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Camembert Run - Sunday 18th September 2011

After reluctantly getting out of bed at 5am, we met David and Kerry Smith at the Eurotunnel terminal in Folkestone with enough time to grab a much needed coffee.

The train was loaded shortly after, with very little fuss or hanging about and before we knew it, we were in French France. 

Unloading was equally painless, and we were soon on our way out of Calais, with David and Kerry’s Spider leading, roof down to enjoy the weather.

We took a well planned detour off the beaten track, through some pretty French villages, with the stunning scenery of the Parc National Regional Des Caps Et Marais D’opale.  This route led us past small local shops, including a patisserie, which we just had to take advantage of.

We also stopped at a small but extremely well stocked Carrefore.  This was a local shop for local people. There were no other British cars in the car park.  Having grabbed armfuls of cheese, wine and a few other favourites we set off once again.

We made our way to Boulogne, where we stopped to explore the old town.  We walked round the castle and cathedral, before stopping for coffee at one of the many cafes overlooking a square with a display of culinary gardening.

Following a walk round the castle walls, we set off again, heading for Le Touquet a short drive down the auto route.

We parked right on the sea front and walked the short distance into the bustling narrow streets of the town. 

We found a friendly restaurant and sat down for lunch.  Many moules were eaten whilst we chatted .  Free entertainment was provided as there was a major brass band festival in the town.

By the time lunch was finished, many of the shops were open and we split up to wander round .

Amanda and I had a walk along the lovely sandy beach and stopped for a coffee to admire the view and do some people watching.

We met  back at the cars ready to make the trip back to Calais, which took less than an hour.  We arrived back at the terminal with plenty of time to take advantage of the ‘Duty Free’ shop for some last minute bargains.  Very good offers on wine !

The train loaded up and we headed for home, a little tired but happy.  A very good day out, enjoyed by all.  Many thanks to David and Kerry who organised the event.

Dave Norman

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