Keep your pet calm in the car

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Planning a holiday with your pet? It's so much easier when you travel with us, but we understand that some pets may need a few creature comforts to make them feel more at ease. Not to worry though, there are lots of easy things you can do to keep your pet comfy and cheerful in the car. Helping your pet with travel sickness Turn that frown upside down! Your pet will love being in the car in no time.   Most pets love travelling, and have no difficulty setting off on new adventures. But, some may experience travel sickness when they start travelling in the car. If that is the case, don't worry! It's easy to cure and prevent, and certainly not a reason to stop going on holiday. There are lots of ways that you can help your pet to feel better, so their journey is as fun and exciting for them as it is for you. These simple steps will make their journey less queasy. Give them something small to eat Only give them something small to eat before setting off, about an hour or so before you drive. A big meal will make it more likely that they will be ill in the back of the car. However, on a long journey they will probably get peckish. Give them some light and healthy snacks, such as carrot sticks, to munch on. If you have a young dog who is teething, a deer antler will give them something to gnaw on, without risking an upset tummy. It's also something fun to do that will keep their mind off the car. Talk to your vet about anti-sickness medication There are anti-sickness medications that your vet can prescribe your pet to help them feel better when they travel. Speak to them before your journey, and they will be able to recommend the best ones. Before the medication starts to work, your pet might still be ill. In which case, it's good to know the signs of travel sickness so you won't be delayed too much.   Signs of travel sickness Your pet may not be able to tell you that they have travel sickness, but their body language will let you know. Your dog will whine, pant and yawn, and seem uneasy or show signs of listlessness and be inactive. If your pet is at real risk of travel sickness, get a passenger to sit in the back with them (if there is room) so they can keep an eye on them, and offer some much-needed love and comfort to your poorly pooch. If your pet vomits in the car Despite these tips, accidents can still happen. Remember to stay positive, if your pet gets in trouble for being ill in the car it may give them negative connotations associated with travelling, making it harder for you to take them to new and exciting places. If you can, pop them on a puppy pad while you're travelling, so the mess is easier to clean up. If they're sick, open a window or stop to let them out to get some fresh air. It's a good idea to keep the window open a crack for the whole drive, as that helps with travel sickness too. Help your pet feel relaxed in the car Fresh air blown through the car will help any pet with an upset tummy. Eventually, your pet will be fine in the car and become a good traveller. While some pets take to driving instantly, others might need a little more convincing and gentle encouragement that driving is the best way to travel. As with helping your pet with travel sickness, there are steps to take before you set off on your long journey to get your pet comfy and happy in the car. Give your pet plenty of exercise The more you get your pet running around before you set off, the more likely they will sleep through. Try to make stops throughout the journey too, so they can run around and get some fresh air. Fresh air is always a great way to help with nerves or an upset tummy. Go on shorter journeys Start with shorter journeys that increase in length, building up to the longer journey. This will help your pet get used to being in the car and reduce their anxiety. Try not to be too ambitious in these early journeys, you also want to build up to things like roundabouts, motorways and very bendy roads. Afraid of motorbikes? If your pet gets scared of motorbikes, or other noisy vehicles, try to get a passenger to use the ‘watch me' command to keep them focused on something else, or give them a treat or a tasty bone to play with. The tips don't stop once you get in the car. There are also a lot of things you can do once your pet is travelling with you.    These tips will soon get you a pet who’s more than happy to be in the car. Keep them cosy Pop them in their dog bed on the seat, to get them comfortable in familiar surroundings. This is also good if you are stopping and starting a lot on the journey, as they won't move around too much. Bring their favourite blankets that smell of home with them, as this will help reduce any anxiety they may have. Get them a pet seatbelt Just like humans, pets need to be secure too! You can purchase a harness that keeps them held in place in the car, but they need replacing as your pet grows. Another option is a seatbelt clip that attaches to their collar. Your pet can move around a bit more (which might not be great if they are fidgety), but they are secure, and you won't need to replace the attachment as often. Keep them distracted You can do this with toys, but don't choose ones that will get them too excited as this could be dangerous. If you're travelling with your dog, use a toy with treats hidden inside. It's something for them to focus on, and as we know, all dogs love treats! Use a calming scent or spray You can get sprays and scents with pheromones in them that will help relax your pet in the car, and keep them calm. Spray this on their bed as well as around the whole car (focusing on the place your pet will be sitting) so they get a strong enough scent. Look at anti-anxiety medications If your pet really doesn't like travelling in the car, despite you trying everything, then your vet will be able to talk to you about anti-anxiety medication that will help your pet to relax. Remember to keep lots of treats and water in the car for your pet, and don't leave them unattended for too long, and never with the window closed. Travelling with us makes going away with your pet easier. If you book your tickets with us, you are guaranteed to get the best price.

Top five wine and food festivals in France

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Going on holiday means discovering new places, relaxing and, most importantly, eating and drinking! If you want to find the best food and drink on your holiday, a culinary festival is the place to go. One of the best things about going to a local food festival is to meet the chefs and producers of the food. And of course, trying the local dishes that make the area so special. As you will be driving to the destinations, it means you can leave plenty of space in the boot to bring back all the delicious ingredients. Toulouse à Table: The Last Bite of Summer in Toulouse (September) Toulouse Nine hours from Calais There is more to Toulouse cuisine than its famous sausages. Visit its food festival to find your new favourite dish. In the famous city of Toulouse, you can visit the Toulouse à Table festival, and get stuck in to the cuisine of South-West France. Aside from the famous Toulouse dishes that weigh down the tables (cassoulets or Toulouse sausages) there are plenty more new and delicious treats to discover. The festival is two weeks long, so you have plenty of time to pop in and feast on the best that Toulouse has to offer. If you're planning on visiting, check out what special events they have for when you're there. The events include a food truck night, food conferences and banquets, so there's something for every type of foodie. The Fête du Ventre Festival (October) Rouen Two hours 10-minutes from Calais Normandy cuisine is rich, hearty and comforting. How many sausages will you bring home with you? credit: Frédéric BISSON. Normandy is known for its cuisine; hearty delicious food that is comforting and elegantly simple. In the city or Rouen, they celebrate the dishes of Normandy over a weekend in October, as well as Norman history. The city's streets are covered in market stalls, selling local produce of honey, oysters, apples and andouillette sausage and many more tasty treats. The vendors dress in traditional Normandy clothes of aprons, large veiled hats and patterned scarves, so you get a real quirky feel for the city. It can get quite busy, but the hustle and bustle is all a part of the atmosphere, and you'll soon find plenty to chat to your fellow food fans about, especially when sampling the local produce. The Chablis Wine Festival (November) Chablis Four and a half hours from Calais Visit the region of Chablis for its wine festival, and learn more about the art of wine making. France is the home of good wine, and people travel far and wide to visit each of its wine regions. And one of the most important events in a wine lovers calendar is the Chablis Wine Festival. It doesn't matter if you're a wine connoisseur, someone with an interest in wine or a complete novice, there are plenty of wine-soaked activities for you to get involved in. From new vintage baptisms, tastings and learnings, you will definitely leave the festival with a new-found appreciation of wine.   Sarmentelles of Beaujeu (November) Beajeu Six and a half hours from Calais Celebrate the new barrels of wine with acrobats, fireworks and plenty of dancing. This is a special night for all wine lovers. Another celebration of wine, the Sarmentelles of Beaujeu celebrates the new vintage of Beaujolais with the sort of fanfare and partying that's usually reserved for a major sporting event! Expect dancing into the small hours, acrobats and fireworks when the broaching of the Beaujolais Nouveau barrels starts at midnight. Everyone gets to taste the wine for free, so you can see just what makes it so special. Bordeaux: Bordeaux S.O Good (November) Place Puy Paulin Six hours from Calais While some of the festivals on this guide have been smaller, quirkier gatherings on the streets of France, Bordeaux S.O Good is a bit different. This expo is huge, and is the place to come to find the best of Bordeaux food and wine under one roof. Here, you will meet the people behind Bordeaux's most popular dishes, from the vendors to the chefs to the sommeliers. And there's enough samples available to keep you full the whole time you're there!   Is your stomach rumbling at the idea of touring the best food and wine festivals of France? Make sure to leave plenty of space in your boot so you can bring back as much goodies as possible! And if you book your tickets with us, you'll get the best price.

The Fortifications of Vauban

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France has a rich and, at times, turbulent history. Much of the relics from its past can still be seen, and provide a fascinating insight into life in France, and what shaped it into the country it is today. Some of the most famous of these relics are the Fortifications of Vauban. Built between 1667 to 1707, the Fortifications of Vauban are military fortifications designed to protect the borders of France from invaders. They were upgraded and designed by the Marshal of France and military engineer Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, in around 300 cities throughout France. Who was Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban? Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban was the mastermind behind France's fortifications, and was widely recognised for his military prowess. Despite also being military advisor to King Louis XIV, he came from very humble beginnings. Orphaned at a young age, he lived a life of poverty, and was educated in science, maths and geometry by the Roman Catholic Order; Carmelite. He joined the army and was eventually put in charge of constructing defences, and received highly distinguished honours. Many would say that his designs and upgrades of France's fortifications were his crowning glory. The fortifications became a UNESCO world heritage site in 2008, cementing his reputation as a military genius. Where are the fortifications? The fortifications are found across the western, northern and eastern borders of France, and vary in size, shape and purpose. They range from mountain and sea forts and communication buildings. Driving to the fortifications with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle With so many fortifications, you can't really just visit one to get a feeling for it. Instead, make a road trip out of it, and drive from fortification to fortification, uncovering their secrets and discover what it was about them that made them so special. For the easiest route from our Calais terminal, drive the western fortifications. Starting in Arras, and ending in Gironde. Western Fortifications of Vauban Arras: The Vauban Citadel One hour and 15 minutes from our Calais terminal Based on the citadel in Lille, this is a beautiful, must-see site. credit: ReflectedSerendipity. It was based on the nearby fortification in Lille, but does have some significant differences, making it unique. For example, Vauban designed it to have counterguards protecting the bastions. Despite it being a pentagon in shape, the internal buildings are arranged in a rectangle. The citadel is built high up a hill (naturally one of the best places to defend a city) so even though the walk up to the top might be a bit of a hard task on your legs, you will be rewarded with a great view. Manche: Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and Tatihou: Watchtowers Four hours from our Calais terminal The watchtowers are great historical relics, still standing over 400 years after they were built. Along the Manche coast, take a break in the sea-facing commune, Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue and its nearby island Tatihou. Both are home to watchtowers, looking out to sea. These towers weren't actually built by Vauban himself, rather his student Benjamin de Combes. This doesn't mean that they don't have the classic Vauban characteristics, and are still well worth a visit. Especially during the warmer summer months, when the sun is sparkling on the sea. Camaret-sur-Mer: Tour Vauban Seven hours, 15 minutes from our Calais terminal See the guardhouse, big enough to house 11 cannons and discover what made this fortification so special. This is one of Vauban's most impressive fortifications, a three-level defence tower that is protected by walls, along with a guardhouse and gun battery. The battery is particularly impressive, as it can hold 11 cannons. It was designed by Vauban in 1689, and building was completed in 1696. Vauban fought here himself, in 1694 to defend France from an attack from the Anglo-Dutch. Cussac-Fort-Médoc: Fort Médoc, Citadel of Blaye and Fort Paté Eight hours, 15 minutes from our Calais terminal The trio of forts at Cussac-Fort-Médoc are a must-see for every history lover! Near Bordeaux, the commune of Cussac-Fort-Médoc is home to three of Vauban's fortifications. All three work together as the Estuary's defensive system, and if you're after a walking holiday, a great trio of sites to walk between. Bordeaux is a famous wine region, so don't forget to stop at a café or bar and toast to the great Vauban himself! Are you ready to step back into the past and visit Vauban's greatest triumphs? Then get the bags packed, and jump in the car and head off! And don't forget to book your tickets with us to get the best price.    

Discover Belgium’s craft breweries

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Holidays are the perfect time to try something completely new. That's why we've created our guide to our favourite craft breweries in Belgium. What makes Belgium beer so special is the diversity. Belgium only brew 1% of the world's beer (in fact, the state of Oregon has more breweries than in the whole of Belgium), but that 1% features some of the most unique flavours you can find in the world. Primarily they are known for their fruit beers, but there are also darker, more robust beers available too. A side note for designated drivers, but a very important one, you will have to forgo the beers.  Belgium is stricter than the UK, allowing 0.5 milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of blood, instead of 0.8. Belgium’s beers are so diverse, there’s plenty to explore. Rodenbach Roeselare, 1 hour & 30 mins from our Calais terminal A brewery tour is not all about the sampling of the vast amount of beers on offer, it's about the secrets that go into creating the dark, amber liquid that makes the tour so interesting. On the tour of the Rodenbach brewery, you will discover why aging their Flemish reds in barrels is so important to its flavour. The tour is about two hours long, so expect to be a Rodenbach expert by the end of it. Rochefort Abbaye Notre-Dame de Saint-Remy, Rochefort, 3 hours from our Calais terminal Discover the history of Rochefort, and see how it has influence the taste of the beer, credit: Luca Galuzzi. Sometimes when you try a beer, you can almost taste the history in it, this is one of the reasons why Rochefort beers are exploding with flavour. The abbey where the brewery stands has been there since the 13th century, and has had more than its fair share of hardship, being destroyed and confiscated throughout its history. That hasn't stopped the monks from dedicating their lives to the abbey, and its brewery. They started brewing beer here in the 16th century, but due to its tumultuous history it wasn't an easy ride. It was only during the 1950s when they were able to brew without difficulty, they added Rochefort 8 and Rochefort 10, stronger versions of the original Rochefort 6. Their beers use water from the Tridaine spring, which they are fighting to protect, as it is integral to its taste. Unsurprisingly, the brewery has been described as the most beautiful in Belgium, thanks to its copper domed kettles, stunning scenery, and historical backdrop. Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles Brasserie Artisanale de Rules, 3 hours & 30 mins from our Calais terminal Microbrewing is an art in itself, and a tour around Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles will show you the differences between this and a large brewery. From a historical brewery, rich with history, to a modern microbrewery, Brasserie Artisanale de Rulles is based in an old farm and creates beers in open fermenters, so they become more flavoursome. One of the signature beers, La Rulles Triple, is infused with herbs, spices and ginger, in keeping with Belgium's fame for uniquely flavoured beers. Compared to the last two breweries, don't expect impressively large equipment when you visit here. As it's a microbrewery, the kettles and rest of the kit is in keeping with its name; they're smaller and neater. But don't let that fool you into thinking it's not as interesting to see, the open fermentation process is unique, and the intimate feel means you'll have a more personal experience than on a larger tour. Is your mouth salivating at the thought of raising a glass of Belgium's finest? As it's only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, you can enjoy a cold, refreshing beer in no time. To make your journey even sweeter, book your tickets with us to get the best price.

Top ten traditional Dutch foods

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The Netherlands is known for windmills, fields of brightly coloured tulips and wooden clogs. But what about when it comes to their famous dishes? There is a lot more to Dutch cuisine than pancakes! 1. Poffertjes Probably one of the most famous Dutch dishes, Poffertjes are small pancakes, baked in an iron skillet, and traditionally served with melted butter and dusted with icing sugar. You can enjoy these all year round, but Christmas and New Year are typically the best times to have them. The best way to eat them is from a street food van on a cold winter's night, wrapped up warm and cosy against the chill. They are usually served on paper plates with plastic forks, making a very informal but delicious snack.   2. Hollandse nieuwe haring Although it may seem a little strange, pickled herring is a delicacy in Holland. Pickled fish always seems to be somewhat controversial in the UK. A dish that you may try once or twice, but not one that typically makes it to the dinner table of many homes. This is very different in northern Europe, where pickled fish is much more common. Hollandse nieuwe haring is translated to ‘Scoused Herrings', and is raw herring coated in a preserving liquid, made of vinegar, spices and cider. They're usually eaten as a snack, and are often served on their own, or with onions. 3. Pannenkoeken The Dutch definitely love their pancakes, no matter the size or the topping. Pannenkoeken are a traditional sort of pancake, loved the world over. The Dutch have them sweet or savoury, and many cafés offer a huge variety of toppings. Pancakes may not seem particularly exotic or different, but there is nothing better than one made by a professional chef, served with a hot cup of coffee as you sit outside a café, watching the world go by.   4. Sate Similar to satay sauce, it may be Asian in origin, but it has become a regular feature in Dutch cuisine. While it is enjoyed in the traditional way, over rice with chicken or beef, the Dutch more commonly have it covering their fries. It's basically a different take on mayonnaise or ketchup.   5. Stamppot One of the main features of Dutch cooking is its warmth and heartiness, and Stamppot is one of the best examples of this. It's a dish of mashed potatoes combined with root vegetables, like turnip, carrot and onion, but it can also include dark, leafy greens like kale or spinach. Stamppot is such an old dish (historians believe it dates back to the 15th century) that no one is entirely sure of its origin, or who created it, but it has become a staple of Dutch cuisine. It's perfect to try for dinner on a relaxed evening, and make sure you order it the traditional way, with smoked sausage. 6. Oliebollen Dutch doughnuts sprinkled in icing sugar are the perfect treat! If there is one thing to be said about traditional Dutch food, it's that it's not the healthiest cuisine. But when you are tucking into a plate of Oliebollen (Dutch doughnuts), you probably won't care! Their name means ‘oil spheres', and they are balls of dumpling batter fried in hot oil, and later sprinkled with icing sugar. There are variations all over northern Europe, but they originate in the Netherlands. Traditionally, they were eaten during yule time by Germanic tribes. The tribes would offer baked goods (including Oliebollen) to the Germanic goddess Perchta, to pacify her and her evil spirits. 7. Erwtensoep On New Year’s Day, a warm bowl of split pea soup is just what you need. A lot of Dutch dishes have their time to shine during Christmas and New Year time, and Erwtensoep is no different. This is a split pea soup, much thicker than our version. You could always add more stock if you want to make it thinner, but then it wouldn't technically be the traditional soup that the Dutch love so much. It is often served on New Year's Day; probably the best thing to have if you're feeling a little delicate. But you can have it on any cold evening, to warm your soul. 8. Bamischijf This is another Dutch dish inspired by Chinese/Indonesian cuisine. Bamischijf is bami (Indonesian noodles and vegetables), packed closely together and then coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. This is more of a treat, and definitely not one that you should have every day! 9. Bitterballen Tuck into these in the evening. You just need a few friends and some beers to really enjoy them! If you need a little something to eat before a big night out, Bitterballen is an obvious choice for the Dutch. Similar to a scotch egg, they are balls of finely chopped beef or veal that are seasoned with a mixture of spices, then rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried. They are part of a spread of food known as bittergarnituur, which basically means ‘garnish for bitters'. They are usually enjoyed with a pint or two of beer, so head to the cosiest Dutch pub you can find and start snacking. 10. Appeltaart It wouldn’t be right to visit Holland and not have a slice of apple tart (or two). We couldn't have a run-down of the best Dutch food without an appearance from its most famous creation. The apple tart is a must-have when you visit the Netherlands, and has been a part of their culture since the middle ages, first seen in an early Dutch cookbook, ‘A Notable Little Cookery Book'. In a Dutch apple tart, the apples are sliced, covered with a pastry lattice, and usually served with a side of whipped cream. Simple perfection. How many of these Dutch foods have you tried? Which ones are you looking forward to sampling when you visit the Netherlands? If you book your tickets here, you can save more spending money to really indulge in all those Dutch treats!

Why you should visit Tournai

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Discover where it all began for Belgium, in Tournai, one of its oldest cities. Dating back to Roman times, it was the home to kings, a beautiful cathedral, and was also famous for its tapestry-weaving. Where is Tournai? Located only an hour and a half's drive from Calais, in the Wallonia region of Belgium, Tournai is part of the French speaking community, so it's probably time to brush up on your GCSE French! Discover two UNESCO sites in Tournai As a signifier of Tournai's beauty and important cultural influence, UNESCO has given it the honour of not having just one, but two World Heritage sites. Notre Dame Cathedral Tournai Cathedral is an extravagant building that stands intimidatingly over the surrounding streets. Surviving both world wars, it was a tornado in 1992 that left the cathedral in need of serious restoration work. Despite the continuing building work (which should be completed in 2018), the five bell towers of the Notre Dame stand tall and proud over the city. It's not just the exterior of the cathedral that makes it so special, the interior is just as spectacular. The stained-glass windows let droplets of bright colour dance around the walls, and Corneille de Vriendt's Renaissance rood screen is worth visiting alone. The cathedral is closed Saturday and Sunday mornings, and on public holidays, but is open the rest of the year. If you want a guided tour, this can be arranged by the Tournai tourist office. The Belfry Climb all the way to the top of the Belfry and you could almost touch the clouds. The second UNESCO World Heritage site is the Belfry. This is a freestanding tower, reaching 72 metres in height. If you think you can handle it, you can walk the 256 steps to the top. It may turn your legs to jelly, but the view will be worth it. First built in 1188, the Belfry has had numerous roles throughout its long life. From acting as a town siren, to a watchtower, to a prison, it's had an important role in Tournai's history. It's closed Mondays and Sunday mornings from November to March. Entry is €2.10 for adults and €1.10 for children and seniors. What else can you see in Tournai? Don't worry, you don't just have to climb to the very top of a Belfry to get the best out of Tournai. There is plenty for you to see and do on the ground. The Grand Place Enjoy a drink and bite to eat in Tournai square. After a long day exploring, a sit down in a bustling, vibrant square with a drink in hand is just what you need. The Grand Place is unique as it is triangular in shape, covered in colourful banners flying above fountains and a statue of Princess Christine of Espinoy, wielding an axe. Halle des Draps The Halle des Draps is a beautiful gilded building and the perfect background to your holiday photos. In the square, you can also see the Halle des Draps, a look back to Tournai's past as Belgium's centre of tapestry. The hall has a traditional gilt exterior, but its interior is a simple brick design. It was first built in the early 1600s by Quentin Ratte, a master builder. It withstood both world wars, but had previously collapsed in the 1800s, and was rebuilt to its exact original design. The hall is occasionally open for exhibitions, so make sure you check what's happening when you visit. Are you looking forward to taking a step back into the history of Belgium? Start planning your trip to Tournai, and don't forget to book your tickets here, to get the best price.

Drive to Ypres

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Visiting Ypres A lot of Ypres' history is a result of the devastation caused by the battles of the First World War. Despite the ravages caused by the attacks and the young lives lost there, this is still a city that is worth visiting. Whether you are coming to pay your respects to the soldiers who died, or just want to take a break in a historic city, Ypres is the hidden gem that you have been looking for. What to see in Ypres In Flanders Fields Museum In Flanders Field Museum is an important place to visit, to understand the devastation caused by the war. When visiting Ypres, you should take the time to remember the tragedies of World War I. Ypres was the setting for some major battles during the war, with thousands of young men dying, sustaining life changing injuries, or going missing in action. In Flanders Fields Museum has carefully and respectfully collected the information and artefacts from the war, so its visitors have a full and detailed picture of the sacrifices that they made. Ypres Cloth Hall Ypres was built on the cloth industry, and in the same building as Flanders Fields Museum you can find the cloth hall. Once the most important building in Ypres, serving as both the warehouse and market place for the city, it was the beating heart of Ypres. Tragically, it was destroyed in the First World War but was rebuilt to its original structure from 1933-1967 by architects J. Coomans and P.A. Pauwels, and paid for by Germany's reparations. It is open today, and the city's tourist office is located here, so it's definitely worth a visit. Menin Gate Ceremony The Menin Gate Ceremony is a daily tribute to the soldiers who died in battle. Ypres has never forgotten the tragedies of the war. The destruction of the town and the lives lost has had a lasting imprint on the citizens. Many visitors who go to Ypres, pay a visit to the Menin Gate, to see the engraved names of the 54,389 soldiers that died in battle there and don't have a known grave. Every day at 8pm, the police halt traffic passing under the Menin Gate and the buglers play The Last Post in memory of those soldiers, followed by a minute's silence. Upon special request, you can be involved in the ceremony by laying a wreath. Around Ypres Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Europe’s largest military cemetery. A number of visitors pay their respects in the battlefields and cemeteries that surround the city of Ypres.  Such as the Tyne Cot Cemetery, just 9km north east of Ypres or Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, closer to the city and located in a large chateau that homes a permanent exhibition on the First World War's history. Some of these sites and others are part of a cycling trail named the Peace Route.  A 45km circular route in and around Ypres, where you can explore the countryside and significant battlefield sites.  A map of the route is available from the Tourist Information Office and there are plenty of bike rental options in Ypres too. Where to eat in Ypres De Ruyffelaer In an historic city, it's only right you dine in an historic restaurant that serves the local delicacies. De Ruyffelaer is a homely, quaint restaurant with brocante décor. Not only will you enjoy traditional Ypres meals, but you will definitely find some kooky eccentricities nestled away. Where to drink in Ypres Kaffe Bazaar As Belgium is famous for its beer, you can't possibly visit without trying a new tipple. Kaffe Bazaar has over 30 Belgian beers and 50 spirits, so even the fussiest drinker will find something they like. Try to visit on a Sunday, as that's when the bar hosts live music for a real party atmosphere. Where to stay in Ypres Main St Hotel A small, boutique hotel is the perfect place to stay in Ypres, a city known for its unusual atmosphere. Main St Hotel is beautifully decorated, close to the centre of the city with hand selected Belgian beer and a small library, you'll feel right at home. Weather in Ypres Ypres can be quite warm in summer, thanks to its location near the Belgian coast. If you're planning on visiting in its warmer months, expect highs of 22°C on average in July and August. However, those visiting in winter will experience lows of 5°C or 6°C in December, January and February. It is mainland Europe after all, so still pack a raincoat even if you're coming in summer - just in case. Getting there and around Don't be fooled into thinking that because Ypres is in a different country to Calais, it must be a long drive. In fact, it is actually only one hour, 15 minutes from our Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's Calais Terminal. Simply take the A16 to the A25, continue to D948 then take the R33 to your destination in Ypres. You will find plenty of on-street parking in Ypres, but it is pay and display, so remember to have Euros handy. The main carparks are in the town centre, and by the cathedral. Feeling inspired by Ypres? It's only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, and if you book your tickets with us you will get the best price.

Driving to Le Havre

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Known as one of the cooler cities in France, Le Havre is a great city to visit if you want modern chic, an optimistic post-war attitude and beautiful tourist spots. Since 2005, Le Havre has had the honour of being a Unesco World Heritage Site, thanks to its use of modernist buildings that blossomed after WWII. The Drive to Le Havre A post-war town, Le Havre sits boldly and beautifully on France's coast. If you're planning a French road trip, it is surrounded by many beautiful and intriguing cities and towns that make great stop-off points. Read through our guide on what you can find on the way to Le Havre. What to see on the way to Le Havre Rouen Rouen is a historical city, the backdrop to the legends of Joan of Arc and Richard the Lionheart. About an hour away from Le Havre, is the medieval city of Rouen. Known for being the place where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake, it is a place teeming with French history. There are plenty of Joan of Arc points of reference you can visit, such as Tour Jeanne d'Arc where she was put on trial. You can also stop by Rouen Cathedral, as not only is this a beautiful building, but it is also the place where Richard the Lionheart's actual heart is entombed. Amiens Walk along the canals of Amiens, and discover the history of the Sommes. This French town is about two hours from Le Havre, and is known for its memorials to those killed or injured in the First World War, as well as its spectacular Gothic cathedral. Cathédrale Notre Dame is the largest Gothic cathedral in France, and visitors from all over the world come to see its magnificent beauty in person.  Saint-Quentin Saint-Quentin is a city rich in different architectural styles. It's not just Amiens where you can go to see beautiful architecture. The mix of Gothic and art-deco styles is one of the main draws to Saint-Quentin. Those who are fans of Gothic architecture, head to the town square, where the town hall stands intimidatingly. If you do visit, make sure you don't stand too close when the bells start ringing; with 37 of them, they definitely make quite the racket! The art-deco style on so many of the other buildings throughout the city was as a result of the destruction of the war, and much of the city was rebuilt in this style. What to See in Le Havre Inside the tower of St Joseph's Church, Le Havre St Joseph's Church Le Havre's number one must-see location is the stunning St Joseph's Church. Its highest point stands at 120 metres tall, and its position is so prominent that sailors use it as a reference point when at sea. Visitors can spot it from wherever they are in the city, and it's hard to not be blown away by its architecture and stained glass windows when up close. Where to Eat in Le Havre La Taverne Paillette   Any trip to a French town needs to feature traditional French dishes, and in this case, it's mussels. La Taverne Paillette has four different types of mussels on its menu, so there is some variety. The cosy, family restaurant also serves La Bière Paillette, a local delicacy that you should definitely sample. Where to Drink in Le Havre Marie Louise As le Havre has grown in popularity, the bars have become trendier. But, if you are looking for a taste of the old-school Le Havre, then the Marie Louise on the Quai de Saône is a great choice. Originally a docker's bar, locals still come here to drink and chat with the landlady. A real Le Havre experience. Where to Stay in Le Havre Passino Spa Hotel All that wandering around a new city, you will definitely need some proper R&R. Passino has a great spa that will both relax and rejuvenate you. After all, if you don't come back from a holiday completely refreshed, what's the point in going? Weather in Le Havre Visiting in the summer, the average weather in July and August reaches around 18°C, but it can get higher. If you're planning a winter trip, then bring a coat to combat the chilly lows of 5°C. As for rainfall, the autumn sees the most, with 70ml from September to November. Getting there and around The drive from the Calais Eurotunnel terminal to Le Havre is just under three hours, but be aware that that drive does include tolls. You just need to take the A16 to Gonfreville-l'Orcher, then the N282 and D6015 to Avenue du Général Lecler in Le Havre. There are as many as fifteen car parks in Le Havre with Coty being the largest.  An underground car park just six minutes walk from the centre and allows cars to stay short term (€1.20 an hour/€4.80 a day) or longer (€20 for one week). Will you be paying a visit to Le Havre? At only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, you can be there in no time. Make sure you book your Eurotunnel Le Shuttle tickets with us, to get the best price. 

Road tripping With the Evening Standard

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Are you planning a holiday to Europe, but need some tips on the best places to go? Whether you’re travelling as a family, or with your mates, the Evening Standard found the best places for you to go!  When it only takes 35 minutes to get to Calais from Folkestone, you don’t really need an excuse to go on a minibreak to France or Belgium. From visiting historical medieval sites, to brisk walks on the beaches, there is plenty to do. Our friends at the Evening Standard sent 15 curious travellers on an adventure to see just what you could get up to on a minibreak there. La Rochelle The Whittley family journeyed from Calais through to La Rochelle, an area overflowing with naval history. La Rochelle is 400 miles away from Calais and there is plenty to see and do along the way! Gabriella and Marcus (12 and 10) loved stopping off on the car ride and getting a taste of the French history - as well as a taste of the local ice cream! In Southwest France, sits La Rochelle. Since the 12th century, it has been known for its fishing and trade. Its history can still be seen when you walk through the town, past the timbered medieval houses and Renaissance architecture. On your way to taking a step back in time to La Rochelle, stop off at the towns and cities on the way and fully immerse yourself in French culture. Indulge your sweet tooth on waffles in Rouen and then walk it off with a stroll around the flower market, or get a bird’s eye view of Anges before taking a ride on a special four-person bike through La Rochelle.     Brittany There’s nothing quite like jumping in your car with your mates, and heading off on a road trip adventure to explore new places. Aimée Grant Cumberbatch and her friends did just that, and dived into a brand new side to France! From traditional thatched cottages and looming castles, to iconic art-deco buildings, there is no one side to Brittany’s culture. If you want to reconnect with nature, you can cycle by the canals, hike the sea cliffs, or even take up a bit of canoeing. Visit Parc du Marquenterre and look out for the varied fauna, such as the 300 species of migratory birds, who have made it their home. From here, make a stop at one of France’s most famous tourist spots, Mont Saint Michel. Watch the tide dramatically change, and feast on an omelette at La Mère Poulard. Once you arrive in Brittany, spend a day kicking back on the beach.     Le Touquet Travelling with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle with a young family is one of the more stress-free ways to go on holiday. But, we know that keeping little ones entertained can end up being a struggle during a long car ride. Fortunately, Le Touquet is less than an hour from our Calais terminal, and full of adventures that the whole family can get involved in. The Beck family and their children Willem (10), Delphi (eight) and Olive (four) spent a great few days exploring Northern France. For those with a young family, there are plenty of exciting things you can get up to! Discover the creatures of the deep at the National Sea Centre at Boulogne-sur-Mer. And see if you can get your little ones to try something new at one of the area’s many seafood restaurants.     Bruges It’s not just large groups that Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is ideal for, and it’s not just France you can visit. As Nadia Balme-Price and her husband Matt discovered, Belgium is a beautiful country waiting for travellers to stroll along its famous cobbled streets. Discover the ancient town of Bruges before heading to the more fast-paced Brussels. A trip up to Bruges is a great way to wander through history. Famous for its old town, markets and horse-drawn carriages, it’s one of those ‘must-see’ cities in Europe. Don’t forget to climb to the top of the Belfort tower for a spectacular view that more than makes up for the sore legs. Finish your Belgian road trip with a visit to Brussels. Known for its history, it is still incredibly cool and modern, and the streets all feature a new bar or café for you to experience. Discover the capital by cycling through the city, enjoying the juxtaposition of the old and the new architecture.     So, where will you head off to for your minibreak? Discovering Europe is easier than ever when you travel there with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. 

WWII Normandy Beaches

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D-Day and the Battle of Normandy In 1944 soldiers from around the world landed on Normandy beaches to liberate France from Nazi forces. While exploring the serene natural beauty of the beaches of Normandy, it can be difficult to imagine the scenes of chaotic conflict which unfolded on its shores 70 years ago. Seen by many to be the beginning of the end of World War Two, the Normandy landings were one of the most daring and important military operations ever executed. Today, visitors can walk along the same sandy shores, which, on 6 June 1944, more than 160,000 allied troops landed and braved enemy fire in order to begin the liberation of France from Nazi occupation. Many reminders of the conflict, from abandoned sea defences to memorials and war graves, where many come to pay their respects to the fallen, can be found tucked amongst the dunes, villages and towns. This guide includes visiting tips for some of the key Normandy beaches which were involved in the D-Day landings and other recommended sights in the area, all of which are within a short drive from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle terminal in Calais. For up-to-date information about D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, please visit www.normandy-tourism.org/dday Sword Beach The Allies selected five strategic points along the Normandy coast to land their invading forces, each with its own codename. The furthest east of these was codenamed Sword Beach, an 8km stretch of coast from Ouistreham to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer. The initial landings, backed up by early morning air strikes, were some of the most successful in terms of minimising casualties, with very little resistance encountered on the beach itself. British troops took only 45 minutes to move inland, and by the end of the day nearly 29,000 men had been successfully landed at the beach.   Many of the German defences are still visible on these picturesque beaches and signs of the conflict can be found scattered around the charming villages which line this stretch of Normandy coast. In the port town of Ouistreham visitors can find the small but informative Musée du Débarquement no 4 Commando, which attempts to explore the human faces behind the invasion and the important legacy of the D-Day landings. Today the town's beach is popular with tourists and locals alike as a spot for sun-bathing, relaxing or beach sports, including horse riding through the surf. But you are never far from a reminder of those who laid down their lives to make France the free country it is today. Omaha Beach Probably one of the most famous sectors of the D-Day operation, Omaha beach was the landing spot for more than 40,000 American troops who waded through the surf to face a barrage of German mortars, machine guns and artillery. Despite preliminary naval and aerial bombardment of the beach defences, very few gaps were opened up and the invading army quickly found itself incurring huge casualties. As many as 5,000 Allied soldiers are estimated to have been killed within hours of the landing. The fighting on the beaches was recreated on screen in the dramatic and bloody opening scenes of Steven Spielberg war epic Saving Private Ryan, which won praise for its historical accuracy.   Today Omaha beach has become a pilgrimage spot for families and veterans remembering the conflict and those who were lost in the line of duty. Walking across the golden sands or exploring the cliff-tops swarming with natural beauty, it can be difficult to picture the scenes of chaos and bloodshed which unfolded there. However, there are reminders everywhere of the beach's historical significance and visitors can explore abandoned concrete bunkers and gun placements and even see the craters left by falling shells which scar this otherwise idyllic coastline.   Particularly striking is the Omaha Beach Memorial, marked by a conceptual statue of giant metallic sword shapes bursting up through the surf. Here you can find a museum featuring comprehensive details of the D-Day landings, with artefacts, timelines and personal items from those involved in the fighting, helping visitors understand the human side of the conflict. Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial   On the cliff tops overlooking Omaha beach can be found the final resting place of thousands of American soldiers who lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing fighting. The rows of individual white headstones serve as a poignant reminder of the sheer number of casualties and regular tours around the cemetery give you some of the stories behind the graves. Gold Beach Stretching between Le Hamel and Ver sur Mer, this landing spot saw some of the fiercest British beach fighting, with the invading troops facing heavy German resistance. The spot was also where Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis earned the only Victoria Cross of the D-Day landings after single-handedly storming two enemy pill boxes and later saving two of his comrades who had been pinned down by enemy fire. Sea defences and even a gun placement can still be explored by visitors to the beach front by Ver sur Mer and a simple memorial plaque stands at the top of the beach paying respect to those who fought there. Bayeux War Cemetery A little inland can be found the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, which commemorates more than 4,500 Commonwealth troops, most of whom died in the Normandy landings. The graves include more than 1,800 unknown soldiers, a moving testament to the chaos of war.   The Normandy invasions were one of the most important and daring military operations in world history and a trip to the landing beaches can give a small glimpse into the events of D-Day and the bravery of all involved. Getting there From the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle terminal at Calais drive west along the coast into Normandy. Book your journey

The Beaujolais Run

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Fire up the Jag, it's run time! As lifestyles go, flouncing about rural France in a classic car in pursuit of world-famous wine has got to be hard to beat. Which is why here at Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, November is one of our favourite months. As the nights draw in over Folkestone, each year without fail we welcome a procession of wacky road racers onto our shuttles. These madcap motorists make up the contestants of the annual Beaujolais Run, a car race from England to France and back again, all in honour of the humble grape. Whether you're hoping to compete in the race or simply following in its tyre tracks, a road trip through the region during the local Beaujolais Nouveau day festivities is an unforgettable way to experience the true meaning of France's love affair with wine. What's it all about? The object of the racers affections is Beaujolais Nouveau. This pink-red wine celebrated its 60th birthday in 2011, having been born of a 1951 decree allowing for newly harvested wines, or primeurs, to be sold a month earlier than standard bottles. It is made from hand-picked Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc grapes that ferment for only a few weeks in the autumn. By the third Thursday of November, it is time to get your corkscrews at the ready and let festivities begin. The race to be the first to uncork the year's new vintage started off as a local phenomenon between rival bars and restaurants, but soon spread across La Manche thanks to two boozy Brits and the small matter of a bet. The Beaujolais Run mayhem dates back to 1970, when rival wine critics Joseph Berkmann and Clement Freud were sharing a meal of Coq au Vin at the Hotel Maritonnes just south of Mâcon during the Beaujolais Nouveau season. Wacky racers Somewhere along the line, restaurateur and wine distributor Berkmann found himself racing fellow foody Freud, MP and chairman of the London Playboy Club, back to London each with their respective bootloads of Beaujolais Nouveau. Berkmann won, twice. After hearing about it through the grapevine, Sunday Times columnist Alan Hall threw down the gauntlet to the public in 1973 and a new rally was born. Since then, everything from parachutes to elephants has been used in the annual race to deliver the first bottle. The Ritz Hotel in London even waived its famously strict dress code for the first time ever, to allow the treasured bottle of Beaujolais to be delivered in haste. But while speed was initially the name of the game, this soon had to be ditched when a few over-enthusiastic RAF pilots spoiled all the fun by joining the race in a Harrier jet. A good cause With all the records broken, the famous Beaujolais Run then matured into its current form - a navigational charity event pitting map reader against map reader and fundraiser against fundraiser. The winner of the race is the team that raises the most money for charity, with the runner up being the team that travels the shortest distance from start to finish. Dubbed 'Europe's biggest rolling house party', the Beaujolais Run is as much about driving enthusiasts soaking up the delights of France's D Roads as it is about the Dionysian drink-a-thon. But you don't have to be Nigel Mansell to enter, although he has – along with fellow celebrity contestants Damon Hill, Eddie Jordan and even Des Lynum. Out of the pits Meeting at a different location in England each year, the convoy of classic cars, super cars, kit cars and even plain old bangers fire up their engines for a warm up run down to Folkestone. Past sites for the starting pistol have included Brands Hatch racetrack in Swanley, Kent and the Brooklands circuit in Weybridge, Surrey. The organisers of the 'Run also won permission to become the first event ever to set off from BBC Top Gear's world famous test track. Magical mystery tour Luckily, the Channel crossing stage of the race is no longer at the mercy of the wild and wintery weather. Instead, teams enjoy a quick 35-minute ride on the Eurotunnel le Shuttle en route to Calais, before setting off on their magical mystery tour to Mâcon and beyond. The route of the race is always changing – and always top secret – but you can be sure to pass through some of the best vineyard vistas in the world. Beaujolais is a historical name given to the region just north of Lyon, which stretches from the north of the Rhône-Alpes region to the south of the Saône-et-Loire area of Burgundy. The traditional capital of the region is Beaujea, with the main town now Villefranche-sur-Saône. The area is renowned for itshistoric towns, long rural roads and riverside walks. After a day spent dashing through some of the most stunning scenery in France, the finish line:a streetparty with the locals to celebrate the first uncorking of the Beaujolais Nouveau. Once the morning after the night before has been spent recovering, the conga line of cars pick their way back home. The more leisurely pace allows for a proper exploration of the region's beauty spots – be sure not to miss the ancient towns of Fleurie, Beaune and Cluny. Where to stay The Hotel Maritonnes in Romanèche-Thorins is the place where it all began. It is a well-established four star retreat set in wooded grounds, with 21 bedrooms, two suites a pool and a Jacuzzi. The restaurant is renowned for its traditional top class gastronomy, specialising in regional dishes. Click here to visit the Hotel Maritonnes Hotel Belle Epoque is a three star establishment in the centre of historic Beaune. As former wine merchant's house, the house boasts some beautiful architectural flourishes and offers a terrace from which to take in the town. It also has a handy lock-up car park for visitors.  Click here to visit the Hotel Belle Epoque  Click here to search for other hotels in the Beaune area How to get there If you fancy taking part in this year's Beaujolais Run, visit www.beaujolaisrun.com Book your journey

Driving to Dieppe

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The drive to Dieppe Located right on the coast, Dieppe was well known in the 19th century as a seaside resort, and has a rich history as an important port; it was the setting for an allied raid on the Nazis when they occupied France. While Dieppe is a great place to visit, either to visit the beach or see the WWII history, there’s other locations not to miss on the drive there. Driving to Dieppe from our Calais terminal gives you amazing views of the coast for the entire journey, taking you through Boulogne-sur-Mer, Le Touqet and Berck. The drive is just over two hours, so really easy to do in one day. However, driving past so many coastal towns, it would be a shame not to stop off along the way for a paddle or to stretch your legs along the beach. The seaside town of Dieppe is a beautiful spot, surrounded by many picturesque villages along the way. What to see on the drive to Dieppe Saint-Valery-sur-Somme The Guillame Towers are a must-see site in Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. An hour from Dieppe, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme is one of the three Somme ports, and a popular tourist spot. Many tourists spend their time walking through the narrow streets, seeing the fishermen's colourful cottages or taking in the Medieval buildings that still stand on the streets. If visiting Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, you must take the time to see the Guillame Towers, which act as an imposing stone gateway to the town. As well as taking in the tourist sites, you should also visit the market, on either a Wednesday or a Sunday. Mers-les-Bains The Belle Époque style villas along the seafront are legendary. One of the most famous periods of French history, Belle Epoque is a huge feature of Mers-les-Bains. The intricate timber design, the narrow towers and windows can be seen on the seafront villas. The villas were built for the wealthy, just as the trend for sunbathing had begun, and they needed somewhere cutting edge to stay during the summer months. The architectural gems don’t stop with the Belle Epoque villas. Stop by the art deco church, Saint Martin, to admire its symmetrical design and pretty brickwork. Mers-les-Bains is about 40 minutes from Dieppe and makes a perfect walking spot to break up the journey from Calais. Le Treport The white cliffs of Le Treport are famous for their stunning views. At just over a half hour drive from Dieppe, Le Treport is a small port, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in flavour. Known for its seafood, it would be a real shame to miss out on the fresh catch of the day. Either stop off at a local restaurant, or stop by the harbour fish market if you can cook it yourself that evening. Le Treport has a pebbled beach, ideal for those who want a relaxing beach holiday. It is also known for its white cliffs and the views that stretch out ahead. Locals recommend summer visitors to see the cliffs at night, when they are beautifully lit up. Where to stop off to eat in Dieppe Due to its close location to the sea, you must try the fresh seafood at Dieppe. Its local dish is its most famous, marmite dieppoise. A creamy stew, made with locally caught fish, muscles and prawns. Where better to try this delicacy than À La Marmite Dieppoise, an iconic local restaurant, that is famous for the stew. Where to stop off to drink in Dieppe When visiting an historic town, you should drink somewhere with a bit of history and character behind it. Café des Tribunaux was once the haunt of artists such as Sickert, Renoir and Monet, and is even the subject of a painting by Sickert. Its connection to high art doesn't stop there, and it's rumoured that Oscar Wilde himself wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol whilst drinking there.  Where to stay when driving to Dieppe If you're looking to extend your road trip to Dieppe, and want to spend a bit more time exploring the locations on the way there, then Hotel Les Pilotes is a great place to stop off. This boutique comes with free parking, stylish rooms and is located on the beachfront, so you will always be near the peaceful water.  Weather in Dieppe The sights from Château de Dieppe make the climb worth it. Dieppe isn't famed for its scorching summers; its average hottest summer temperature is 18°C in August. Its lowest temperature is in December, at 8°C but expect temperatures to drop as low as 3°C. As for rainfall, in January there could be 80ml of rain. Does a road trip to Dieppe sound like your ideal holiday? It's only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, and book your tickets with us to get the best deal. Getting there and around It is just over two hours from the Eurotunnel Calais Terminal to Dieppe, but do be aware that this route contains toll roads, so have your Euros ready! In Calais, get on the A16 and continue to Route de Bosc Geffroy and exit on A28. Follow D920 to D925 in Dieppe. There are plenty of free car parking spots in Dieppe. Quai de la Marne, Quai de Carénage and Rue de Ravelin are all free. Be aware that during the winter months you can't park on the streets at night, and your car may be towed or fined if you do.

Wine tasting in France

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What to know about French wine Sampling good wine is an activity synonymous with French culture. Whether you want to incorporate a little wine tasting into your holiday, or it's the sole focus of your trip, it's easy to sample some of France's finest vino. You don't have to be an expert on wine to get involved in tastings – learning is all part of the experience! But knowing a few things before you go will be handy. To start, it's important to be aware of AOCs - that is, appellation d'origine contrôlée (controlled designation of origin). French wines are particular to the region in which they are produced. As for the tasting itself, that's the easy part. Each winery will have a sommelier on hand to tell you about the way the wine is made, and what to look for when you taste it. But we've got a few top tips to help you get the most from your experience: Swirl the wine in your glass; the longer it clings to the side of the glass, the higher its alcohol content. A short, sharp sniff will give you an indication of its intensity; take a sip and suck in a little air to power up the flavours of the wine. Close your eyes to concentrate on the different tastes; notice the difference between what you taste at the back of your tongue compared to the tip. You can swallow the wine you taste, but professionals will spit into the bucket provided. Certainly drivers should take care not to swallow! Just taste and spit, be sure to drink some water and leave a good hour before getting back on the road. Take the time to wander around the area and take in the beautiful wine region – you'll want to bring your camera.    Planning your trip From Eurotunnel Le Shuttle's terminal in Calais you can get to some of the country's best wineries and châteaux in a matter of hours. Although châteaux is a term commonly used for any wine-making estate, even if only small, most châteaux will feature grand manor houses, and are almost always breathtakingly beautiful! The question is, what kind of wine-tasting experience are you looking for? If you just want a day trip from Calais, then your best bet is to head to the Champagne region, just 2 and a half hours away from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Or, if you are planning a more in-depth wine-tasting holiday, and would like to sample the best of various regions over a number of days, it's worth considering how long you want to drive each day and plan your route that way. Keep in mind that many châteaux are closed on particular days (Sundays are common closure days) so check ahead to ensure you're not disappointed. Here are a some of the best wine regions in France: Champagne The closest region to Calais, you can leave the terminal and be in the Champagne district in less than three hours. The little town of Epernay is at the centre of the region, and home to the major Champagne names including Veuve Clicquot, Moet et Chandon, and Dom Perignon. Reims is just 269km from Calais, heading south east on the A26. Epernay is a 30 minute drive south from Reims along the Voie de la Liberté. Burgundy South of Champagne, Burgundy wine estates tend to be smaller than in other regions, although it lays claim to well over 3000 – as such it is the region with the most AOCs in the country. Although the two major types of Burgundy wines you'll get here are reds made with pinot noir, including Beaujolais and whites made with Chardonnay, such as Chablis. Dijon is the biggest town in the region and a five hour drive from Calais, heading south east on the A26. To reach Dijon from Reims, it is just under a four hour drive along the same route. Alsace South-east of Champagne, Alsace is a lesser-known wine region with some excellent vintages. Here the AOC is simply Alsace, and interestingly, wines made here are the only ones in France which are labelled by their grape type, rather than their estate. Varieties to look for include pinot gris, pinot blanc, pinot noir, muscat, Gewurztraminer and Chardonnay. Alsace is a six hour drive from Calais heading south east on the A26 or the A4. The drive from Champagne to Alsace on the A4 takes approximately three and a half hours. The Loire Valley With nearly 90 areas of AOC, the Loire is France's second largest wine region after Champagne, and produces almost as much sparkling wine. Historically the wines of the Loire have long been some of the most coveted, and it remains one of the world's most esteemed wine-growing regions. In particular, this is the place to go for good white wines, including Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc. Head to Le Mans, which is a four hour drive from Calais, heading south west on the A28. Savoie Leaning nonchalantly against the Swiss border, the wines of the Savoie (or Savoy) region are grown in a distinctly alpine climate. The mountainous setting makes this the place to go if you're keen on going hiking in addition to picking up some great French vintage. Due to the special growing conditions, wines from the Savoie region are best for drinking sooner, rather than for keeping in a wine cellar. From Calais, head south east on the A26 (a 7.5 hour drive) to reach Chambéry. To get there from Dijon, it is just under a three hour drive on the A6. Bordeaux The largest wine-producing region in France, Bordeaux is something of a household name, at least in terms of good wine. Its success in cultivation is largely due to the calcium-rich limestone ground base and gravelly soil. There are over 8,000 châteaux in Bordeaux, and almost 90% of wine made in this region is red wine (or claret), typically made from a blend of different grapes, although other varieties (white, sparkling etc) are also widely available. Getting there and around Bordeaux city is 867km from Calais (about 7 hours 45 minutes driving time), heading south west on the A10. To get there from Le Mans, it is 446km (four hours driving time) on the same route. Book your journey

Driving to Cherbourg

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The port city of Cherbourg is a great place to visit. About four hours' drive south of Calais, there are plenty of coastal spots for you to see en route to Cherbourg. The drive to Cherbourg Driving through Normandy, there are many beautiful historic sites to stop by along the way. That is the beauty of travelling with us - the drive is a part of your holiday! Along the drive to Cherbourg there are plenty of cities and attractions for you to visit. What to see on the way to Cherbourg Bayeux Tapestry The Bayeux Tapestry is a valuable historical artefact, on permanent display at Museum of Queen Matilda. Just over an hour's drive away from Cherbourg, is the town of Bayeux. The town is famous for the Bayeux Tapestry, a huge medieval tapestry depicting William the Conqueror's invasion of England, and his subsequent victory at the Battle of Hastings. The tapestry is 70 metres in total, and is one of the most important historical artefacts from that time. It is on permanent display at the Museum of Queen Matilda, so you can see it whenever you visit Bayeux. Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives   The Medieval town of Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives is a great place to visit in Normandy.© ChBougui   This town is famous for its abbey, founded in the 11th century. The abbey is a striking example of Medieval architecture, but it isn't the only example in Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives. The Market Hall was built in the 11th century and shows what life looked like back then, when the monks would sell to the locals. If you can, visit on a Monday when there is an open-air market. Basilique Sainte-Thérèse The magnificent Basilique Sainte-Thérèse is a must-see on your drive to Cherbourg This is an incredibly important church to Roman Catholics, just under two hours from Cherbourg. Named for Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the church is huge, and is noted for its sublime interior, made with marble, mosaics and glittering stained glass windows that tell the story of Sainte Thérèse's life. This church is one of the most beautiful monuments you can see in Normandy. What to see in Cherbourg Explore the wonders of the deep whilst comfortably on dry land, at La Cité de la Mer.© Office de Tourisme Cherbourg Cotentin La Cité de la Mer One of the must-see tourist attractions in Cherbourg is the La Cité de la Mer, an expansive maritime museum that takes visitors on a tour of the hidden depths. From exhibits featuring the Titanic, to the machinery that made it possible to explore the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean, this is a great place to visit. Where to eat in Cherbourg As you gaze out to the ocean, dine on fresh seafood. Cafe de Paris is a well renowned restaurant in Cherbourg, with picture perfect sea views. Don't miss out on the oysters, which are their speciality. Where to drink in Cherbourg For a really quirky cocktail bar, look no further than Le Shake It Café. Known for its skull emblem, great menu and hard liquor, this is a great place to hang out at night. If it's a warm evening, try and get a seat outside. Where to stay in Cherbourg Your accommodation is always incredibly important. You want somewhere clean, accessible, but also interesting and just a little bit quirky. Hotel Napoleon has all that: 20th century architecture and beautiful rooms- there's also parking available. Weather in Cherbourg   In July and August you can experience average highs of 16°C, and lows of 13°C. In the winter, expect temperatures of about 5°C. With rainfall, December is wettest month, with just over 60ml on average. Getting there and around At just over four hours from the Calais Eurotunnel Le Shuttle terminal, you will experience coastal views and amazing stop-off points throughout.  Leave Calais on the A16, take the A28 to Les Rouges Terrres, continue on Voie de la Liberté and drive to Cherbourg. (this road does contain tolls.) You can find free car parks in the city, near La Perge Verte, Place Divette or along the streets. If these spaces fill up, there are multi story car parks a bit further out of town that charge about 40 cents an hour. Have you been inspired to drive to Cherbourg? It's only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais, and if you book your Eurotunnel Le Shuttle tickets with us, you'll get the best price.

Driving to Deauville

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Drive to Deauville and explore its beautiful beaches and famous racecourses. Visiting Deauville This is a commune whose pavements regularly echo with the click-clack of expensive heels. Since Napoleon's half-brother discovered it in 1861, hordes of Parisians descend on its golden beaches to soak in the sun and shop 'til they drop'.  However, there's more than just sunbathing and shopping in Deauville. Spend a few days here, and discover more of the cultural highlights of this sunny spot. What to see in Deauville Deauville-La Touques Racecourse Deauville is famous for its horseracing, so make sure you pay a visit to one of the historic racecourses. The surrounding countryside to Deauville is France's main horse breeding area, so it's no surprise that it is home to a large racecourse. Deauville-La Touques was founded by Charles Auguste Louis Joseph, the same man who founded Deauville. Since 1861, it has hosted flat races for all four seasons, so regardless of when you visit Deauville, there is a good chance you can see a race. Villa Strassburger The beautiful Villa Strassburger is open to the public throughout July and August. Villa Strassburger, originally built in 1907 for Henri de Rothschild, it was later bought by Ralph Beaver Strassburger. After his death, his son donated it to Deauville in 1980. It is open to the public in July and August, and is a fascinating insight into the luxurious life of Deauville's rich and famous. The house itself was inspired by the rural farmhouses in Normandy, a striking juxtaposition against the chic Deauville. Parc des Enclos Calouste Gulbenkian Deauville is famous for its public gardens and green spaces, and none are more beautiful than Parc des Enclos Calouste Gulbenkian. Originally it was privately owned by the businessman Calouste Gulbenkian, and like Villa Strassburger, his son donated it to the city of Deauville. The garden was his sanctuary, where he would go to escape the pressures of his work life. It is a calm, serene outdoor space where you can discover new exotic plants away from the bustling city. Where to eat in Deauville Les Vapeurs Like much of Deauville, Les Vapeurs is a historic part of the city. Since 1927 it has been serving fresh seafood, across from the seafood market. This means that the mussels and haddock are straight from sea to plate. If you aren't a fan of seafood, they also serve classic French brasserie style food too. Where to drink in Deauville One of the most luxurious hotels in Deauville, Hotel Barrière Le Normandy has had some famous guests. The Normandy Bar, Hotel Barrière Le Normandy As Deauville is so well known for its glamour, famous visitors, and stunning buildings it's only right that you treat yourself to a drink at The Normandy Bar, at one of Deauville's grandest hotels, Hotel Barrière Le Normandy. The hotel was built in 1912 and has hosted Winston Churchill and Coco Chanel, amongst other glamorous stars. Where to stay in Deauville Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg Continuing the theme of seaside glamour, Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg was a favourite of writer Marcel Proust. Built in 1907, not only is the hotel a beautiful call back to the city's past, but it also boasts a private beach, golf facilities, a gourmet sea-facing restaurant and exquisite rooms and suites. Weather in Deauville It can get quite warm in Deauville, with highs in August of 19°C and the rest of the summer is a similar temperature. Winter is obviously cooler, at about 6°C. Rainfall is really low in the summer and in the colder months it picks up, with 66ml in October. Getting there and around It's just under three hours to get from our Calais terminal to Deauville. This does include toll roads, so be sure to have Euros accessible for these. Follow the A16 and A29 to Hornfleur, then follow D79, D288 and D278 to Deauville. There are plenty of spots to park in Deauville, but expect parking spots near the seafront to get busier- especially on a sunny day. Does the idea of vintage French glamour sound appealing? Then a trip to the beautiful Deauville will be perfect. Make sure you book your tickets with us, so you get the best price.

The best vineyards for wine lovers

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From the sparkling celebration wine of the Champagne region, to the mellow deep tastes of a Bordeaux red, the heavenly wine of France has quite the reputation. Join us on a journey through some of France's best vineyards. La Tourraque 2444 Chemin de la Bastide Blanche, 83350 Ramatuelle 10 hours from Calais Two hours from one of France's most famous wine regions, Provence, you can find La Tourraque. This vineyard welcomes guests (without need for an appointment) for free wine tastings. You can sample either white, rosé or red wine that is harvested, stored and bottled here. The harvest begins in the morning and part of the process is still carried out by hand to this day. If you arrive with a large group, you can also enjoy a leisurely lunch here. What could be a better way to round off your wine tasting experience? La Source des Fees Route du May, 71960 Fuissé, Burgundy 6 hours from Calais Their wine is harvested by hand, which gives that desired, all natural taste. © lasourcedesfees.fr Harvesting is also carried out by hand here, which really makes every bottle just that extra bit special. If you're doing a tour of vineyards around France, this is truly a wonderful place to stay. A rustic villa, acres of vineyards and golden sun. What's more to want? Chateau Marsannay 2 Rue des Vignes, 21160 Marsannay-la-Côte 5 hours from Calais Those visiting Burgundy simply must try the famous red wines that put this region on the map © chateau-marsannay.com Red wine fans can rejoice knowing that you will be at your happiest when visiting Chateau Marsannay. For those who aren't necessarily prone to a glass of red, the vineyard also produces a white and rosé wine, so all is not lost. Located in the Burgundy wine region, it's not surprising that they specialise in red wine, harvesting the famous Burgundy grapes that grow in their luscious vineyards. With over twenty different types of red wine alone, even those who previously weren't red fans will definitely be converted. Blanck 32, Grand'Rue, 68240 Kientzheim 6 hours from Calais All white wine fans will love Blanck, and their range of award winning wines © blanck.com Harvested by hand and free of fertiliser, the grapes that make-up the delectable wines of the Blanck vineyards are perfectly pure, producing a heavenly bottle of wine. Blanck is made up of 85 acres of vineyard, every year they ship 220,000 bottles worldwide. Most of the wine they make here is white, with the exception of one red bottle. Their Pinot Blanc was awarded a near perfect score by Wine Enthusiast magazine, and their Gewurztraminer won silver at the Decanter Awards, 2017. Only the best wine is served at Blanck! Tips for tasting wine If you are going on a wine tasting adventure, then you should train your palette so you can experience the depth of the wine fully. There are three, quite simple, steps used by sommeliers that you should adopt: Look at the wine under the light, and note the colour. Breathe deeply in through your nose, and try to differentiate the different aromas from the wine. When you taste the wine, note if it's sour, bitter or sweet, and try to make sense of the different flavours within it.   What's one of the best things about driving from England to France? You can bring back as much wine as you like in the boot of your car! And when you book your tickets with us, you will get the best price.

European Music Facts

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Setting off on your car journey to France, Germany or anywhere else in Europe? You need a great playlist. And there’s nothing better than to have musical facts to go alongside it! Europe’s musical history is rich and varied, from classical, to 80s synths, to Swedish pop domination. Every genre of music has found a home within Europe. Join our journey of musical facts, and maybe find some places to stop off along the way! Our journey begins, as it should, with classical music. The world’s most famous classical composer, Mozart was a child prodigy who despite being loved and revered for his musical creations, died penniless and was buried in a pauper’s grave. Fortunately, his reputation did not suffer the same fate, and he remains one of the most famous musical minds in the world. Mozart Facts Mozart’s house is a great place to go and discover the history of the great man himself. He always had a head for music, even at a young age. When he was 14, he heard Allegri’s Miserere and was later able to write it down in full, completely from memory! 14 was clearly a good age for Mozart, as it was also the year when he wrote his first opera, Mitridate Re di Ponto. Starting young, he composed his first 30 symphonies by the time he was 18. In total, he created 41 before his death at aged just 35. If you want to discover more about Mozart, there is nowhere better than his birthplace in Salzburg, Austria. Ten hours from Calais, you will pass through Germany, which is perfect if you’re planning a European road trip. It’s one of the most popular museums in the world, and a Mecca for all classical music fans. Disco in Europe Urtijë is the alpine birthplace of Giorgio Moroder. From the classical sounds of Mozart to the revolutionary synth pop that was blasted all over the radio in the 1970s and 80s. One of the most famous examples of this is Donna Summer’s I Feel Love. Although Summer is American, the choice to use an entirely synthesized backing track came from revolutionary Italian music producer Giorgio Moroder. The song is regularly featured in lists of the greatest dance songs ever, and is widely recognised as one of the most influential pop songs ever made. Moroder was born in Urtijëi, in the alps of Northern Italy, but has resided in Berlin for much of his life. For those who are looking for a holiday with breath-taking natural sites and fresh, alpine mountain air, Urtijëi is a great place to stop by on your travels. The town itself only has about 4000 inhabitants, so if you’re looking for a quiet place off the beaten track, this is it! It’s three hours from Salzburg, if you’re continuing your musical journey, or 11 hours from Calais, taking you through Germany and Austria. Disco Facts The term ‘disco’ came long before the genre of music, and comes from the French word ‘discotheque’. In the 1970s, non-UK pop bands were grouped under the umbrella title ‘Euro-Disco’. Bands like ABBA, Boney M and Arabesque were all described as Euro-Disco. Europe’s Biggest Music Event… Eurovision! Did you know the first Eurovision song contest took place in Lugano, Switzerland? One of the biggest nights in Europe is Eurovision and although we haven’t been the lucky winners in recent years, many of our European neighbours have. The last time France won Eurovision was in 1977, later Belgium took the top spot in 1986 with Germany winning recently in 2010! On a long journey, fun facts are just what you need to keep the conversation flowing. Did you know for instance that the first Eurovision song contest took place in Lugano, Switzerland? Under four hours and half away from Moroder’s Urtijëi, you could even pay it a visit! Eurovision Facts It may be 40 years since France won, but their Eurovision woes aren’t quite as bad as Norway, who have finished last 11 times, and Cyprus, who have never made it into the top four. In 1969, there were no rules for what would happen in the result of a tie, and four countries won. If that happened today, it would be the country with points from the most countries who would win. That’s not the only rule. All Eurovision songs must be under three minutes, and no more than six people are allowed on stage. Do you want to make your musical journey across Europe? With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, it is only 35 minutes to Calais, so before you know it you'll be ready to Hit the Road Jack!

Visiting Nantes

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Some people think that Paris has a huge magnetic pull, dragging all points of French culture to its hallowed avenues. But, that just isn’t the case, and Nantes is the city that proves it. Just under six hours from our Calais terminal, Nantes is a quirky and trendy city to spend a few days. From free galleries set up by international artists to a robotic museum, to beautiful gardens, there is plenty to keep you occupied. La Villa Ocupada Established by twenty artists from around the world, La Villa Ocupada features dazzling bright art, covering the ceiling, walls and floor. The art reflects their political views, so take your time there to study the art to see what it represents. It’s free to enter, which is ideal if you’re travelling on a budget. Les Machines de l’ile de Nantes Don't be surprised if you see a robotic elephant in Nantes! Credit : DominiqueBillaud/LVAN This is a real fantasy world, completely different to anything else you will come across in France, or possibly anywhere else in the world. The giant carousel, huge spiders and caterpillars, and other mind-blowing machines show just what can be achieved from science and engineering. But the star of the show is The Grand Éléphant. This is a huge elephant that can take up to 50 passengers on a 40-minute ride through Les Machines de l’ile de Nantes, stopping off at the carousel and workshops along the way. The elephant ride really is a must, but remember to book tickets far in advance, as it’s understandably in high demand. Jardin des Plantes Come to the Jardin des Plantes for beautiful greenhouses and unusual plants. On a warm day, make sure you spend some time walking through Jardin des Plantes. The garden was established in 1806, and its current form was developed in 1900. With over 11,000 species of plants and greenery, there’s plenty to see and do in the gardens. The greenhouses are also full of unusual and beautiful fauna, but be aware that there’s a charge to enter. Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul The stunning cathedral is a must-visit, but make sure you also pop by the secret garden too. Obviously, a trip to a French city isn’t complete if there isn’t a cathedral stop on the itinerary somewhere. Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul is a gothic style cathedral, looming over Nantes. As well as a place of worship, it is also a tomb for François II, Duke of Brittany and his wife Marguerite de Foix. There is also a secret garden at the back of the cathedral you can rest in. Musée d'Histoire Naturelle From tiny insects to a ginormous whale skeleton, all creatures large and small are on display at Musée d'Histoire Naturelle. There are lots of permanent collections on display, but there are also frequent temporary exhibitions too, so make sure you check what will be on when you visit Nantes. What will you do first in Nantes? Head off on a robotic elephant ride, or go see a whale skeleton in real life? Whatever you choose, there won’t be a long wait as it only takes 35 minutes to get from Folkestone to Calais. Book your tickets with us to receive the best price.

An Autumn in Champagne

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Planning an autumn break? The beautiful region of Champagne is one of the most popular areas to visit in France, and in autumn the area is especially beautiful. Find out what you can do in the Champagne region during autumn. The city of Champagne is only a three hour drive from our Calais terminal. Palais du Tau 45-minute drive from Champagne The stunning Palais du Tau has been the setting to many a celebration. If you’re visiting Champagne, it’s only right you partake in a bit of luxury. You don’t get much more luxurious than Palais du Tau, a palace that was once used by French princes before their coronation, and has been the setting of more than one raucous post-coronation party. It was originally a home for the Archbishop of Reims, but is now a Unesco World Heritage Site and museum. There are plenty of treasures displayed in the halls here - make sure you visit the Gothic Great Hall when you stop by. Troyes 1 hour from Champagne Multi-coloured ancient houses line the narrow cobbled streets of Troyes.  This ancient city has stayed pretty much the same since the 16th century, despite some renovations in the 1950s to make it more hygienic. If it wasn’t for the phone you’re using to snap photos of the streets, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d stepped back in time when you see the narrow, cobbled roads and rickety timber houses. Avenue de Champagne 25-minute drive from Champagne No trip to Champagne is complete without a journey down Avenue de Champagne, where the creators of the wine reside. The avenue is made up of 19th century and Classical style buildings that appear modern when compared to those of Troyes. But underneath the street is where it gets really interesting. Below the depths, there are over 100km of galleries dug out, which house millions of bottles of champagne. Champagne Aspasie 1 hour from Champagne A beautiful 18th century family run vineyard, with champagne to try. Credit: Champagne Aspasie Not only should you visit the coveted Avenue de Champagne, but a trip to an historic vineyard is definitely on the cards. Champagne Aspasie is a family vineyard, passed down by generation, that has been making Champagne since 1794. With five generations of wine making in its past, this is a family that knows all there is to know about the art of winemaking. Wander through the 12 hectares of vineyard, try the various types of champagne that are made there, and be a part of the history of this region. Top Five Must-See Vineyards in Champagne Champagne Barnaut Since 1874, this vineyard has been creating fine wine, by using game changing techniques. La Cave Aux Coquillages Not only can you see how the beautiful wines are made, but you can also discover the preserved geology that helps create this champagne. Champagne Tribaut Located in the birthplace of champagne, you can come here to get first-hand experience working the grape harvest. Parva Domus The owners are known locally as mamie et papy, and love to welcome guests into their beautiful stately home, encased by acres of vineyards. Pre En Bulles Biodynamic wines, horses working the vineyard and jazz concerts. This is a vineyard that stands out from the rest. Do you want to be sampling champagne, in Champagne? It’s easier than you think, as it’s only 35 minutes from Folkestone to Calais with Eurotunnel. Book your tickets with us, for the best price.

Driving to Rennes

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Visiting Rennes The medieval town of Rennes may not be the first place in France that travellers tend to visit, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be explored. Known for its medieval buildings, stacked crookedly together, the impressive Rennes Cathedral, and the rose garden of Parc du Thabor, there are plenty of places to explore here. What to See in Rennes Rennes Cathedral The striking architecture of Rennes Cathedral stands out amongst the quirky Medieval streets. When visiting a French town, you must take a trip to the local church or cathedral, and Rennes is no different. The site has been home to a cathedral since the 6th century, and despite collapsing in the 15th century and being badly damaged during WWII, the Rennes Cathedral still stands. Its restoration was completed in 2014, and so it’s in beautiful condition. Head inside to see the Roman high altar and the works of art that cover the walls. An important piece of historical importance for Rennes, you should definitely visit to get a better understanding of the town’s history. Parc du Thabor The beautiful park is a great place to visit, either for a picnic or run around. In the centre of the town, Parc du Thabor is the perfect place to come for a homemade picnic or a wander through the rose garden, and during the summer, you can take in the outdoor events put on by the local bands and theatre groups. La Place des Lices This square is a great place to have a look at any time, but make sure you pay a visit on Saturday morning and have a wander around its market. Fresh food aplenty, it’s your chance to try local produce and delicacies, such as Breton cider and salted butter. Musée des Beaux-Arts During the French Revolution, there was a great number of artworks that were confiscated from public buildings. Instead of hiding these artworks away, hidden from view, the Musée des Beaux-Arts was founded in 1794 to display them. Today, you can see work by Claude Vignon, Léon Cogniet and Georges Lacombe. Where to Eat in Rennes La Saint Georges Tasting a piece of traditional Breton galette in Rennes is a must! When in Brittany, it’d be a crime not to sample a couple of crêpes and galettes. The area’s famous delicacy has benefitted from hundreds of years of careful thought and preparation put into its recipe, and is still as popular as ever. We’re all familiar with a crêpe, but a galette is slightly less common, at least in the UK. Galettes are made with buckwheat flour, making theme similar in texture to a potato pancake. Head to La Saint Georges to try their traditional Brittany crêpes and galettes. Will you choose sweet, or savoury? Where to Drink in Rennes Couleurs Cafe Exploring a new place can be exhausting, so you deserve a drink! Couleurs Cafe is a bright, lively spot for a cocktail or two. With a wide range of homemade rums, you will want to spend as much time as possible here. Where to Stay in Rennes Marnie & Mister H When you’re visiting a medieval city, you should fully embrace the architecture and style. Marnie & Mister H is a stylish bed and breakfast, housed in a 16th century building. Chandeliers, private balconies, and a sunny outdoor terrace make this a beautiful little spot to call your temporary Rennes home. Weather in Rennes The warmest months are July and August, with average highs of 24°C. Typically, December, January and February are the coldest months, averaging maximum temperatures of about 8°C. December has the highest level of rainfall, reaching 80ml, and the lowest is in April at 40ml. Getting there and around Rennes is just over five hours from our Eurotunnel terminal in Calais, but bear in mind that some of these roads (A16 and E402) are tolled. Take the A16/E402 to the A28, continue to Rue Saint-Malo, then continue to Rennes. There are plenty of car parking spots around Rennes, with many of the spots in the city centre. Make sure you always have some spare Euros on you, as some of the parking spaces charge. Hoche Car Park is a paid car park just a short walk from the city centre at €1.60 an hour. Want to discover more about Rennes? It only takes 35 minutes to get from Folkestone to Calais. Remember to buy your Eurotunnel tickets with us, to get the best deal.

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