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France and Channel Hopping Discussion

Hi all.

Just a little report on our holiday to France. First of all we set off on the 9th of June from our house in County Westmeath in Ireland to Rosslare which is in the southeast of the Country in County Wexford. It took us just over 2 hours to get there as the weather was brutal on the way. We got to Rosslare and drove up to the check in booth. We never even had to get out of the car which was fab. The woman checked us in and directed us to our lane. She never even looked at our passports once. We had paid the extra 10 euro for a speedy exit so we were put into the priorty lane. We were boarded very quickly which meant we were one of the 1st off on the other side. We went straight up to our cabin when we got out of our car. Our cabin was fantastic. It had 2 bunk beds a couch and another bed. We also had a cot in our room for our 1 year old. It also had a bathroom with a shower. All in all the cabin was very comfortable. We left Rosslare on time. The weather was brutal so I had a suspicion we were in for a rough crossing to France. I wasn't wrong. It was very rocky. Although not to the extent of the ferries years ago. We settled in and went to one of the many restaurants on board the ship. We chose the left bank buffet which was a bit handier for us as we had the 2 boys with us who want their dinner yesterday. The food was 1st class in there. Really good. I've seen reports on some sites and this one too that the food isn't great and expensive. Poppycock. I found it reasonable and good quality. After that we brought them for a play in the kidds play area. Its small but good enough for our 2. The kids entertainment was fab. They had a treasure hunt and a magician and a disco for them. They loved it. By the time all that was over it was time for bed. We had a drink or 2 in the bar before that. The bunks were very comfortable and we had a great sleep. We woke the next Morning nearly in Cherbourg. We had our breakfast and then it was time to drive off. I have to say that Irish Ferries were fantastic and their staff are really helpful. They can't do enough for you so 10 out of 10 for them. That is the 1st part of my report. I'll put more in later.

It was exactly an hour and a halfs drive to Chateau lez Eaux from Cherbourg. We had the Sat Nav with us which was really handy. The roads in France are excellent. Even if you don't have a sat nav you would find your way as the signs are really good. When we arrived at Lez Eaux we checked in very easily and someone escorted us to our chalet. The chalet was very nice. It had a microwave 2 ring gas cooker fridge and all the kitchen utensils you need. It also has a kettle style BBQ.(THINK THATS WHAT THEY ARE CALLED)There were 2 rooms. One double and the other had 2 singles in it. The problem we had is that our 1 year old still sleeps in a cot. There was a travel cot there for us but it wouldn't fit in the room so we had to turn 1 of the beds on its side to fit in.Small problem so it wasn't an issue at all. We settled in and then went to check out the pool in the afternoon. There are 2 pools on site. 1 outdoor and then you have the indoor pool with all the waterslides. The indoor pool is fantastic. The slides are really good and our 2 boys loved them. The only problem is that there is nowhere to change. The pool also closes during the afternoon between 12 and 3. I suppose it stays open longer during the high season.

There is also a shop on site which is small but functionable and also a bar which oddly enough only opens at 6 and closes at 9. Some nights it stayed open later when England were playing. But we all know that didn't last too long did it! The site itself is very small and is out in the middle of beautiful countryside. The only other problem I would have is that you need your car with you because you have to drive anywhere if you need to go places because of its location in the country. There are plenty of showers and stuff like that for anyone who is camping. Washing machines too with tumble dryers which are handy especially with our 2 boys.

We drove around to get our bearings and found a fab supermarket just a couple of mins up the road from us. Its called Intermarche and has everything you could possibly need for holidays. It was very cheap too which I was surprised with as I'd heard france was very expensive.

More to follow.....

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