Entries Tagged as 'France'

P&O Ferries: Boulogne-sur-Mer’s annual Herring Festival


This will be the 20th anniversary of Boulogne-sur-Mer’s annual Herring Festival brought to you by Fishing Animation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Boulogne-sur-Mer Cote d’Opale.

If you fancy a brisk coastal holiday P&O Ferries Dover to Calais service will leave you just a short journey to Boulogne, easily navigable by public transport, or you can of course take your car along with you.

This is an excellent chance to enjoy fresh herring or kipper, they’re cooked up on huge barbecues, the whole town turns out for this event, with a joyful atmosphere and glass of Beaujolais you can have a fun and tasty trip to northern France this winter.
You’ll be able to sample all the locally caught fish and the many variations of servings; the festival is on over the weekend of the 19th November, so dress warm. Boulogne-sur-Mer really goes all out for the Herring Festival with traditional dress, there will be a musical performed by Dominique Pourre on the Saturday starting at 3. The festival starts at 10 AM so you may want to arrive the night before, the day doesn’t finish until 7pm so there will be plenty of time for you to travel on the Saturday it begins.

P&O Ferries run a frequent Dover to Calais service, from there it is about a half an hours’ drive to Boulogne and all the herring you can eat.

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P&O Ferries: Le Grand Rex a tour of cinema history


The famous Le Grande Rex cinema, in Paris, is opening a special exhibit on the 22nd of October with all the signatures it has gathered from visiting movie stars and singer on display. These include such huge names as Woody Allen, Cesaria Evora, Angelina Jolie and (if it’ll impress you) Justin Bieber.

Etoiles du Rex is an interactive tour (think Universal Studios in Paris). It welcomes all ages and would make a fun day out for the family or anybody with an appreciation of the movie making process. Although the theatre itself is far more impressive to behold at night when the tower is lit up a tour during the day will certainly be well worth it.

The tour is not without its share of surprises, you and your companions can do a bit of acting and be superimposed into movies such like King Kong and you’ll get the chance to purchase your footage on DVD. Your digital tour guide French cartoon star Manissa (styled on Jessica Rabbit), you get to have look through real sets and see animatronic puppets come to life. You’ll get a talk through some of the workings of movies including special effects and sound effects.

For a unique and intriguing tour of European cinema take a P&O Ferry from Dover to Calais, bring the car, bring the kids.

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P&O Ferries deal: 10% off all cottage holidays in France


The days are getting shorter, the need for layers is greater, and despite the holiday season being over a lot of you will feel the need to break the daily routine. One great way to do just that is to jump on a P&O Ferry, cross the Channel and spend a few nights in a lovely cottage in France. Sound good? It is good – and to top it off, Cottages4you are offering P&O Ferries customers a 10% discount on all French properties.

At Cottages4you, you can choose between thousands of holiday properties in regions all over France. Properties range from studios and rusty farmhouses to multi-room villas and chateaux. Whether you’d like to while away the days in Brittany, Provence or Normandy, Cottages4you are likely to have you covered.

What better way to unwind than to settle down in a cosy cottage with a couple of good books, and work up an appetite with leisurely walks through the surrounding countryside?

Book your holiday now and take advantage of this fantastic P&O Ferries offer!

For more information on this deal, click here.

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P&O Ferries: Bouldering in France


If you are just getting in to climbing, want get back into practice or are a veteran out for a bit of a challenge then bouldering may be for you. France offers many unique opportunities to go bouldering or regular rock climbing. With the Pyrenees bordering Spain and the Alps to the east, but if you were otherwise unaware, there’s an excellent bouldering site in the north of France.

Kerlouan is a bit remote but since climbing is a personal sport this is far from a bad thing, still, better to have someone along with you just in case you take a tumble. Kerlouan is a perfect spot if you’re planning a family holiday you can follow the coast to a corner of Europe.

The sandy beaches will make for a soft landing as you climb unrestrained by ropes. About 15 years ago the village of Kerlouan was all but deserted, but a rehabilitation effort was implemented in 2004, nevertheless the region is somewhat remote so take due caution.

For bouldering, Kerlouan has a mixed difficulty of problems ranging from 4a’s to 8a’s so if you want to test yourself the northwest coast of France could be for you.

For an extreme holiday P&O Ferries can get you across the Channel on the cheap, you and the family with a car at minimal expense, with P&O Ferries Dover-Calais service.

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Use P&O Ferries as the starting point for your barging holiday in France


There are a few ways to explore a country, all of which have their own benefits. Walking and hiking gives travellers the time to take in scenery, as well as provide some healthy exercise. Driving around in a car or travelling by train has the advantage of enabling people to see more than one region and compare and contrast different experiences within the same country.

Barging, however, combines the peace and quiet of walking and the convenience and comfort of travelling by rail. France lends itself beautifully to this way of travelling, with its different regions, calm and gorgeous waterways and penchant for enjoying great food and drink.

There are numerous barging companies operating in France these days, and it’s definitely an option you should consider on your next P&O Ferries trip down to France. The region of Burgundy is only a few hours drive away from the P&O port of Calais and has some great barging trips up its sleeve. On the Canal de Bourgogne, you will pass Renaissance aqueducts and churches, as well as beautiful valleys and villages.

Then there is the Burgundy canal, where tours often entail a daytrip to nearby Dijon. Wine tasting is optional and highly recommended! There are multiple providers of barging tours in this area, but have a look around Saint Louis Barge (a bit more high-end, with excellent food) and Go Barging to get an impression of the comfort that could await you on your next P&O Ferries trip!

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Disney Magic Moments Festival


This is the last day to save up to 30% on your hotel, tickets and transport on your holiday to the Disneyland. Make the most of this spectacular offer whilst it lasts, a holiday to DisneyLand when the Magical Moments Festival in full swing will be one of the highlights of your year. To further this offer, kids under 7 willl get free hotel accommodation and park tickets.

If this is too short notice for a booking, the Magical Moments Festival is only halfway through; it doesn’t end until early April 2012 so kids and adults alike can still make the most of some of the attractions limited to the Magical Moments Festival.

Mickey’s Magical Celebration is certainly not to be missed as Disney’s Lord and Master displays his sorcery, wand in hand for an unforgettably magical performance to dazzle and amaze. All the others are there as well from classic Disney to new generations favourites.

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Happy 800th Birthday Reims Cathedral


For those of you who haven’t brushed up on their European Cathedral history, Notre-Dame de Reims is 800 years old, it would have been older had it not burnt down: It had to be rebuilt after fire damage in 1210 AD. The new and improved structure didn’t fare much better with the 100 Years war and successive World Wars in the early 20th century.

Nevertheless the Cathedral is one of the great masterpieces of the Middle Ages. The façade is covered with statues and statuettes, and its history of damage and reconstruction gives it a very definitive and unmatched profile. Celebrations for Reims Cathedral’s 800th birthday have been running since May 6th and come to a close on 23rd of October. Events have included exhibitions, conferences, street performances and lightshows so the public can admire the 81m Cathedral at night.

This structure has been a World Heritage site since 1991 and is a major site of European History. It was host to the coronation of 25 French kings including Joan of Arc crowing Charles VII. To mark such an auspicious birthday, six new stained glass windows have been designed by Imi Knowbel and installed in the apse of the cathedral.

The cathedral at Reims attracts near half a million tourists annually, but in such a special year there is a spirit of celebration which will really allow you to make the most of this magnificent feat of human engineering.

Reims is just a short drive from Calais, P&O Ferries can get you across the channel on their frequent service with a car and the kids you can visit the cathedral that has stood for 8 centuries.

Jump aboard P&O Ferries to explore gothic cathedrals and beautiful landscapes in Picardy

An artificial beach set up in Saint-Quentin town centre

The Picardy province in France lies just south of the Nord-Pas de Calais region in the North of the country, and it is most famous for being the site of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Apart from that, however, today’s Picardy is a very attractive region boasting lovely brick-built villages, champagne vineyards, public gardens and parks and the six cathedrals of Picardy.

The latter encompass pretty much the entire history of gothic architecture, of which it is considered the birthplace. The largest cathedral in France (145m long, 45m high) stands in Amiens and was completed in 1288. Its façade has since been restored, but still represents a great example of the intricacy and splendour of Gothic buildings. Amiens was also the birthplace of Maximilien Robespierre (1758 – 17974), the revolutionary who was guillotined after being accused of dictatorship.

The Quartier St Leu on the Somme riverbank has a fantastic, almost medieval flair and some great restaurants. The old puppet theatres scattered around the town are also worth a look, if only for some nostalgia about 3D-glasses-free entertainment. The hortillonages or floating market gardens going off the small Somme canals are an absolute treat, especially when explored via punting.

In the Aisne department lies Saint-Quentin, a mid-sized city with great weekly markets (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday), a must-see gothic basilica and a lovely butterfly museum.

Picardy is probably best explored by car, driving from town to town and taking in the scenery and stopping off to enjoy local delicacies such as the almond macarons in Amiens.

To start off your tour around this gorgeous region of France, you can take a P&O Ferry from Dover to Calais, from where it is only 74 miles or an hour and a half’s drive to Amiens.

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