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Ferry to Holland

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Thinking of driving to Holland? Driving is one of the most convenient ways to get to Holland, and with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, it's now even quicker. The drive from our Calais terminal to Holland takes only three hours and 14 minutes, and with the freedom of hitting the road whenever you want, you'll be able to explore France and Holland at your own pace. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle - faster than a ferry to Holland from the UK Prices start from £23 per car, with the price including your whole party, making Eurotunnel Le Shuttle one of the cheapest ways to travel across the channel With up to 4 departures per hour, you'll find a time that's right for you Eurotunnel Le Shuttle only takes 35 minutes to travel to France, with Holland only a three hour 14 minute drive from Calais - a lot quicker than a six hour and 30 minute ferry to Holland There are no baggage restrictions, so all the more room for any extra luggage. With direct road links to the motorway, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is much easier to get to when compared to boarding the ferry to Holland. Wherever you are in the UK, you're sure to find our handy chart helpful when finding out how close you are to our Folkestone terminal. Cities in the UK Distance (miles) Distance (km) Driving Time London 67.4 109 1h 21m Edinburgh 461 742 7h 41m Manchester 275 444 4h 32m Birmingham 194 313 3h 08m Leeds 259 417 4h 13m Glasgow 463 746 7h 22m Bristol 186 298 3h 02m Portsmouth 127 205 2h 08m Exeter 235 378 4h 07m Newcastle 341 549 5h 26m Please note: These distance and driving times to our UK terminal are approximate and given as guidance only. Never been on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle? Here's how it works... Getting to the terminal is quick and simple, with zero stress. Once you've arrived, go straight to our check-in booths where you'll be asked to hand over your booking reference, and the credit or debit card you used to purchase your tickets to one of our friendly team members. After they've checked your reference and payment card, you'll be handed a departure hanger that you'll need to display inside your car. After checking-in you'll have the chance to explore our passenger terminal. Enjoy a spot of lunch at Burger King or Leon, buy the latest bestsellers from WHSmith and take a seat to sip some coffee as you relax before boarding your carriage. After your time in the passenger terminal you'll be asked to make your way to passport control, where a member of our staff will double check your travel papers and vehicle documents. Keep your eyes on the customer information screens, and once your carriage is ready, you'll be asked to board up to 25-minutes prior to departure. To get to your train, just follow the green arrows that direct you to your allocated slip lane. Once you're on board you can choose either to sit back and relax, or to step out of your car and stretch your legs to explore the bright, and aired high quality carriages. And that's it! Once you get to Calais, you'll be able to drive straight off onto the motorway, towards your holiday in Holland. If you want to know more or have any questions, then give us a ring. Take a look at our contact page for more information. Top tips for the road to Holland With Holland only being a three hour and 14 minute drive from our Calais terminal, it's a lot easier to get to than you may have previously thought. As you cruise along, enjoy the stunning views of vibrant fields full of animals, blossoming trees, and the beautiful blooming tulips that are a common vision right across the Netherlands. If you're heading to Amsterdam, then you're in for a treat. An enchanting city full of history, culture and wonderful things to do; you won't have the chance to be bored. Fans of art will love Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, which offers a collection of some of his best work. This fantastic artist achieved little recognition during his lifetime, which is a great shame considering he was the genius behind famous masterpieces such as 'Sunflowers' and 'Bedroom in Arles'.  For fun and adventure go to Slagharen, a huge theme park in the Netherlands. There, you'll see beautiful views of the land from the heights of the Ferris Wheels, and get to enjoy splashing in the pool and even get the chance to take on white water adventures. And after a tiring day, you can spend the night in one of the park's tepees. Whether you're going on holiday or travelling with work, making the trip from the UK to Holland has never been so easy. Book your next journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle today, for a convenient and affordable travel experience. Book your journey

Ferry to France

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Thinking of driving to France? If you're planning your next holiday to France, there is no better way to get there than by car. Driving to France gives you the freedom to explore the area, head off the beaten track and discover the country at your own pace. And when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you will get there in a fraction of the time compared to a ferry crossing to France, which takes at least 90 minutes. Faster than a ferry to France: Eurotunnel Le Shuttle When it comes to planning your French driving holiday, look no further than Eurotunnel to get you on your way. Our service is both flexible and affordable, which means that, with Eurotunnel, travelling to France couldn't be easier! Crossings run from Folkestone to Calais 365 days a year There are up to four departures every hour It takes just 35 minutes to get to France from the UK, making it faster than the ferries to France Prices start at just £23 , which covers one car and up to nine passengers It's so easy to get to the Eurotunnel terminal in the UK, with direct access from the M20 motorway. Take a look at how close you are with our handy table of 10 key cities around the country. Cities in the UK Distance (miles) Distance (km) Driving Time London 67.4 109 1h 21m Edinburgh 461 742 7h 41m Manchester 275 444 4h 32m Birmingham 194 313 3h 08m Leeds 259 417 4h 13m Glasgow 463 746 7h 22m Bristol 186 298 3h 02m Portsmouth 127 205 2h 08m Exeter 235 378 4h 07m Newcastle 341 549 5h 26m Please note: These distance and driving times to our UK terminal are approximate and given as guidance only. Never been on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle? Here's how it works... We run Channel crossings from Folkestone 365 days a year, with up to four departures every hour. Our flexible and convenient service gives you the freedom to travel when it suits you. With our extensive timetable, you can select a time and date for travelling that fits into your schedule. It's so easy to book: simply select your travel dates, choose your preferred time slot and pick one of the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle departure times. You'll be on your way to France before you know it! 1. Arrive at Eurotunnel and check in From the UK, Eurotunnel is easily reached via the M25 and M20. Exit the motorway at Junction 11a, and drive straight to our check-in booths. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes and no more than 2 hours before your booked departure time. 2. Collect your Departure Hanger You will need your booking reference number and the credit/debit card used at the time of booking to collect this. 3. Visit our Passenger Terminal Once you're through check-in and passport control, take some time to relax and visit our Passenger Terminal Building for a spot of shopping at one of our 11 shops, including World Duty Free, or enjoy some refreshments at one of the cafés. Remember to keep your hanger visible at all times whilst on the terminal site. 4. Have your passport ready When it's time, drive straight through to the British and French frontier controls where your passport, vehicle and official documentation will be checked. 5. Drive on You can start to board approximately 25 minutes before your departure time. There are customer information screens and service announcements to let you know when Le Shuttle is ready. Follow the green arrows to your allocated slip lane, and it won't be long before you're on your way. 6. Drive off Boarding is simple and safe, and you will be directed to your carriage by our friendly team. You stay with your vehicle throughout the short journey in bright, air-conditioned carriages. There's nothing left to do except sit back and relax, or get out and stretch your legs. In 35 minutes, simply drive off at the end of the crossing and be on your way. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Here are some useful contact details to help you out. Top tips for the drive to France Once you arrive in France, it's time for your holiday to begin - but where to start? France has a rich and varied culture, with something to appeal to everyone. For your next family holiday, there's nothing quite like a camping adventure. The kids will love the chance to explore the great outdoors, whilst you can relax and unwind in the countryside. You'll be spoilt for choice with great campsites all over the country, so take a look at our guide to camping in Francefor some handy tips and inspiration. France is the country of romance, making it a great destination for couples. We recommend heading down to the Champagne-Ardenne region, which is only a short drive away. Its quiet, laidback lifestyle and rich cultural heritage is the perfect setting for spending quality time with the one you love. When you're travelling over with friends, we suggest a fun day out of boating and picnics at the Audomarois Marshes, near St Omer. You can drive there in about 45 minutes from our Calais terminus, which makes it perfect for a day tripor weekend break. Book your journey

Ferry to Calais

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Ferries from Dover to Calais It's a great idea that you've decided to drive to Calais, and with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle your journey will be even quicker than a typical trip by ferry. Driving your own car gives you the freedom to hit the road whenever you want to, exploring new areas of Calais and the rest of France at your own pace. Eurotunnel Le Shuttle - faster than a ferry to Calais from Dover Prices start from £23 per car (that's including the whole family), making it one of the cheapest ways to travel across the channel With up to 4 departures per hour, you'll find a time that suits you Eurotunnel Le Shuttle only takes 35 minutes to travel to France, compared to a 90 minute ferry from Dover to Calais There are no baggage restrictions, so you can pack as much as you like With direct links to the M20 motorway, Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is much easier to get to when compared to the ferries from Dover to Calais. Wherever you are in the UK, take a look at our handy chart to see how close you are to our Folkestone terminal. Cities in the UK Distance (miles) Distance (km) Driving Time London 67.4 109 1h 21m Edinburgh 461 742 7h 41m Manchester 275 444 4h 32m Birmingham 194 313 3h 08m Leeds 259 417 4h 13m Glasgow 463 746 7h 22m Bristol 186 298 3h 02m Portsmouth 127 205 2h 08m Exeter 235 378 4h 07m Newcastle 341 549 5h 26m Please note: These distance and driving times to our UK terminal are approximate and given as guidance only. Never been on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle? Here's how it works... Making your way to your carriage is quick and easy to do, with zero hassle. Once you have arrived, head to one of our check-in booths, where a friendly member of our team will take a look at your booking reference and the credit/debit card used to buy your tickets. When everything has been checked, you'll be handed a departure hanger for you to place in your car. Fancy a coffee, some snacks or a spot of shopping? After checking in, you'll be able to explore our passenger terminal building, enjoy a spot of food at Burger King, choose some holiday reading from WHSmith, or relax with a coffee before setting off on your journey. After taking a tour of the passenger terminal, you will be asked to drive over to passport control where a member of our team will double-check your personal and vehicle documents. 25 minutes prior to your departure you will be called to board your carriage; simply check the customer information screens and then follow the green arrows, which will direct you to your slip lane - easy! Once you've boarded, you'll be able to stretch your legs and explore the light and air-conditioned Eurotunnel le Shuttle carriages or sit back and relax, as in 35 minutes time you'll be driving off into Calais. If you want to know more or have any questions, then give us a ring. Take a look at our contact page for more information. Top tips for the road to Calais As well as the location of our terminal, Calais is also a great place to start when visiting France. Just a five minute drive away from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle is Calais' Carrefour Cite Europe, one of the largest supermarkets in the region. Sample the local cheese, wines, and meats, and pick some tasty snacks for your journey, as you peruse the shop's aisles. Full of history and culture, the main town is worth a visit, providing you with a true taste of what Calais has to offer. The Town Hall is a majestic piece of architecture that, when lit up in the evening, is a mesmerising sight. Built in 1885, this landmark provides impressive views of Calais, which you'll get to see during a guided tour to the top of the tower. If you want to take a break from driving and get some fresh air, then drive to Côte d'Opale in the west of Calais. Once there you'll be able to enjoy a stroll along the Sentier des Balcons d'Escalles - a beautiful 8km coastal path with views of the chalk cliffs and stunning French countryside. Whether you're going on holiday or travelling with work, making the trip to Calais has never been so easy. Book your next journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle today, for a convenient and affordable travel experience. Book your journey

Ferry to Belgium

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Thinking of driving to Belgium? If your next trip is to Belgium, whether for business or pleasure, there is no better way to get there than by car. Driving to Belgium gives you the freedom to explore the area, head off the beaten track and discover the country at your leisure. And when you travel with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you will get there in a fraction of the time compared to a ferry crossing to Belgium, which takes 13 hours and 15 minutes! Faster than a ferry to Belgium: Eurotunnel Le Shuttle When it comes to planning your Belgian driving holiday or business trip, look no further than Eurotunnel Le Shuttle to get you on your way. Our service is both flexible and affordable, which means that with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, travelling to Belgium couldn't be easier! Crossings run from Folkestone to Calais 365 days a year There are up to four departures every hour It takes just 35 minutes to get to France from the UK, making it faster than the ferries to Belgium Prices start at just £23 , which covers one car and up to nine passengers It's so easy to get to the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle from within the UK, as there's direct access from the M20 motorway. Take a look at how close you are with our handy table of 10 key cities around the country. Cities in the UK Distance (miles) Distance (km) Driving Time London 67.4 109 1h 21m Edinburgh 461 742 7h 41m Manchester 275 444 4h 32m Birmingham 194 313 3h 08m Leeds 259 417 4h 13m Glasgow 463 746 7h 22m Bristol 186 298 3h 02m Portsmouth 127 205 2h 08m Exeter 235 378 4h 07m Newcastle 341 549 5h 26m Please note: These distance and driving times to our UK terminal are approximate and given as guidance only. Never been on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle? Here's how it works... We run Channel crossings from Folkestone 365 days a year, with up to four departures every hour. Our flexible and convenient service runs 24 hours a day, which gives you the freedom to travel when it suits you. With our extensive timetable, you can select a time and date for travelling that fits into your busy schedule. It's so easy to book: simply select your travel dates, choose your preferred time slot and pick one of the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle departure times. You'll be on your way to Belgium before you know it! 1. Arrive at Eurotunnel and check in From the UK, Eurotunnel is easily reached via the M25 and M20. Exit the motorway at Junction 11a, and drive straight to our check-in booths. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes and no more than two hours before your booked departure time. 2. Collect your Departure Hanger You will need your booking reference number and the credit/debit card used at the time of booking to collect this. 3. Visit our Passenger Terminal Once you're through check-in and passport control, take some time to relax and visit our Passenger Terminal Building for a spot of shopping at one of our 11 shops, including World Duty Free, or enjoy some refreshments at one of the cafés. Remember to keep your hanger visible at all times whilst on the terminal site. 4. Have your passport ready When it's time, drive straight through to the British and French frontier controls where your passport, vehicle and official documentation will be checked. 5. Drive on You can start to board approximately 25 minutes before your departure time. There are customer information screens and service announcements to let you know when Le Shuttle is ready. Follow the green arrows to your allocated slip lane, and it won't be long before you're on your way. 6. Drive off Boarding is simple and safe, and you will be directed to your carriage by our friendly team. You stay with your vehicle throughout the short journey in bright, air-conditioned carriages. There's nothing left to do except sit back and relax, or get out and stretch your legs. In 35 minutes, simply drive off at the end of the crossing and be on your way. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Here are some useful contact details to help you out. Top tips for the drive to Belgium Driving to Belgium from the Eurotunnel terminus in Calais is so quick and easy. The border is a short 40-minute drive along the E40, which follows the coast along Northern France. Once you're in Belgium, it's time to start exploring at making the most of the freedom driving. Stay on the E40 and continue your journey on to Bruges, just an hour and 20 minutes from Calais. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful historic European city. Climb the Belfry of Bruges and admire views over the city, take in some culture at the Groeningemuseum, or simply lose yourself wandering through the ancient cobbled streets. A two-hour drive from our Calais terminal is vibrant Antwerp. Famed as the home of classic Baroque painter Rubens, it has also become a fashion-mecca, making it a must-visit for the shopaholics amongst you! On your drive to Antwerp from Calais, you will pass the stunning, yet underrated, town of Ghent - brimming with culture, it is definitely worth detouring for a visit! A trip to Belgium wouldn't be complete without a visit to the capital city, Brussels. The heart of Europe and home to the EU, there is plenty to do in this fascinating city. If you're travelling with the family, be sure to pay the Belgian Comic Strip Center a visit, or take the kids to the Océade waterpark for a fun day out. Take some time out to relax as you wander the Art Nouveau collections of the Horta Museum, or simply indulge in some of the famous Belgian chocolates and beer! Belgium has so much to offer, it can be tricky to know where to start. Why not take a look at our Belgian city guide for more inspiration for your trip? It's so easy to book your holiday with Eurotunnel, and with our speedy and flexible service, it has never been more convenient. What's more, when you book your accommodation through Eurotunnel Hotels, you can save up to 75%! Book your journey

La Bulle Sensorielle

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Luxury services for a real escape La Bulle Sensorielle (The Sensory Bubble) will take you on a journey of complete relaxation. Enter a new world of massages, facials and body treatments, uniquely innovative, inviting and sophisticated.

Extreme Sports in France

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From paragliding to cliff diving, pick your extreme sport here. France is a country of mountainous terrain, stunning beaches and inspiring cityscapes, making it the perfect place to try out some of the world's most extreme sports. To get you inspired for a sportier getaway, we've put together a guide to the best extreme sports and their locations, from parkour to white-water rafting. Parkour Parkour is a gymnastic-style sport that was born out of France's military obstacle courses, which involved men and women using their bodies to manoeuvre over barriers. The origin of the sport is traced to David Belle, who founded parkour in the 1990s by joining forces with other gymnastic daredevils. Avid parkour practitioners can be found running up walls in Paris, jumping off and around them, and vaulting their way over obstacles. Between July and August every year, the Parkour Generations (one of the leading professional organisations) set up a camp in the French Alps that teaches and trains parkour practitioners. The camp is available for both beginners and advanced levels, and is the perfect opportunity to train in a true French extreme sport. Will you try out parkour during your next holiday to France? Surfing The South of France has some of the best surfing locations in Europe, and the city of Biarritz is one of them. The Biarritz coast is six-kilometres long, and features six beautiful beaches that provide visitors with lush golden sand, and undulating waves. The Grand Plage is the city's most popular beach, and surfers flock to the beach's shores to take advantage of the fat rolling peaks and good conditions. If you turn out of Biarritz and continue along Anglet's coast, you'll come across another great surfing location, Cavaliers Beach. Known around the world for its strong waves, this spot is also a popular setting for professional surfing competitions, which take place across the year. On top of this beach having fewer crowds than the Grand Plage, it also provides surfers with a good swell and impressive peaks. Test the waves of Biarritz's coast White-water rafting If you've always wanted to try out white-water rafting, or just want to hone your skills, enjoy a trip to Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in South Western France, one of the best rafting destinations in the country. A popular spot with both beginners and advanced rafters is the Ubaye River, a place that is renowned for its breathtaking views, such as the vast woodland and sky-high mountain peaks. During your trip, you'll be able to take on the river's many rapids, such as the aptly named Shark's Tooth and Spring Roll, which will really test your ability. Another great river is the Guil, which is located just outside of the Écrins National Park. One of the most beautiful rivers in France, it also had strong rapids and deep canyons to keep you on your toes. For a real challenge, make sure you descend on your raft, which will provide ample views of the nearby scenery and a chance to take on the famous Triple Chute. Take on the rapids of the Guil River Cliff diving If you're known for being a bit of a daredevil, a great way to get your next adrenaline rush is by having a go at cliff diving. One of the best spots for this in France is along the Massif des Calanques, a stretch of rugged cliffs between Marseille and Cassis. Ranging in different heights and difficulties, the cliffs here are often dotted with divers from around the world, who come to enjoy the beautiful sunshine On top of the great weather, divers can look forward to plunging into deep pools of turquoise water and exploring the sea life that inhabits the nearby reefs. But, make sure you check out the depth of the water before you dive in; if too shallow, you could be risking serious injury. Dive into the beautiful waters of southern France Flyboarding Invented in France by watercraft rider Franky Zapata, in 2012, the flyboard is a recent invention that has taken the world by storm. The flyboard works by forcing water under the board you're standing on, propelling you into the air, where you may even reach a height of 10-metres. In the city of La Rochelle, in South Western France, they've recently established a couple of flyboard rental companies, where you can use the boards by the hour. Be wary though, rental charges can be quite high, so make sure you shop around first. Do you dare to flyboard? Paragliding For impressive bird's eye views of the captivating French countryside, dare to fly through the skies during a paragliding trip. A top spot to try this out is Lake Annecy, an azure lake situated in Haute-Savoie that is surrounded by beautiful green hills. Adrenaline Parapente is a company that specialises in helping visitors achieve their dream of gliding over the lake, and they'll be able to provide you with suitable training and guidance for your big jump. As an experience, you can expect to run at a speed (with your instructor attached) until the air catches your wing, flying you into the air. Once in the sky, you'll find yourself slowly gliding over the aquamarine lake, jagged cliffs and vast countryside. Just take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride. Paraglide over France's beautiful countryside Getting there and around With Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. it only takes 35-minutes to cross the Channel, meaning you'll be jumping from planes, hopping over walls and taking on the waves of Biarritz in no time at all. These extreme sports are incredibly exciting, especially with the proper guidance of a certified instructor. Make sure you err on the side of caution during your next adventure holiday, in order to be safe and have plenty of fun. Book your journey

The Best Chocolate in Belgium

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Taste your way through some of Belgium's best chocolate Renowned for being home to some of the best chocolatiers, Belgium is a popular haunt with chocolate lovers from around the world. From creative chocolate connoisseurs in Brussels, to family run businesses in Ghent, Belgium is the home of chocolate innovation. To help get you inspired for your confectionery trip, we've put together a list of the best chocolatiers and chocolate shops in Belgium. Brussels Pierre Marcolini Pierre Marcolini is one of the top chocolatiers in Belgium, and his work is living proof of his talent. Every year, Marcolini travels around the world in search of great quality cocoa beans, often blending different types to create unique flavours in his chocolate. To create the initial chocolate blend, he mixes ground, roasted cocoa beans with cocoa butter, sugar and fresh Tahitian vanilla. His final creations are the result of perfect flavour composition. Tantalise your taste buds with a Baies Roses, a chocolate filled with bitter ganache, infused with Moroccan pink pepper berries. Or, sample a taste of utter luxury, with the Pierre Marcolini Grand Cru chocolate, which is made with cocoa from Venezuela, Java and Madagascar, and is bursting with ganache laced with vanilla. Dig into the treats of Pierre Marcolini Neuhaus Established as a chocolate shop by Jean Neuhaus Junior, in 1857, Neuhaus is one of the oldest chocolate producers in Belgium. If you're interested in trying a couple of the shop's innovative flavours, two popular choices that have been around since 1937 are Bonbon13, a blend of dark and milk chocolate infused with rum, and Astrid, a buttery and crunchy chocolate that was created in honour of Queen Astrid of Belgium. Nowadays, the shop offers a range of carefully curated boxes, such as the Neuhaus Haute Pâtisserie, a selection of nine different flavoured chocolates designed by nine top pastry chefs, based on their favourite desserts. Explore the chocolate treats of Neuhaus Bruges Depla Chocolatier Located on Mariastraat, Depla is a famous chocolatier that's been producing high quality treats since 1958. Pol Depla, a member of the Guild of the Bruges Chocolatiers, runs the company, which famously produces artisanal chocolate on site, combining the best cocoa with his own family recipe. Pol's chocolate shop is renowned for its production of the Brugs Swaentje, or Bruges Swan, a type of swan-shaped chocolate filled with almond praline that's been infused with gruut spices and kletskoppen biscuits. On top of this Belgian delicacy, you'll also have the choice of masterfully crafted chocolate figurines, such as rabbits and dragons. To see how Pol Depla works, join one of his workshops, where you'll get to watch how he creates these chocolate masterpieces. How chocolate is made Dumon Chocolatier Positioned in one of the beautiful medieval buildings just around the corner from Depla, Dumon Chocolatier is a well-established shop run by Stephan Dumon, who began his career by creating artisan truffles for nearby pastry chefs in 1992. Dumon was trained as a chef chocolatier at the city's Ter Groene Poorte, a famous catering school, and implements his learnings to create chocolate using the traditional artisan method. In his shop, you can expect to sample a wide and varied range of chocolate, from green, frog-shaped pralines, to festive figurines and fruit, spice and nut infused chocolate bars. There's plenty of choice, so make sure you treat yourself to a box of whatever they recommend, and enjoy them with a coffee in the shop's café. Dumon's multi-coloured chocolates The Chocolate Line The chocolate-brown exteriors of this charming shop give the impression that even the walls are edible, but sadly, they're not. Owned by Dominique Persoone and Fabienne De Staerke, and open since 1992, The Chocolate Line produces quality chocolate for top chefs, tourists and foodies from across Belgium. From outside the shop, you can watch the chocolatiers hard at work in the kitchen, tempering and moulding delicious treats for you to try. The Chocolate Line is famous for the interesting flavours they produce, such as the Tequila chocolate that requires you to lick salt from the treat, drink the tequila and eat the chocolate filled with lime infused ganache. Other exciting tastes include Bangkok, a chocolate laced with hints of lemongrass, and Green Tokyo, a chocolate filled with a bitter ganache and Japanese wasabi marzipan. Antwerp Hans Burie Chocolatier At the age of 20, Hans Burie started creating chocolate from his own home, and as his business grew, he was soon able to move to Antwerp and buy his own shop, where he specialised in traditional chocolate making. As of 2000, Hans' son, Lieven Burie, has been running the shop, continuing to create delicious and unusual Belgian delicacies people love. Sample candied orange slices dipped in rich dark chocolate, whipped raspberry-filled chocolates and amazing structures, such as giant chocolate ostriches and snakes. If you want to learn more about the Burie process of making chocolate, treat yourself and your family to an hour-long behind the scenes session, where you'll get to witness how the pralines are made. DelRey For around 60 years, DelRey has been producing chocolate, macaroons, and celebration cakes, so it's no surprise that they're held in such high regard. With every season, the shop's windows are dotted with themed chocolate creations, from Easter eggs, to glossy red hearts and delicious flower-shaped treats. Inside, the chocolates are even more beautiful, with delights including escargot moulded dark chocolate filled with chestnut purée and whipped with butter and rum, Norwegian candied cherries covered in red-tinted chocolate, and champagne truffles, which you can enjoy in the shop's very own Chocolate Lounge. DelRey's chocolate and cakes Ghent Chocolaterie Van Hoorebeke The Van Hoorebeke chocolaterie consists of two shops, which are owned by creator, Luc Van Hoorebeke, and his son, Cedric. The two chocolatiers create artisanal pralines, carefully picking out the cocoa beans they use to create their original chocolate blend. Passers-by can take a sneak peek into their basement workshops, and watch as they create mouth-watering, sweet delights, such as candied orange peel dipped in bitter dark chocolate, and creamy truffles that have been rolled in flakes of milk chocolate. Quetzal de Chocoladebar On top of all the chocolate you can eat, Belgium has a big chocolate-drinking culture, which is celebrated in Quetzal de Chocoladebar. Inside, you'll discover myriad warm chocolate milks to choose from, infused with different flavours and spices, such as the Mexican hot chocolate mixed with honey and a piquant spice blend, and the Malabar, which is blended with Arabian cardamom. In the evening, you can also treat yourself to one of the many 'choctails', such as the Azteca, a mixture of rum, gin and Mexican spices, and a slice of rich, chocolate brownie. The bar also offers pure cocoa shots, for the real lovers of chocolate, as well as indulgent ice cream for your kids. Book your journey

Arts and Crafts Village

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Desvres and its longstanding pottery making tradition Awarded the name of "Ville et Métiers d'Art" in 1997, the Desvres earthenware tradition goes back over two centuries. Desvres remains the custodian of a historic heritage including decorations, moulds, and an outstanding know-how in both hand decoration and the stamping technique (a moulding process similar to sculpting). Today, a dozen craftsmen are perpetuating this earthenware tradition in Desvres and are happy to welcome you in their workshop to demonstrate their passion and skill. The Arts & Crafts Village Spread over 2200 m² on two levels, The Arts & Crafts Village in Desvres (VMAD) is a new structure offering an introductory tour to the current arts & crafts trades. From the windows overlooking the workshops, you will discover the universe of craftsmen at work. It is a fascinating way to learn about the tools and materials used, and to understand the professional path of these young people who are so passionate about their job. Discover the Arts & Crafts Village shop and its craftsmen The VMAD shop offers a selection of the most beautiful objects and creations crafted by professionals in the region and across France. It is the ideal place to search out unique, handmade gifts made from earthenware, wood, glass and fabric. More information about the work of the artisans and their biographies is available from Emily at reception. What will I find there? Bowls, cups, glasses, plates, knife rests, butter dishes, jam pots, salt cellars and pepper pots, serving dishes, teapots, sugar bowls, pitchers, serviette rings, vases of all shapes and materials, tidy trays and candlesticks, glass tea light holders, stem vases, lamps, ceramic animals and hats, piggy banks, jewellery boxes, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, glass beads, cufflinks, dish towels, handbags and ties with Calais lace, buttons and book covers in Japanese fabric, lighter holders, bookmarks, books on traditional Desvres "faience", magnets made from Desvres tile "faience", board games and small furniture objects made from driftwood, and much more... Getting there and around Chaussée Brunehaut - RD 341 Lieu-dit "Les Courteaux", 62240 LONGFOSSE Tél :+33 (0)3 21 99 60 20 contact@vmad.fr http://www.vmad.eu Book your journey Opening times From Tuesday to Saturday: 9.00am - noon / 2.00pm - 6.00pm

Paris Agricultural Show

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Visit the largest farm in France The Agricultural Show is a real family event. Offering new stands and activities every year, the show provides an opportunity to seek out and meet 1,050 exhibitors and to discover around 4,000 farm animals, including horses, sheep, pigs, hens and many others – perfect for animal lovers! From the competition for the biggest cow in France, to wine and cheese tastings, the Agricultural Show is an unmissable event for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in French culture! 330 breeds of animal, all under one roof! First of all, in the area dedicated to "Livestock Breeding Sectors", you will find 330 breeds of animals – some more familiar than others – ranging from cows and ponies to rabbits and dogs, amongst others. A real treat for young and old alike! A world of flavours! Then, why not make the most of the area "Farming and Delicacies from around the World"? This year, more than 18 countries are represented, to the immense delight of your taste buds! Whether it is wine, regional produce or even the dishes on offer from restaurants from France and around the world, we are convinced you will find something to take your culinary fancy! Yum! Growing green… To help you digest all these lovely treats, how about a little breath of fresh air in the "Crops and Plants" zone! There you will find field crops and cereals, and find out about the latest trends for your garden. And, with activities and workshops scheduled all day, you'll soon have all the knowledge you need to help your plants flourish! Learn from the professionals To top off this wonderful day of discovery, the "Agricultural Services and Professions" zone gives you the opportunity to put your questions to French farming professionals. The curiosity of both children and their parents will be satisfied by the various activities on offer. An itinerary for everyone If the above activities don't take your fancy, you could always opt for one of the itineraries recommended by the Agricultural Show itself: Short of time? With the express itinerary, you can visit all the unmissable attractions of the biggest farm in France in just three hours. The "Regional and Quality-Labelled Products" itinerary is just the thing to whet your appetite! There are lots of delicious dishes and taste sensations waiting to be tried. Do you have younger visitors in your party? They'll be beaming from ear to ear with the "Children" itinerary, which has everything you need for an unforgettable experience. You will also get a backpack full of surprises. Getting there and around By car: it takes approximately three hours (299 km) to drive from the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais terminal. International Agricultural Show Paris Porte de Versailles 1, place de la Porte de Versailles Paris 75015 Email: sia_support@leni-france.fr en.salon-agriculture.com To find out more about other trails So, are you ready to discover all that France has to offer? Book your journey

Calais celebrates Christmas

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Get into the Christmas spirit The town centre and districts of Calais are lit up each year to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Make the most of your trip to Calais to discover what the town has planned for your enjoyment! Each weekend is packed with festivities that will delight all the family. Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse are taking centre stage this year and will be sure to come and greet you at the opening parade! Balloon modelling, children's face-painting, sand sculptures, concerts, giant parades, nativity scene in the gardens of the Town Hall, maze, without forgetting the famous Christmas market…you will love the celebrations! Here is an idea of what's in store! Come and do your shopping in Calais and join in the celebrations! 29 November Christmas lights switch on Place de l'Hôtel de Ville, 1730 hours Switching on of the Christmas lights with Mickey and Minnie mascots who will be giving out Mickey ear headbands. Opening of the "Sand Sculpture" and "Mickey & Donald as Art" exhibitions. Calais Cœur de Vie shopping centre, Boulevard Jacquard. 30 November Treasure Hunt Town Hall, Place d'Armes, 1500 hours Face-painting and balloon modelling with Mickey and Minnie. Approximate duration: 2 hours. Free of charge. 6 and 7 December Christmas Market, face-painting and balloon modelling. Calais Theatre and Place d'Armes 6 December Gospel choir concert. Calais Theatre From 1430 to 1830 hours. Duration: 20 minutes 7 December, 1800 hours Descent of the Belfry. Saturday 13 December Santa procession Place d'Armes Troïka sleigh carries Santa through the town from 1700 hours. A real traditional Russian Troïka sleigh will be lit up as darkness falls and will carry Santa through the town. Come and greet Santa as it moves off from the Theatre. The procession will then stop at the Town Hall before heading to the Place d'Armes. Sunday 14 December Place d'Armes Face-painting  - 1400 to 1800 hours. Meet Santa - 1400 to 1800 hours. Meet Santa and take away a photo souvenir capturing the magic moment. Balloon modelling - at 1500 hours, 1600 hours, 1700 hours, three 45-minute sessions. Ice and Fire show -  1740 to 1800 hours. Free of charge. Saturday 20 December Christmas Market Calais Theatre - from 1000 to 1900 hours. Face-painting and balloon modelling Calais Theatre and Place d'Armes At 15h00, 16h00, 17h00, three 45-minute sessions. Parade through the town with elves on stilts, at 14h30, 15h30, 16h30. Duration 45 minutes. Concert by the Harmonie Municipale orchestra In the square in front of the Theatre at 1600 hours. Duration 30 minutes. Place d'Armes at 1700 hours. Duration 30 minutes. Sunday 21 December Christmas Market, face-painting and balloon modelling. Calais Theatre 20 to 28 December Bouncy village Forum Gambetta.  Three sessions of 1 hour of play time per day. From 1400 to 1500 hours, from 1530 to 1630 hours, from 1700 to 1800 hours. Entrance is by invitation only. Invitations can be obtained from the partner shops and will be handed out to the public on Wednesday 10 and 17 December and Saturday 6 and 13 December at Calais Cœur de Vie shopping centre from 14h to 17h. Subject to availability (170 spaces in each play time). There is also a carousel in Place d'Armes and a Mickey letterbox in the districts, a confectionary stall and some merry-go-rounds at the Theatre, and Christmas decorations at the Town Hall. A free bus service will run on the 3 weekends in December between Place Foch, Place d'Armes and the Theatre. Office de tourisme Calais Côte d'Opale 12 Bd Clémenceau - Calais Tel: +33 (0)3 21 96 62 40 MAIRIE DE CALAIS Place du Soldat Inconnu CS30329 - 62107 CALAIS CEDEX - FRANCE  BUREAUX : Espace de Promotion  9 rue Paul Bert Tel.: +33 (0)3 21 46 20 83 Book your journey

2for1 offers in Kent

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We would like to invite you to come and explore the Garden of England with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle and receive 2FOR1 entry into Kent's top venues. With an exciting fusion of seaside resorts, vibrant cities, rolling countryside and unique shopping venues, Kent is the place to be! Visit Kent has put together a large choice of venues and attractions to visit across Kent. Simply present your Eurotunnel Le Shuttle car ticket hanger and the 2FOR1 offer voucher.

Nausicaá, Boulogne-sur-Mer

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An unforgettable deep sea adventure... Home to over 35,000 fish and other marine creatures, Nausicaá is the ultimate undersea family day out. Get to stroke the stingrays, meet the penguins, have a close encounter with the sharks and much more. A hands-on experience that combines education and entertainment.

Arras

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One of the prettiest towns of Northern France Famous for its Flemish Baroque-style square, theTown Hall and the Belfry, Arras will overwhelm you not only by its wealth of heritage and architecture but also by its way of life. A warm welcome is reserved for all visitors to the town.

Aqualud Waterpark

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On the beach, outdoor and indoor! Located on the French coast "Côte d'Opale" at Le Touquet Paris-Plage, Aqualud is just a 45 minute drive on the motorway from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal. With water temperature kept at 29°C, you can enjoy the tropical heat and have fun on the water slides, wave pool or relax in the Jacuzzi. Or will you dare to try the Black Hole and experience a fearsome drop! At Aqualud, the whole family is catered for. Children under 5 have their own dedicated space with slides, games and a shallow pool. Children under 7 can turn into pirates at the brand new attraction Kids Island. When you have run out of steam, head for the Hippopotamus restaurant for a well deserved meal. Opening times (local times)   Outdoor park opens from 2nd July to 31st August from 12:15 to 18:30. From 10:30 to 17:45 (off peak) From 10:30 to 18:45 (peak) Hippopotamus restaurant is open 7 days a week, for lunch and dinner. Practical information Babies under 6 months are not authorized in the park. Only male swim briefs and swim trunks can be worn in the pool. Boxer shorts are not allowed. Getting there and around Less than an hour drive on the motorway from Eurotunnel's Calais Terminal. Take exit 26 off the A16 motorway. Parc AQUALUD Boulevard Thierry Sabine – 62520 LE TOUQUET Tel.: +33 (0)825 747 507 (0.15€/mn) Fax: +33 (0)0825 747 509 contact@aqualud.com www.aqualud.com Hippopotamus Restaurant Boulevard Thierry Sabine – 62520 LE TOUQUET Tél : 03.21.90.07.08 www.hippopotamus.fr Book your journey

Somme

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1914-18, the Great War in the Somme The Somme has been deeply marked by the battles of the First World War: the August invasion and the "race to the sea" of September 1914, the Battle of the Somme from July to November 1916, the German Spring offensive in March 1918 and the consequent Allied counter-offensives of Picardy from August to September 1918. In 1916, in contrast to the Franco-German battle at Verdun, the Somme became a world arena: a meeting point for over twenty nationalities and where three million soldiers fought on a 45 km front. The Remembrance Trail will take you in their footsteps, through cemeteries, museums, memorials and battlefields in remembrance of all the soldiers who fought during the Great War. The Remembrance Trail The Thiepval Memorial This imposing brick and stone monument, designed by the architect sir Edwin Lutyens, is 45 m high, and can be seen for miles around. It commemorates the 73,367 missing British and South Africans who fell between July 1915 and March 1918 and have no known grave. The visitor centre has a large exhibition area providing visitors with an understanding of the Battle of the Somme. The Newfoundland Memorial - Beaumont-Hamel This site gives a moving and realistic picture of the battles through its network of admirably well-preserved trenches. It covers 30 hectares. A path leads to the orientation table at the top of the Caribou mound - named after its crowning bronze statue of a caribou, emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. The memorial looks towards the German lines and gives a clear, panoramic view of the battlefields and trench system. South-African National Memorial and Museum - Longueval The memorial and the Museum are erected in the heart of the Bois Delville, renamed the Devil's wood, these two edifices pay homage to the South African soldiers who received their baptism of fire. Here out of the 780 men who took part in the attack on July 15th, only 142 returned unharmed  days later. Little Train of the Upper-Somme and narrow-gauge railway museum This steam train travels between Froissy and Dompierre on a railway line that was constructed in 1916 for the Battle of the Somme. It was used to supply the trenches. The museum is dedicated to the history of narrow-gauge railway lines from 1800 to the present day. Lochnagar Crater - La Boisselle This impressive mine crater, 100 metres across and 30 metres deep, is a relic of the series of explosions which happened on July 1st 1916. It marks the start of the Battle of the Somme by the British.   Getting there and around The Somme Battlefields are just a 2-hour drive on the motorway from Eurotunnel Le Shuttle Calais Terminal. For more information, visit   www.somme-battlefields.com Book your journey

Getting around Paris

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Escape the tourists and travel like a local in Paris Along with London, New York and a few other global cities, Paris is a must-see destination regardless of your interests. Everybody is either desperate to visit or desperate to go back. But despite its enviable reputation as a hotspot for culture, shopping, architecture, nightlife and sport, the prospect of visiting a capital city can be daunting - especially if you don't speak the language or aren't used to getting around this urban area. Not only is Paris one of the most interesting and beautiful cities in the world - it's also one of the easiest to navigate. Getting around in Paris requires nothing more than a Paris Visite pass, this is a metro map which gives you an idea of where you want to go. Whether you're looking for high fashion in St-Germain, street culture in the Marais or an incredible view from Montmartre, the Paris public transport network will be your first port of call. Getting a ticket For people visiting Paris the best option is a Paris Visite pass, which is either available online or from train or Metro stations. These offer unlimited travel in either Zones 1-3 (central Paris and the inner suburbs) or Zones 1-5 (for those wishing to head further afield or travel to the airport). You can choose a pass valid for 1, 2, 3 or 5 days to suit your stay. If you're planning a longer and more travel-intensive trip, the Navigo card grants you unlimited travel for either a week or a month - prices start at approximately €20, plus €5 for the card itself, and you'll also need a passport-sized photograph Ways to travel in Paris Metro Like the London Underground, the Paris Metro network is formed of underground train lines that criss-cross the city. Unlike the London Underground, the Metro is fast, cheap and uncomplicated, making it the perfect option for savvy travellers. Composed of fourteen main lines and two small branch lines, the Paris Metro map is surprisingly easy to follow. Each line is simply numbered, and the direction of travel is described by the terminus towards which the train is travelling. Many of the stations are worth a visit in themselves - the Jules Verne-inspired Arts et Métiers, with its gleaming brass and rivets, is especially memorable. Bus There are fifty-eight bus lines operating in Paris, and with the recent introduction of new bus-only lanes on many of the city's busier roads it's a very convenient way to travel. Most bus services run from around 5:45am until 12:30am, with a few night buses covering the early morning. Generally speaking, it's best to be within walking distance of your hotel by midnight if you're relying on public transport. Taxi If you prefer a little privacy while getting around Paris, look no further. The city has more than 15,000 taxis, and with journeys costing around €1/km (depending on time of day) it's an inexpensive way to explore Paris. You can easily spot available taxis when the roof light is switched on and when travelling this light is then dimmed; go ahead and hail one, or ask the reception staff at your hotel to call a taxi firm if you prefer. If you're out and about and can't see a free car, the central taxi switchboard (+33 (0)1 45 30 30 30) is available 24 hours a day. RER If you're staying in an outlying district or fancy getting out of central Paris, the RER network runs larger trains deep into the suburbs. There are five lines named A to E, all of which connect up with the Metro once you're back in the centre. A, B and D all pass through the busy central station of Châtelet - Les Halles, which is a useful starting point if you're planning a Metro journey once you get to town. Vélib Paris is perfect for cycling, and the popular Vélib scheme means you don't have to worry about fitting bicycles onto your roofrack. Vélib, which inspired the similar cycle hire scheme in London, lets you pick up a sleek, unisex three-speed bike from one of hundreds of plug-in points, ride it to your destination and drop it off for the next rider. The first 30 minutes of each journey are free, but if you're planning on riding a lot then a one day pass is just €1.70 and a weekly pass is €8. Top Paris sights to visit by public transport Musée du Louvre Home to France's masterpieces, the Louvre is one of the most richly endowed museums on earth. You can fight through the crowds around the glass pyramid in the Cour Carrée - or travel by Metro and skip straight into the heart of the museum. Head to the Palais Royal Musé du Louvre stop (lines 1 and 7) and you'll see a passageway leading directly to the palace - no crowd-dodging necessary. Basilica Sacré-Coeur If you're feeling energetic, the hill leading to one of Paris' most memorable churches has more than 300 steps - it's the perfect way to justify a glass of beer or a cappuccino at the summit. Otherwise, hop on the Montmartre funicular railway to speed up to the Sacré-Coeur in under a minute, enjoying the view as you climb. Any Paris travelcard will cover your journey. Eiffel Tower, Pont de l'Alma, Place de la Concorde... If you fancy feeling like a real Parisian for an hour or so, catch the 42 bus towards Gare du Nord from the Eiffel Tower. It's a fraction of the cost of a tourist coach tour, and passes by many of Paris' most memorable sights. Keep an eye out for haute couture on Avenue Montaigne, the perfectly appointed Tuileries gardens and the gold statues atop the Opéra. The French Connection Paris is an incredibly well-connected city; but if having the flexibility to make your own plans is important to you, then the ease and accessibility of Eurotunnel Le Shuttle make it an ideal choice. It takes just 35 minutes to transport you and your car from Folkestone to Calais, which is less than three hours from Paris by car. Simply take the A16 autoroute, conveniently located less than two miles from the Eurotunnel terminal, and follow it all the way to the outskirts of Paris. On your way you'll pass through the idyllic Caps et Marais d'Opale natural park and the cathedral city of Amiens - there's plenty to see, don't forget that Paris is waiting for you! Book your journey

Second Home in France

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Your dream French property could be waiting for you... France is one of the most popular places for Britons to buy a second home. Not only because France is our closest continental neighbour, but also because of the culture and lifestyle the country has to offer. Whether your dream holiday home is a chic apartment in the city, a cosy cottage by the sea, or a rustic country lodge, France's diverse property market is bound to have just what you're looking for. With two decades of experience in building a happy relationship with both England and France, we have used our expert knowledge to bring you some of the highlights from the most popular French regions to help you buy a second home. Normandy With beautiful stretches of sandy beaches, hidden coves and a relaxed pace of life, if you're looking for an idyllic coastal retreat, look no further then Normandy. This area of Northern France is not only much more affordable than the South of France, you will also avoid the hordes of tourists and it's much safer. For this reason, Normandy is incredibly popular with French holidaymakers, and increasingly with Parisians. It is also a firm favourite with English tourists, which opens up great opportunities to rent your property out for holiday lettings in the months that you aren't there. Limousin If you're looking for a slice of genuine 'Old France' then you will instantly fall in love with this region. Remote, rural and dotted with charming stone houses, Limousin has a universal appeal with the English. This could have something to do with the lush green countryside, reminiscent of the landscape at home. The region is centred around Limoges, a charming city and the capital of this part of west-central France. Property in Limousin is generally fantastic value for money, and it is often counted amongst the top property investment destinations around the world. Aquitaine The picturesque rolling French countryside has set this region apart as a favourite amongst Britons. The Dordogne tends to be the most popular area and higher prices reflect the demand here. Neighbouring Lot-et-Garonne, however, is less well known, but just as beautiful, which means that you can get more for your money. Retaining its authentically French character, Lot-et-Garonne boasts quaint village houses set against a scenic country backdrop. This region of France is also home to the world famous wine region, Bordeaux. So if you fancy wine tasting, here is just the right place for you. The Cities If rural life doesn't appeal to you, there is sure to be a French city that will, whether you have romantic dreams of a Parisian apartment overlooking the Seine, fantasise about a place of your own in the gastronomic capital Lyon, or long for the glitz and glamour of cultural Marseille. Each with their own unique character, the cities of France have it all to experience and enjoy during your stay. Discover France All that's left is to explore France for yourself. So jump in your car and head over on the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. After all it only takes just 35 minutes to cross the Channel, so you will be on your way to finding your dream second home in no time! Book your journey

Remembering World War One

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In Flanders Fields, the poppies grow... Although there are many reasons to visit the picturesque north of France, one of this region’s most consistent attractions is unquestionably its deep association with both World Wars. You may well have visited the Normandy beaches made famous in Saving Private Ryan, or visited the iconic American cemetary in Colleville-sur-Mer - but this year in particular, it’s the perfect time to return to the battlefields of France and Belgium or discover them yourself. July 2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of the First World War. Whilst it’s not especially common to plan holidays around military anniversaries, the trenches, fortifications and monuments that define the Western Front have long attracted curious tourists and those wishing to pay their respects. This is truer than ever this year, with many WWI museums and memorials also playing host to spectacular and star-studded events. Whether or not you’re a military history buff, 2014 is the perfect year to explore the unique heritage of Flanders Fields. Must-see sites for new visitors Lochnagar Crater, La Boisselle One of the largest non-nuclear explosions of all time, the detonation of the Lochnagar Mine signalled the beginning of the Battle of the Somme and, as a by-product, created the largest wartime crater in the world. At some 91m across by 21m deep, the Lochnagar crater is now a striking memorial to the devastating battle that ranged around it in 1916. A remembrance ceremony is held each year on July 1st, but it’s well worth a visit whenever you travel - and thanks to the recent introduction of a sturdy walkway, it’s now perfectly safe in wet weather. Verdun memorial It’s hard to imagine the sheer scale of battles like the one at Verdun, which lasted for ten months and may have claimed as many as one million French and German lives. Since its construction in the 1970s, the Verdun memorial has become more of an educational centre than a monument or even a traditional museum. Featuring extensive displays of WWI medals, weapons and uniforms, fascinating period films and a wealth of other information on the battle and the war generally, it’s a perfect place to introduce your family to the astonishing true story of the Western Front. Menin Gate, Ypres Known to the thousands of British soldiers who marched through it as ‘Wipers’, the Belgian city of Ypres (NB: if you’re looking at a map, you may encounter the Dutch name Ieper) was a key location throughout the early years of the war. One of the most poignant memorials to the fallen is the colossal Menin Gate, which lists the names of fifty-four thousand soldiers of the Commonwealth who have no known grave. Each evening at 8pm, the local fire brigade halts traffic through the gate to perform the Last Post - a tradition that, apart from during the German occupation in WWII, has continued without exception since 1928. Centenary special events Hearing the War, March-November 2014, Historial de la Grande Guerre Housed in a castle in Péronne, just south of Arras, the famous Historial de la Grande Guerre museum is perhaps France’s best contribution to remembering WWI. The various collections will be extensively updated during each of the centenary years (2014-2018), and the new programme of events has already started with the moving ‘Sounds, Music and Silence in 14-18’ exhibition, available to visit until mid-November. Made up of hundreds of contemporary recordings of everything from popular songs to funeral marches, as well as the roaring guns, planes and artillery that marked WWI out as the first truly industrialised conflict, this is a uniquely evocative way to transport yourself back a century to the heart of the war. Angels of Mons spectacular, 23rd August 2014, Mons According to legend, the outnumbered British forces at the Battle of Mons were protected from the advancing German army by a force of phantom soldiers - some say they were angels, others the ghosts of British archers. Whatever really happened, the city of Mons is commemorating the famous rescue with a son-et-lumière spectacle in the main square, which will tell the story of the Angels through music, poetry, circus acts and more. Arrive early, or find a hotel with a good view of the Grand-Place! Aerial Centenary Somme, 12-14 September 2014, Amiens The first military aircraft in history were deployed over the Somme, and an airfield sited near the battle lines will host a three-day event dedicated to the first generation of combat pilots and their contribution to the war effort. The Amiens-Glisy aerodrome will feature fly-overs, original WWI planes on the ground, and lots of activities for children including the opportunity to build model planes and kites. Getting there and around: Most of the key battles of the First World War were fought in north-eastern France and Belgium, so there’s no better way to get to the battlefields than with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Calais was an important supply point for the British army fighting just a few miles away, and it’s still an ideal base for exploring the Western Front. Crossing from England to Calais takes just 35 minutes with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, so anything from a day-trip to a serious walking tour is easy to enjoy; you can follow the coast east to Dunkirk and the Belgian border, head down the E17 towards Reims or go anywhere in between. Since Calais has such a close association with the WWI battlegrounds, it’s also worth visiting the tourist office at 12 Boulevard Clemenceau to find out what’s being scheduled locally to commemorate the centenary. Book your journey

Top Skiing Destinations

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Drive straight to the slopes With mountain ranges such as the impressive Pyrenees, and the Alps, amongst many others stretching right across the continent, it's safe to say that Europe is home to some of the best skiing resorts in the world. Whether you're a beginner or a skiing pro, there's a skiing resort for every level. Not only that, but with just a 35-minute journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you'll be able to spend less time travelling and more time hitting the slopes. Ski resorts for beginners Zermatt, Switzerland Drive here in just over eight hours Zermatt is a German speaking area of the Swiss district of Visp, a beautiful area of snow-covered land towards the southern end of Matter Valley, and the highest ski resort in Switzerland. Despite its height above sea level, it offers the perfect terrain for beginners looking to learn how to ski and snowboard. The Randa and Täsch ski lifts will take you to smaller, less steep slopes that offer you the chance to practise your skiing technique before heading over to the more challenging hills. If you're skiing with your children, make your way to Sunnega's ‘Wolli's Park for Beginners', a safe and beautiful area for kids to learn. Wolli's three magic carpets, two rope tows and a variety of fun attractions will provide your family with some additional fun on holiday. After a tiring day on the snow, Zermatt offers a number of ways you can recuperate. If you're in need of a warm meal, then a great place to go is Adler-Hitta, a welcoming restaurant located 2,100 metres above sea level, in Sunnegga. Enjoy a whole host of regional classics, including a wood-fire roasted Mistkratzerli, a wonderfully tender and tasty young chicken. If your muscles are aching, and your body is in need of a little TLC, treat yourself to an afternoon at the Alpenhof-Hotel Spa. Offering a true, wooden cabin experience, Alpenhof-Hotel delivers a range of luxury spa treatments, including an outdoor jacuzzi where you'll soothe any aching muscles from your day on the slopes. Grainau, Germany Drive here in just over nine hours There are many areas of Grainau that offer ideal slopes for beginners and those who are looking to perfect their skiing style. The Hausberg area of the mountain range Zugspitze, offers the ‘Baby' lift, for children and less confident beginners, as well as the Kreuzwankl lift and the Adamswiesen lift. The slopes from these three lifts range in difficulty, but are great for those of you looking to develop your ski talent during your time in Germany. As well as the slopes, children can try their hand at sledding, an activity that is particularly good for smaller children. Once you've spent the majority of your day gliding down the icy slopes of Zugspitze, be sure to stop and enjoy a coffee at the Panorama 2962. This wonderful café offers captivating views of the Alpine peaks, Lake Eibsee and the surrounding snow-capped landscape. If you're looking for something to warm you up, then grab a cup of mulled wine at the Eibsee Alm, it's a great way to while away an evening in wintery Grainau.  As well as skiing, you'll have the chance to enjoy and be a part of Bavarian folkloric traditions, such as waltzes, brass bands and local musicians performing at the Kurkonzerte, a semi-open pavilion in the nearby park. Ski resorts for advanced skiers St. Anton, Austria Drive here in just over nine hours Whether you're an established skier or someone who is looking to develop their techniques, you'll find a skiing school in St. Anton that will help. Skischule Arlberg has been offering lessons since 1921 to skiers and snowboarders, who are looking to either learn the sport, or practise the skills they've already honed. If you're confident enough to hit the slopes solo, then the mountain range of Arlberg will truly test your ability. Enjoy speedy, long descents and tree runs through the Langen forest, or head to the Valluga Mountain where free riders can test themselves on steep and tricky descents. Maroikopf also offers a fun, long run throughout the larch forests of Langen, but if you're looking for a more challenging route, make your way to Verwalltal for difficult to manoeuvre, sharp, vertical drops. Once you've finished exploring the variety of slopes in Arlberg, drop by Hospiz Alm, in St. Christoph, for a delicious meal and glass of wine. This rustic restaurant is home to a large, and impressive, wine cellar, and offers a number of warming meals, including goulash soup, and Tiroler Grösh, an Austrian classic that is made up of fried bacon, eggs and potatoes, which are seasoned with paprika, parsley and chili powder. Val di Fassa, Italy Drive here in just over 11-hours Another ski resort that is perfect for advanced skiers is Val di Fassa in Italy. The Col Rodella, which can be reached from Campitella di Fassa, offers confident skiers the opportunity to be a part of a self-timed race run; a great descent for those of you who are adrenaline junkies. If you're looking explore the fantastic Italian landscape by ski, then be sure to hit the slopes of Paolina, where you'll get to take in breathtaking views of the Catinaccio mountain chain, and the Latemar Mountains. If your kids are in the mood for some entertainment, take them to Chalet Cima Llomo, a children's fun park in the snow, which is jam-packed with exciting apparatus and games that your kids are bound to love. This park also offers you a chance to familiarise your little ones with the snow and skiing gear. After rushing down the slopes, racing against your personal best, and playing in the snow with your kids, you'll probably be in need of some R&R. To relax any aching joints and over-worked muscles, make your way to Eghes Wellnes Center for a revitalising shower, that'll ease any pain you might have. Or, if you just want to look your best for an evening out in Val di Fassa, unwind with a variety of luxury beauty treatments at the Medil Spa Centre. Getting there and around After just a 35-minute journey with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle, you’ll be able to enjoy a scenic drive to your destination of choice. To get to Zermatt, simply continue driving along the A16 from Rue du Four à Chaux, continue onto the A26 towards Saint-Lothain, and then take the N5 towards the snow coated slopes of Randa. If you decide Grainau is the ideal skiing destination for you just continue to drive on the A16 from Rue du Four à Chaux, and take the A26 towards Fernpassstr (B179) in Füssen. Follow the B179 to your final destination, Alpspitzstrasse in Grainau. To get to St. Anton, continue to drive on the A16 from Rue du Four à Chaux, and take the A26 towards Vorarlberg, Austria. Take the exit at Langen, and follow the B197 to Postpl, St. Anton. For the longest journey of the four destinations chosen, be sure to take plenty of breaks along this scenic route. A great way to break up the 11-hour drive is by stopping by at Strasbourg to enjoy the culture, food and beautiful landscape of this fascinating city. To get to Val di Fassa, you must drive along the A16 from Rue du Four à Chaux, and then take the A26 towards B179, in Füssen. Drive on to the A12 in Austria and continue along the E45 and SS12 to Italy, before taking the exit at Bolzano Nord-Bozen Nord. After that, simply follow the SS241 road to Val di Fassa. Book your journey

Learning French on Holiday

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Discover how to improve your French on holiday with these top tips Would you like to improve your French? If you're not a linguistic genius you're probably keen to pick up some French phrases while on holiday so you can travel around hassle-free and immerse yourself in the culture. But if the idea of trawling through a phrase book or relying on a language mobile app fills you with dread, don't worry. There are plenty of alternative ways to swat up on the local lingo. Here are our top 7 tips for learning French while on holiday… 1) Head to local markets You can pick up some delicious fresh bread, or should I say pain, and learn the French words for different foods. Look at the product names and signs and ask for a quantity or weight of something. Next time you're going to a market you can write your shopping list in French to reinforce those words in your memory. That way, when it comes to ordering your evening meal from the French menu, the words with roll off your tongue and your pronunciation will be spot on. Local flea markets, or brocantes, are perfect places to learn French as the stall holders are used to chatting with customers about the age, make and history of products and haggling prices. One of the best ways to learn a language is to interact with a fluent speaker. So don't be shy, making mistakes is all part of the learning process. Make sure you ask someone to correct you if you slip-up so you can keep improving. 2) Take a tour without an audio guide If you think you have some basic phrases down and really want to extend your vocabulary past small-talk then choosing not to have an English audio guide could be just the ticket. Combine your visit to a museum or gallery with some self-taught French by browsing the displays and reading the French signs as well as the translations. You'll quickly pick up some impressive phrases. Plus, reading French in an unfamiliar setting will help keep the information fresh in your memory. 3) Chat to the locals To learn a language quickly, take every opportunity to practise your French with a native speaker – whether that's chatting to the receptionist about hotel facilities or asking a local for directions. If you hear a new phrase, ask them to explain and try repeating it to yourself. Cafes, bars and restaurants are great places for learning French while on holiday. Keep your ears open and you'll pick up phrases from overheard conversations and get plenty of opportunity to practise speaking French when ordering or asking the waiter for recommendations. Head to the nearest tourist information centre and ask, in French, what's on and for recommendations of places to visit. Someone working in tourist information is likely to speak English too so they can correct you or explain if you don't understand. 4) Tune into French radio Tune into a French radio station (including internet stations) to listen to French classics from greats such as Edith Piaf and you'll be pronouncing your words perfectly in no time. Or, let the French news readers show you how it's done. From rock music to classical there's plenty of choice. Who knows, you might even find yourself singing along. 5) Sing in French While we're on the subject of music, how about learning some French songs? You can get the whole family involved by teaching the kids French versions of famous songs. Coming up to Christmas, popular choices include Douce Nuit (the French version of Silent Night), or Vive le Vent (Jingle Bells). As the melody will already be familiar you can concentrate on your pronunciation and the meaning of the words. You'll find plenty of French Christmas carols here. 6) Watch French films and TV programmes Watch French films with English subtitles to follow the plot and learn the lingo at the same time. You'll subconsciously pick up on key words and phrases and it will help you memorise the correct enunciation. Switch the TV to a French channel and turn on the subtitles so you can reference anything you don't understand. With practice, you could soon progress to following a French film or programme without the need for subtitles! 7) Choose a French language holiday If self-teaching using books, recordings or any of the above aren't right for you then sign up for a French language holiday where the interaction and guidance may help you learn even quicker. These are fully-immersive experiences which will help you get a deep understanding of the French way of life and culture. You'll also pick up local expressions and sayings, giving you the confidence to chat with French speakers in any situation. Find a residential French course in your favourite destination in France or Belgium and your accommodation and food will usually be included in the cost of the course. You'll discover life off the tourist trail by visiting local markets, vineyards, speaking to locals and chatting with the group and your tutor over leisurely lunches. The family-friendly French Language Holidays in Saint Raphaël, in the south of France, welcomes parents and children of all ages. They offer intense language courses (including those for children aged 4-12 or 13-17) and you can stay with a host family for complete immersion. Not got much time to spare? The Alliance française promotes French language and culture around the world and you can join day courses (or longer) at its centre in Paris and locations throughout France. More details and a course calendar are available on their website. Parlez-vous français? "Oui!" Getting there It's a short 35 minute crossing from Folkestone to Calais, France with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. From Calais, it's less than 3 hours' drive to the French-speaking region of Belgium. Book your journey

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