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Gardian

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  1. Sorry about the double “Eek”.
  2. Eek !!! As a French resident, it sounds like I’ll go for a bit of self-imposed quarantine around that time.
  3. Eek !!! As a French resident, it sounds like I’ll go for a bit of self-imposed quarantine around that time.
  4. Best wishes to everybody from down here in southern France. Like many, we’re away from family just now, but hopefully not for long. BF will come through !
  5. All that I want to know is whether FW (aka Chris Rea) has made it back for Christmas. He will have - certain (ish)! The problem is whether he’ll get back for the restart of business in 2021.
  6. Sorry I spoke. Is there any method of me being able to make a post which is an attempt to provide legitimate and accurate advice to people who want to “freely travel in Europe again” ......... without involving you ? It’s not off-piste and completely relevant to the thread.
  7. We are pleased to share some updates on driving licences, a topic that we know is causing some frustration and anxiety. It has recently been confirmed that UK driving licences will continue to be recognised in France until 31 December 2021. The rules for exchanging your licence during 2021 or afterwards have not yet been confirmed. Before 31 December 2020, Brits who are resident in France for at least 185 days per year can apply to exchange their UK licence using the ANTS online platform if they wish to do so. For more information, please refer to the Living in France Guide. There is also
  8. This is going to drive me to drink! Yes, it is principally aimed at residents, but also mentions the (potential) IDP issue, which never actually came to pass. I've now cut and pasted the relevant section from the Embassy Newsletter. If you don't believe what has been sent out to umpteen tens of thousands of British citizens, may I suggest you address your concerns to HM Ambassador to the French Republic, Paris. That address should find him alright.
  9. Cabin-boy ........ If you (or for that matter anybody else) ‘message’ me your email address, I’ll forward the whole British Embassy thing to you - it’s too big to cut & paste on to these pages. In the document, it provides an email address in order to get on to the circulation list. Well worth doing, as it provides accurate and authoritative information, as opposed to speculation. I think that I got on to the circulation list from something that the British Embassy started shortly after the EU Referendum in 2016. At that time, there was a lot of panic flying around amongst th
  10. When I read the comment about “the EU getting their knickers in a twist over IDP”, it made me wonder whether some of you had misread my earlier post. I thought that it was pretty clear - it said that visitors to France will not require an IDP. Whether some other countries (such as Spain) will require one, I have no idea. The French knickers are definitely not twisted over this matter !
  11. I’m not sure whether this is the right thread for this, but it is a subject which has come up before, so here’s a bit of good news! I’ve just received a lengthy and very informative email from the British Embassy in Paris which has been sent to all British nationals who are known to be resident in France. As said, an excellent communication which basically spells out what you need to do after Brexit. I’ve already carried out or started the necessary actions, but I did notice two things: There will be no requirement for International Driving Licences for visitors to Fran
  12. This was a really interesting account. Unless I’m wrong, the absence of comments suggests that there’s nothing contentious about your report (no bad thing) ......... so don’t be put off posting again.
  13. I’m a bit baffled. I thought that it was the same hurricane which hit southern Brittany and then ended up in the Nice area, but that can’t be right ! We’re in southern France, but a good 300kms from the Var / Alpes Maritime. We had some heavy rain Thursday & Friday, but nothing approaching what they had over there. The weather is very erratic just now - only on Wednesday, we were in the terraced garden of a local restaurant having our lunch with temperatures of 23C. There are a number of people missing in that area, but happily the gendarme who was feared lost was found “safe
  14. We were on an overnight crossing a year or two ago and needed to leave Mrs G’s medication somewhere refrigerated. The Information Desk didn’t bat an eyelid - I seem to remember that it was a form on which name & cabin number had to be recorded. We received one part of the form, the other bit was attached to the medication. Obviously a frequent request (unsurprisingly really) with a sensible and established procedure.
  15. We don’t have a LIDL close to us and even if we did, I doubt that the price would be anything like that. Anyway, this isn’t really anything to do with Sailing Updates - it’s all Cabin-boy’s fault, moaning continually about not being able to get his daily kilo of Cheddar!
  16. Unless C-b’s UK driving licence is about to expire, he has no need to exchange it for a French one. At least, that has been the case hitherto, and I have no reason to believe that Brexit changes that. Just as well, because the procedure takes ages! The French DVLA (which also undertakes a number of other official document procedures) have had a decidedly dodgy last couple of years. When I had to exchange mine a few years ago, it took 9 months and by all accounts that was quick - it was over a year for some! However ....... returning to the Cheddar problem. Have you tried large In
  17. Maybe you should re-name yourself ‘Bristol City’ in order to proclaim the benefits of the aforementioned. 😀
  18. The last thing I’d want to be is a killjoy, but if the infection rate continues to rise I think that movement restrictions are definitely on the cards. Quarantine requirements have been rumoured for weeks, but haven’t come to anything. Makes no sense to introduce it when France’s infection rate is (apart from Spain) as high or higher than anywhere in Europe. We’ve decided to ‘lay low’ for the next couple of weeks. No weekly market visit, cancellation of a couple of non-essential hospital appointments, etc, etc. No plans being even contemplated for a return to the UK at Christm
  19. Gardian

    2021 Timetables

    Something that I ‘ve wanted to say for a while. This EHIC isn’t and has never been, an open sesame to healthcare whilst abroad. From experience with friends who have needed treatment when staying with us, the acceptance / recognition of that card is, to say the least, iffy. I could go in to more detail, but it would be too boring. Suffice to say that if anybody thinks that with an EHIC, they’re ‘alright’, then they’re mistaken. Emergency treatment will always be taken care of, but pretty soon afterwards, any hospital (down here anyway) will want your card details. Our
  20. Well, our son & family have just booked Pompey - Caen for mid -Aug. We’re trying to do our bit as a family !
  21. A picture of their ‘crowded’ crossing.
  22. In my experience, both ‘sides’ of the M25 were horrible, but of course it always depended on the time of day & day of the week. However .......... important to say that my experience and knowledge is 16 yrs out of date, so things will have undoubtedly improved !
  23. Not sure whether this should be here, but anyway ....... Friends of ours, who have a 2nd home down this way in the Herault, haven’t for obvious reasons been able to travel out as they would normally do. They did however make their crossing as above last Thursday. It’s their normal routing. Will be down here for 2 months-ish. Told us this afternoon that there were just 19 cars and 9 lorries on the sailing ......... so barely 50 passengers on the crossing. They said that it was actually very nice. Good weather, picnic lunch on the poop, nobody to disturb them ! You’d
  24. I reckon that anybody who has slagged them off on here, is bound to get the chop ! 😇
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