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Redwards

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  1. I wonder what type of cruise ferry experience we will get to see after this Pandemic passes. I do not mean the immediate post lockdown restart. But in the media comments are being made of social distancing being maintained etc for a very long time. BF crossings have always been more than just a way of crossing to France. The restaurants and shops on board, the relative spaciousness and pretty good cabins are why I think people pay a premium for for using BF cruise ferries. If this is watered down by health requirements what will the cruise ferry experience look like and will it co
  2. Not sure if its been covered elsewhere. After 2 years of not being able to slip over to France for a break or holiday, a window of opportunity is opening to us. My wife is concerned about the refugee issue, because the last time we crossed "Ouistreham" was full of migrants and she was to put it mildly worried! Can anyone update us on the current position regarding the terminal and approaches what the position is for Cars etc Finally i know I asked this 2 years ago but can any of you regular travellers recommend a restaurant for dinner before an overnight crossing from Ouistre
  3. Thank you all for such detailed and thoughtful comments. I suspect the full impact will not become clear until after the event whenever that is. I guess we as a couple are scuppered now and its too late to move, which is a shame as we feel more European than English these days and thats with me not being political at all. Its the way of life and how people live and interact that appeals
  4. The site was French property guide. I am sure them mean fully relocate to France but I was just hoping we could have a foot in 2 camps for I suspect the outcome of whatever is agreed will not suit me who likes the current freedom of movement allowed
  5. Hello I am asking a question of you hardened franco/spaino/files (not the right phrase but hey ho) I have just seen an article from an estate agent, that as long as one buys a french (EU) property in the EU before the dreaded March date next year then your EU rights may be protected. This seems too good to be true hence my question to all you more experienced french property owners. Can this be holiday home or do you actually have to move to to france? Whilst the latter would be my preferred option, we cannot achieve this in the deadline unless one of us decided that was our p
  6. The one comment that resonates with me is the "customs " issue. I remember the hassle of entering the uk before the EU membership. Ignore the duty free issues; it was the inquisition of every car, what have you bought? where from? etc. etc. Not that I am worried about hiding stuff; its the time it takes; bearing in mind border control at Portsmouth is never more than 50% manned in the kiosks. I then extend that to every lorry. They will need searching as I am sure that post a hardish brexit our friends in France will not be opening nearly every lorry to look inside it will be the resp
  7. I appreciate this may well have been discussed before but as it seems we are drifting (I am trying to be non political here) towards a hard border between the EU and the UK I wonder if our more knowledgeable members have any ideas on what our ferry ports will be like to transit post brexit. We are frustrated now with uk border and their ponderous processing of cars at Portsmouth. What happens with no free movement? Lorries parked everywhere waiting to clear the port customs ship turnarounds taking hours longer as they cannot get vehicles off the ferries unless the ports expand?
  8. We are planning a short break in Normandy in November returning overnight from Ouistreham. I was hoping to get some ideas of where we can eat before the crossing as we have rather fallen out with LeGoeland as they try to turn the tables too quickly. We like fairly relaxed dining and I know in the past there have seen some other restaurants mentioned. One final point is given the issues of the illegal migrants is it better to look to eat elsewhere and move to Ouistreham later but it would need to be fairly close. Has anyone got any suggestions please.
  9. Came back Staurday evening 23rd. Ouistreham/Portsmouth. Beautiful day in France. On arriving in Ouistreham early we went to the bar and then to go and get dinner. We were interested to see up to 12 odd looking chaps hanging around and every now and then they were chased off by the Gendarmes. Later that evening they were all congregated by the Car park in a bus shelter and the gendarmes seemed to have gone home. The ferry terminal security has been tightened up since we last went through in June. So much so that without the security man letting anyone through we would not have got into th
  10. Just a suggestion if you dont mind country lanes, Leave the A84 short of Caen at the Villars Bocage junction. Go through that heading for Bayeux. At Bayeux take the D12 heading for Reviers then head for Colleville-Montgomery. Its all small villages speed bumps but the traffic always moves albeit slowly. We nearly always head back to the ferry port this way. It slows me down after the main roads, and quite frankly I dont enjoy the Caen ring road after a long drive. Went this way to Ouistreham from Bayeux last Thursday pm was lovely run through the countryside. got to Ouistreham in t
  11. In April we crossed Portsmouth Caen, overnight. We were sitting in the bar having nightcap just before sailing and were rather surprised to see 4 or 5 armed maritime police/marines wander through with guns at the ready so to speak. They were also wandering about in the morning. The purpose of the post is to ask if this a normal sight on the ferries now, or were we just crossing at a highly sensitive time. I cannot say it bothered me apart from to reflect how sad things are that we were not that surprised to see them. The security at either end did not seem any more noticeable.
  12. Great report thank you We went to Benodet in Nov last year, the weather looked similar stayed at same hotel and fell in love with the area. We had been to Vannes and Carnac before and further North but not Benodet. We enjoyed our run back and like you turned off at Villars Bocage but headed for Bayeaux and it seemed ok. Likewise seemed great value and fun for us
  13. If you ever get the chance I recommend Oban to Barra or South Uist from memory the short crossing (whichever they land at first is about 5 hours) We went a few years ago Tuesday afternoon from Oban it was a very rough crossing as a hurricane was just working itself out after crossing the Atlantic and after we had traversed the sound of Mull the swell was "significant" The boat was Lord of the Isles, my all time favourite Calmac vessel having been on her many times. A great sea keeping boat and I have to say a truly fascinating crossing, despite a fair amount of pitch and roll I saw no one
  14. Redwards

    prices 2017

    Hello all. Thanks for your input. I have revisited, I think I may be clashing partly with Bank holiday. I have re looked at going Caen both ways and the price drops over £120. The issue of day crossing does not really work for us due to our location and travel issues. The other big impact is a Friday night crossing outwards. I guess BF will charge more for that. Unfortunately most holiday accommodation is Saturday to Saturday. BF dont have any inclusive self catering where we want to go which is another great way of saving money. So the best I have it got it down to is about £480 If
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    prices 2017

    Just come back from a wonderful short BF hotel break in SW Brittany. Loved the area so looked at booking a Gite/cottage late May 2017 to go back for a week. However looking at ferry ticket prices they seem to be around £700 return for overnight plus a cabin out to St Malo back from Ouistreham. If we add a cottage to this its just to much its nearly double what we would pay for accommodation. I have to say I am a little shocked, maybe our BF days are coming to an end. Do BF enthusisasts know of better ways to get the best ferry prices? Most accommodation is Sat to Sat so mid weekntrave
  16. Crossing for 3 night Hotel break with BF and told the arrival time moved up to 6.45 from 7.30am Does anyone know why? No major issue for us. But we are interested
  17. We have been using Gites ans short hotel breaks for many years. They are very good value. The last trip we made using the BF holidays ans short breaks was. Port en Bessin 2 night hotel stay. We loved it. We are off to Benodet on the 1st Nov for 3 nights in a hotel. We want some Sea air and costal walks combined with some early seasonal shopping. Hope you enjoy it.
  18. Redwards

    The new world

    I have read so many views in or out, here and elsewhere. I started as a leave and ended as a fervant stayer. Not through any of the absolute rubbish put in the papers or spoken in the campaigns ( I have to say though, I think whatever is put in the Daily Mail is rubbish made up by reporters based on little fact). My decision came from thinking about the consequences of going and then of staying and for me the balance was heavily on stay. Not just for me. I worry about the younger generation and the shrinking of their opportunities because no matter what people say the next few years will be
  19. Redwards

    The new world

    I have read so many views in or out, here and elsewhere. I started as a leave and ended as a fervant stayer. Not through any of the absolute rubbish put in the papers or spoken in the campaigns ( I have to say though, I think whatever is put in the Daily Mail is rubbish made up by reporters based on little fact). My decision came from thinking about the consequences of going and then of staying and for me the balance was heavily on stay. Not just for me. I worry about the younger generation and the shrinking of their opportunities because no matter what people say the next few years will be
  20. As an adult rather than with Parents, Earl William to Channel Isles built 1964 travelled on in 1981. Pen ar Bed BF built 1973? travelled 1982 Looking more up to date the whole of the western channel fleet of BF before the current LOVELY incumbents. My father was a between the wars merchant mariner its in the blood but locked away by living about as far from the sea as you can live. I am sure its an age thing, but I am less enamoured with the newer boats. Dont lets argue about it its just me getting older. Looking forward to a special offer break this weekend. Thanks for r
  21. lovely story of a real family travel experience thank you for sharing. I envy you 3 generations together having a good time
  22. We as a family like Normandie. I would say that the last time we travelled on her in July she was showing signs of wear with some carpets looking decidedly worn. But this is superficial, to our untrained eye the actual fabric of the ship looks looks pretty good. She is reliable and does a brilliant job crossing 3 times daily. We are always pleased to see her coming in when waiting at Ouistreham. Long may she continue. we also like MSM and will be interested to see how her again. Unfortunately it will not be till next year now.
  23. Well hello, I am sorry never followed this through Live in Tenbury Wells. Worcs. Now retired so now want to travel but strangely the money does not match the desire Love France not that well travelled have got fed up with UK and am thinking of living in France Going to France 4 March for a couple of days after 15 months miss it so much
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