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Penlan

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  1. The website is still up and gives the address as St Pol Rhys
  2. Coming up through St Pol today, I was just going to pull in when I noticed Red Cash wine seemed to be closed and the site for sale. Is this another Brexit casualty?? Rhys
  3. Sadly they don't, just a bare list of numbers adults / infants. Had to contact BF today, we set off from West Wales to the passport office in Newport to find the passports Social Services said "were there", weren't actually ready. In fact they were only "ready" at 14.00 - sailing 15.00. Now my driving style is a bit brisk, given free rein my VW Transporter can shift and I know SS expect miracles but that wasn't going to happen. So it was back to a very helpful customer services person from BF who managed to get us on the PA tomorrow night. Could be real fun with two infants on an overnight. But that's 250 miles I didn't need to drive and an additional 100 pounds ferry fees, at least SS agreed to cover it. Rhys
  4. Dragging this thread back to it's original theme.... We are due to sail to Brittany tomorrow, taking two children who are subject to a care order. Social Services being the legends they are, told us not to apply for passports for the children, it was their job. Which why we still have no passports..... The latest , I needed to prove the children are booked on the ferry tomorrow which you cannot do with a ticket as al it says is two infants. It took BF customer services 5 minutes to come up with the details. At least someone is on top of their job... Rhys
  5. We have had a few issues over the years (not many) Each time an email to customer services produced a response that more than met our expectations. On one occasion we made it very clear that we were not actually complaining but making a suggestion of how they might do things better. They sent us a 50 pound voucher for the restaurant, which we definitely were not expecting. Rhys
  6. My all time favorite - just like all the other ships. Sailed on Bretagne when she was about a month into service, 30 years ago, has been a favorite ever since. Actually I like the current Armorique, (the first was just awful in any sort of sea) never feels crowded. The Trecastel was also pretty grim. I can cope with the PA, not a huge fan but worth doing the Thursday out of Plymouth to get the restaurant. Never been on the Barf, thought the MSM was huge and a bit souless. Normandie felt second hand about 2 years ago. Must book another crossing on the Bretagne before she goes, it's worth is just to be up forard as she comes into St Malo!! Rhys
  7. We have gone the Barbican route for a few years now, glad this was highlighted as we are on a 3PM crossing later this month and could do without chaos at the end of what will probably be a long day. Leaving Fishguard with two infants (not us) in the back, never done a long car trip before, picking up daughter on the way (who is so organised she will probably wait for us to arrive before she starts packing). Would have been a lovely end to the day..... That said, my new Garmin would probably have picked this up and offered a diversion. Rhys
  8. After a series of Xantia we moved on to Citroen C5 Estates but now have a little Vw transporter day van which just about passes as an MPV and holds 1500 kg of: coffee, veg, oils, fruit, power tools and other essentials. Rhys
  9. One of the good things about the old Xantia Estate, it could hold 1100Kg - that's a bottle or two of Merlot. Rhys
  10. There must have been someone on there who loved "Milk tray" Rhys
  11. A bit like Wales used to be then, it was free to leave but you had to pay to come back in. Rhys
  12. Anything less than 500L is hand baggage...... We had some issues a few years back when the crews went on strike and BF "arranged" for us to come by via Calais. Now, we use BF precisely because our home is in Fishguard and house in Guemene Sur Scorff which makes Dover Calais a total non choice for us. BF seemed incapable of grasping this at all at the time. Rhys
  13. Thought it was just me!! Rhys
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