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Well as I have been and am intending to travel around this area, a few links of interesting places!!

 

http://www.maisondubiscuit.fr/la-biscuiterie/ Another Biscuit factory

 

http://www.andouillerie.fr/ Andouillerie

 

http://www.theo-capelle.com/bienvenue.php Ciderie

 

 

http://www.manchetourisme.com/uk/balades_nature/Detail-Labyrinthes.asp?idOffre=LOINOR050FS000BE&OBJETTOUR_CODE=LOI&idModule=419e535b-b6c8-4c58-8015-95cd49771842 Maze

 

I picked up the two Cherbourg brochures while on board and there are loads of interesting places, well worth people picking up copies of these, they're in French, but give some excellent ideas.

 

Regarding the andouillerie, I mentioned this place to someone I know who runs a deli, and he's going over to France in the next few weeks himself and he's quite interested in these!(H)

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Brigitte, dear girl. If you are going to Quinéville, (20 miles from Cherbourg) primarily to the biscuit factory, which Linda thoroughly recommends, you might like to know that, if you have the time and can drag yourself away from the biscuits, there is WWll museum there that may be of interest. The beach at Quinéville is where the British commando/frogmen landed to take samples of the sand, gravel and pebbles, right under the noses of the Germans, before the D-Day landings happened.

A very pretty little place, have a good one!

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Thanks for that Greg - I am looking for things to do around the area as well as the factory. (which I have got to check on the opening times yet) and this sounds a great place.

 

As said in other thread, I managed to sort a driver out and had a really great time my last visit, he came up the Phare with me and we spent a lot of time taking piccies and having a great laugh. And the cost wasn't too bad, considering the cost of a hotel room or what a cabin would have cost, the money saved goes towards the drive so I can get to these little places!! And have great company too, chap is a great laugh, speaks fluent English and has a great sense of humour.

 

One question though - not sure if I will or not, would I be able to bring andouilles back home on Barfleur? Think some foodstuffs aren't allowed through customs. Do they pong that much..... As said probably won't, but worth asking!!

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I don't thiink you'd have a problem bringing anything back Brigitte, we never have, and taking 3 or 4 trips a year we always bring a fridge full of cold meats, garlic sausage and stuff back. Just walk through customs as if you own the place!!! (H)

And to kill two birds with one post, glad you have a driver sorted. He'll know exactly where to go. 8-)

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Slightly off topic, but .....

 

Buying chilled products at Carrefour, Herroville, we have always made use of the service of getting ice from the fish section to put in our cool box.

 

I was surprised, some two weeks, that the service had been stopped. This was due to idiot antics by a drunk. I'll be writing to them to try and organise something.

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Slightly off topic, but .....

Buying chilled products at Carrefour, Herroville, we have always made use of the service of getting ice from the fish section to put in our cool box.

 

We used to get free ice from the oyster house in St. Vaast Pat. Some years back they got a bit 'upity' as were back every two or three months, even though we took them a bottle of decent scotch, only the once, so I treated the car to a Waeco fridge for just such purposes. Best £120 I'd spent in a long time. We still use it four years on, now in its third different car.

Saw some of the oyster men in a bar some weeks ago and they thought we'd stopped going to St. Vaast. Ended up having a very pleasant evening!!! Hence my 'avatar'. 8-)

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Glad about the andouilles - I know someone who regularly says food served to him tastes like, well you know, the S word. So I thought I'd give him something to shut him up! :D

 

 

Only joking - I do know someone like that thought - very tempting!! ;)

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Glad about the andouilles - I know someone who regularly says food served to him tastes like, well you know, the S word. So I thought I'd give him something to shut him up! :D

 

 

Only joking - I do know someone like that thought - very tempting!! ;)

 

Brigitte, I love French cuisine but that is one item that will never be on my menu.

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I'm only toying with the idea at the mo - they are expensive and don't want to end up spitting it out and throwing it away after one bite, be nice to sample one first - now that is an idea for on board tasting sessions instead of wine.....hehehehe!!

 

Having lived very close to a piggery and having that smell permeate the air, worse in summer, I think I could cope!

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Brigitte, as you enjoyed La Cité de la Mer, make a note in your 2012 diary to visit the "Titanic returns to Cherbourg" exhibition there next spring; with 2,000 sq.m of space, it should be a good show. (Click on the maroon text 12th April 1912... top right of the page for more info.)

 

More info in Reflets magazine - aller to page 10.

 

Hopefully, you will be able to travel there on the Barfleur next spring. I've refrained from commenting elsewhere on this topic coz I'm too peed off :@

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Looks great, well worth seeing - they have a lot of unoccupied space there which looks like it is being prepared for something, so this looks like it! I am interested in anything Titanic.

 

Agreed hopefully I will be able to get there on Poole's very own Titanic - which is what I've heard her referred to around these parts! Understand you bein peed off - me too - after spending all that money and effort on the passport!!!

 

That Titanic link is now on my Favourites.

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Hopefully, you will be able to travel there on the Barfleur next spring. I've refrained from commenting elsewhere on this topic coz I'm too peed off :@Live in hope Alan.This time last year we had no Barfleur and only Condor at Poole. We are all a bit sad but let's hope we get her back for the early spring. I'm travelling on Barfleur at the end of August and hope for many more crossings on this old friend.

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Well, I just tried to book for the Friday night crossing from Poole for the 5th August/return 6th, and apparently it is fully booked, well for the 24 hr prices anyway, even for footies!! So I am going next week instead. She couldn't find a space for any of the August Saturday evening sailings from Cherbourg.

 

Sounds like I'll have a month off, but sounds positive news for Barfleur, and I'll plan a couple more for September!

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Sounds like I'll have a month off, but sounds positive news for Barfleur!

 

Peak holiday season so don't get your hopes up too much!

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Think the Echo article mentioned something about them wanting to see how the peak months fare, so if all goes well! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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Well, I just tried to book for the Friday night crossing from Poole for the 5th August/return 6th, and apparently it is fully booked, well for the 24 hr prices anyway, even for footies!!....... QUOTE]

 

You should have tried an alternative time Brigitte, we did. We're going out on the 11.00 (a.m.) sailing on Friday 12th August, back Saturday 19.00. It means an Ibis hotel on Friday night but at €39.50 it isn't too expensive.

This way we get a good dinner Friday night and all day Saturday to see friends in St. Vaast & lunch at the Marina Restaurant.

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Think the Friday night sailing is easiest for me, Greg - as it saves on hotels and the money saved goes upwards the cost of the cab! Otherwise it is fastcraft out and Barfleur back - this way I get a day trip and both sailings on Barfleur. Hotels are something I've considered, but find the overnighter easier for my needs. Not ruling it out for the future, though, Ibis prices look good!

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I see certainly see your point and reasoning Brigitte, just thought the 'alternative sailing' would at least give you a chance to take in some of the Cherbourg night-life! 8-)

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I wonder if the cab driver fancies being a male escort for the evening....

 

And not that type neither, well not the extras!!....:D I'll have a word, apparently the Cherbourg nightlife is quite vibrant, there is a hotel in the BF brochure right close to the town centre, although think they are much more expensive. Be good if BF put Barfleur on for a few Christmas sailings, be nice to go over for Christmas shopping and to see the winter countryside in France.

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Brigitte, I love French cuisine but that is one item that will never be on my menu.

 

Agreed - I will try anything that the French eat and andouillette is about the only thing I've not enjoyed. It is basically a cold sausage made of tripe, it looks appealing when served at those market stalls by Bretons wearing black boater hats with ribbons attached but to my taste it's awful. I bought one for a picnic a few years ago, the kids spat it out, my wife smelt it and refused to try it, I made a real effort to enjoy it but it defeated me and I threw most of it away.

 

Better to save your euros for some oysters at St Vaast!

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I have to TRY one!! I want to get the guy driving me to film it - then I'll put it on you tube. If I don't like it then fair enough, but it is a challenge on my list to complete before October, be funny!

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Agreed - I will try anything that the French eat and andouillette is about the only thing I've not enjoyed. It is basically a cold sausage made of tripe, it looks appealing when served at those market stalls by Bretons wearing black boater hats with ribbons attached but to my taste it's awful. I bought one for a picnic a few years ago, the kids spat it out, my wife smelt it and refused to try it, I made a real effort to enjoy it but it defeated me and I threw most of it away.

 

Better to save your euros for some oysters at St Vaast!

 

Andouillette is not served cold. It is pan fried or bbqed. The one that is cold and smoked is andouille. Both are acquired taste and of varying quality. If it is not made to high quality standards it is then disgusting. If you can try a proper one you might change your opinion...

 

A french politician, Edouard Herriot, once said "Andouillette is like politics, it must have a scent of poop but not too much"

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I once played a board game called Orgy - and before anyone gets the wrong idea, it was based on a Roman version of Monopoly where people traded chariots, villas and slaves rather than houses and hotels. If you landed on a square called Orgy you had to drink what was in the glass on the table, which was often a cocktail of various drinks all poured in the same glass, hence the name Orgy - a drinking orgy - but if you landed on FEAST you had to eat something, in our case we were using up Christmas leftovers. I remember having to eat custard creams dunked in piccalilli and pickled onions dunked in trifle. And lots of similar!!! The drinks started out as a couple of shots of vodka and orange, but ended up pint glasses with a mixture of spirits, orange juice, Newcastle Brown and milk, there were some VERY sore heads the next day

 

http://www.games2collect.com/Data/Compendium%20Items/Library/O/Orgy%201986%20Comissatio.html

 

Talking of smelly food - the durian is the fruit equivalent of the andouillette, some hotels and airlines ban them, they stink roughly the same.

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Andouillette is not served cold. It is pan fried or bbqed. The one that is cold and smoked is andouille. Both are acquired taste and of varying quality. If it is not made to high quality standards it is then disgusting. If you can try a proper one you might change your opinion...

 

A french politician, Edouard Herriot, once said "Andouillette is like politics, it must have a scent of poop but not too much"

Exactly,Crechbleiz. Here in the Vendee we have a large market at La Roche sur Yon. There at Le Roi du Boudin you get delicous andouillette as well as their own ham and sausages.It is not to strong a flavour and with a bottle of red it goes down a treat. Also at Longeville sur Mer the local butcher sells a very good andouillette.

Cooked on the barbeque accompanied with Vendeen beans and a baguette it is very good. I'm getting hungry ,what's for dinner !

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