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  1. Gardian

    ibis Plymouth

    But apart from all that Neil .......... OK-ish?
  2. Yes, resident over here for 15 years and had my 1st ‘controle’ very close to home at 10.30 in the morning (on the way to the tip). It was no problem & I’d wish that they did it more often. There are more than a few vehicules around here with the ass hanging out of them. French MOT? Bureaucracy to be avoided as far as they’re concerned.
  3. That’s incorrect as regards UK licence holders driving in France. Up until now, there was no requirement to exchange to a French licence until the UK licence became expired. Of course, all this may well change after Brexit. Furthermore, I can’t speak authoritatively as regards other countries.
  4. Yes, but why ? We were in a local restaurant recently and there was a couple (40yo-ish) who were both on their phones for most of the service. Presumably they were talking to somebody else and not each other ! Call me old fashioned, but I think that what I’ve just described is worrying / sad.
  5. That’s not playing fair though, is it? With the ground at 45 degrees behind it, the ‘JCB bucket-swipe’ from its rear would be tricky. Mark you, I’m all in favour of enforcing phone misuse etc and (I’m bound to admit) my own observation of the speed limits has been sharpened by a few fines. These were before I had to exchange my UK licence for a French one and I didn’t then incur any points. Not so now !
  6. Not around here they haven’t. Just about every former site is empty - just (literally) the scorched earth. I remain cautious however, as mobile ones can turn up at any time. Furthermore a new and improved Mk II camera is meant to be on its way - supposedly vandal-proof, but where there’s a will, the boys will find a way.
  7. Gardian

    CF vs PA

    Hmmmm. Fresh air yes. Scruffy, also yes. PA every time. Apart from the top level cabins (which are really nice) I don’t ‘get’ CF. Not for me.
  8. Auchmill ........... I understand your view, but Motorail was a product of the 70’s / 80’s, wasn’t it ? A bit like the Silver City aircraft transporting 3 or 4 cars at a time from Lydd to Beauvais in the 60’s / 70/s. I did both at the time, but they were ‘never for ever’, were they?
  9. This is all very interesting to read, but forgive me ............ is it not just ‘pie in the sky’? I say this as a former Thames Valley resident for whom access to Dover / Portsmouth etc was simply a matter of choice rather than a travel nightmare. However, surely a ‘northern’ service to somewhere in France is a complete non-runner. First, any service would have to be operated by a ‘southern’ ferry company and thus the return service would have to take place before the outbound. A bit like the existing Cork - Roscoff if you see what I mean. Thus you ‘lose’ a day or two on a 2 week holiday. Second, fares would certainly be eye-watering - they’d have to be. Those who complain (with justification) about the awfulness of long & tiring journeys to the south coast would probably vote for that rather than the inevitable high fares. Third, and the events of recent times are evidence of this, sending a ship some way ‘out of bounds’ when weather & mechanical problems can intervene, is just asking for trouble. If it was your business, you wouldn’t give the notion a moment’s thought, would you?
  10. Around here, they say that the Dutch bring their own spuds with them ........... and take back the peelings !!
  11. I used the Night Ferry shortly before its demise. 1979? By then, there were only 3 or 4 sleeping cars. Quite frankly, it was pretty dire - an absolute certainty of being woken up when the sleeping cars were loaded on to to the ferry. No catering whatsoever. Bad news. You might ask why on earth I used it? Answer is that I needed to be in Dijon late morning that day + it seemed like a good idea at the time.
  12. This has probably been covered elsewhere, so forgive me .......... but where’s the facility to book (as it were) via this site?
  13. I have to say that all my (our) BF travel is out of season, so availability is never a problem.
  14. Gardian

    Short Break

    Its sad I know, but we have always awarded points out of 10 for loos visited over here. Having become resident, we’re a little more ‘savvy’ now - however you can still get caught out. When spending a pleasant morning at a local Marche de Fleurs, we stopped by the local bar for a refreshing drink. I thought that I ‘d avail myself of the facilities prior to our return home. The ‘place’ got -2, and that was generous !
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