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  1. My first ever trip to France, aged 11, was also my first flight: from Exeter to Dinard, stopping in Jersey; it was in a DC3, belonging to Jersey Airlines. A long time ago...but I remember the view of the French coast even now, and the excitement of the occasion. Noisy old kite.
  2. If you have a Mac, it is easy: create your document in whatever application you usually use (Pages is the Mac default) and go to "file" on the top bar and "export as .pdf", which can be saved to wherever you choose, Desktop is the most convenient. If you have a Windows machine, sorry, I have no idea...Best of luck.
  3. The boxes say: “Development of 3 road bridges Finance by AFHF €2m” “Work on the height clearance of 4 tunnels between Poitiers and Bordeaux: 1) Minor works permitting reduced speed from 2024 Finance by? Total? 2) Rebuilding works bringing up to full height clearancefor 2028 Finance by AFITI? Total?” “Urgent work between Niort and Saintes to maintain the provision of service in 2021 Finance CPER €6m” “ (Red) Main route (Blue) Main route necessary for a robust and profitable service but not giving adequate height clearan
  4. They are only kittens. They always have big ears, but tend to grow into them, in my experience!
  5. Why is it "frankly astonishing"? The EU has no jurisdiction over labour laws except insofar as they interfere with the workings of the single market: that is, leading to discrimination between nationals, or distorting the market.
  6. Strictly speaking, it should be Galícia, with the stress accent for the second syllable. Unless someone knows otherwise.... I wonder if that will be painted in to her name?
  7. My wife uses them on sea journeys, buses and anywhere she might get motion sickness, to which she is prone. She no longer has a problem since using SeaBands. More anecdotal evidence...
  8. The RyanAir comparison is a false one. Taking your own vehicle enables you to take large amounts of luggage and personal effects with you, necessary when passing through different climatic zones (and Spain has got several). That bumps up the cost on the low-cost air carriers by much more than the £9. And that is per person, so if two or more people are travelling, that can more than double the price. Then there is the cost of getting to, and probably staying near, your nearest RyanAir/EasyJet etc. airport. Car hire at the other end is cheap if you want a small runabout for a few days, expensiv
  9. The "Brextra" crossing Ply-Ro we took on Thursday was very sparse indeed. 4 trucks and the rest all on the same deck, with a lot of empty space.
  10. I can sympathise with you and your long haul to the coast, but you also need to realise that Cornwall and parts of Devon are also a long way from places like Portsmouth, and there are no motorways along the South Coast until you reach the M27, and that doesn't go so far. If you are going to Brittany or Western France and having to add the extra hours travelling from Ouistreham, that can make a big difference to the journey too. As for Folkestone and Dover, have you any idea how far they are from, say, Plymouth? (285 miles according to Mr. Google). I am not sure I can answer the "Use it or los
  11. Yes, I thought this was one of the more interesting discussions...
  12. From Wikipedia: "Cape Finisterre (Galician: Cabo Fisterra, Spanish: Cabo Finisterre) is a rock-bound peninsula on the west coast of Galicia, Spain." Seems to clear that up! Galicia is a magnificent region, not so well-known to British visitors - I am sure you will love it.
  13. I don't get it.... Surely the Spanish (Galego) is Cabo Fisterra?
  14. No, it was everywhere, including the toilets and outside areas. (Except the reading lounge).
  15. Well, that's the problem, isn't it? People have become so used to the background music that they don't notice it any more. As for the hundreds of schoolchildren: perhaps if there was a quieter atmosphere, they might not be so tempted to make a lot of noise... Too much to hope for, methinks.
  16. Travelling back to Plymouth on Armorique last Wednesday I got irritated by the constant background music, everywhere, except the Reading Lounge (and that was pretty well fully occupied for most of the crossing). Isn't it possible to have more music-free zones, or indeed, a music-free ship? What is the use of it? Do people really enjoy it? Couldn't those who like it be given headphones to have their own music on board? Shouldn't the crossing be a relaxing, peaceful experience, particularly before and after a long drive? Don't the staff get fed up with it? I would be interested in others' v
  17. I think perhaps that by using the expression "appears to be the accepted practice in France", you may have succumbed to the dissemination of bias by the mainstream press. How often do these events actually occur? There is no doubt that the French - particularly the farmers - are robust in their response to what they perceive as injustices, but to claim that this is "accepted practice" is, I would suggest, an exaggeration. However, you are right to suggest that in this instance, the unions seem to have shot themselves in the foot!
  18. I really think this joke is wearing a bit thin...On the other hand, the orange décor hasn't been mentioned for a while.
  19. It is important to people who may have travelled a long way and are desperate for something to eat, or to get their head down. It can be considerably more than 10-15 minutes.
  20. The advantage of city centre hotels is indeed that you can easily drift in to the Spanish lifestyle with restaurants, cafés, people-watching, etc. But you have to take into account that the access is sometimes difficult (particularly with suitcases, etc.) and parking is not always provided. There are times when a just-out-of-centre hotel is better for that reason, and a short walk is all that is necessary: several places we have visited have Paradores in just such a situation (Toledo being one). While Paradores and upmarket hotels may seem extravagant, out of season the rates (particularl
  21. You can also do the same in reverse to get to the ferryport, heading past Marsh Mills and turning off left on the A386, following signs to Plymouth Albion Football ground, and then turning right just past the ground towards Millbay docks. It's not always a clear road by any means, but it's not as convoluted as the marked route from Marsh Mills.
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