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Mar 31, 2008 - Boulogne-sur-Mer

We had chosen a campsite (under the place name of Boulogne-Sur-Mer) not too far from Dunkirk but took the scenic route round the coast via Sangatte - Fiona was curious to see the place where the infamous refugee camp is, did not see the camp itself. Sangatte looked quite poor and run-down with everything shut, although think this last factor may have been the long lunch break the French have. The villages we drove through were very pretty - buildings with orange tiled rooves, and not too far from the beaches .... could see the potential...

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Oct 4, 2006 - Le Portel

As it was raining heavily when we woke up, we waited for it to pass then drove onto Rouen - at least that's where we planned to go! When we got there it was a parking disaster, seems they weren't keen to accommodate camper vans anywhere near the city which makes things rather hard! Rouen was the town where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, so may have been quite interesting but we had to give it the flick! Instead we headed further north as time is ticking now, only two days left now! We pulled up at a coastal town, Le Portel, which...

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Sep 11, 2006 - A day in Bruge

Top of the mornin, A wonderful, enlightening day in Bruge. We have been nearing the end of our ropes, physically, and were even considering staying aboard to rest our bones. So glad we made the effort. The distance to Bruge is 20 miles and cab fare oneway is $45.00 Euros. We were lucky enough to team up with a nice couple from Chicago with which to split the fare there and back. Tonight we pack as we must be ready to depart at 6:00 AM to reach Heathrow Airport 4 hours before our flight. We are scheduled to fly out of London at 2:30 PM and...

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May 24, 2006 - Crawley - Calais

The van got serviced this morning, no problems of any significance. Had the front breaks done as a precaution. Left the garage at 1pm headed for Calais, arrived nice and early and spent some time organizing van for the coming months. Managed to get onto an earlier ferry and got into Calais around 730pm. Our plan was to go and do all our shopping at the hypermarkets and sleep in the carpark at the ferry terminal before heading out early to Brugge the next morning. All the info about the markets we had said they are right next to the ferry...

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Apr 15, 2006 - Arrive a France

We arrived in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France and spent our first night in a campground not far from the city. The site was a bit surprising - it seemed quite a few people lived there, and it was a bit, well, daggy, but very cheap. And we could order fresh baguette delivered for breakfast in the morning (now that is what civilisation!).

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Dec 3, 2005 - Kent and Boulogne-sur-mer, France

Another weekend away - this time inspired by some cheap train tickets and some equally cheap chunnel tickets to France in Katie and Martin's car. The weekend started poorly, with me missing the train and needing to pay another £60 to get on the next one which did not bode well for an affordable weekend. It also meant that I got in pretty late, so most of the trip was lacking a lot in the sleep department. Saturday morning started early, rising at 3am for the drive down towards Dover and then over to Calais. Some rather lax border control...

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