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    Default Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    Just arrived in Calais and there is a fun fair across from the marina with continual loud thumping music and screams from people on the rides. Not sure what time it will finish tonight.

    If you are looking for a quiet marina, you might want to give Calais a miss for a few days.

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    If not, I can recommend the dodgems!

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    Do they still use live rounds in the shooting-galleries? They did in the last French fair we went to, maybe Calais or Boulogne.
    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    Apparently, fun fair is on until the 18th Aug.

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by johnalison View Post
    Do they still use live rounds in the shooting-galleries? They did in the last French fair we went to, maybe Calais or Boulogne.
    The last time I was there when it was on, they had salt rounds fired out of a pump action shotgun. Hard to imagine that over here.

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    Is Calais worth visiting these days anyway , I always it was the frog equivalent of Brightlingsea - dire ...

    Maybe it just me .

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by nigelm View Post
    Is Calais worth visiting these days anyway , I always it was the frog equivalent of Brightlingsea - dire ...

    Maybe it just me .
    I really like Calais. Lovely beach and lots of great places to eat. Ok, the architecture isn't too hot, but there's a reason for that. Everything else is great.

    But don't go when the fair is on.

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    You can always go to the fair...
    Life is too short to drink bad wine.

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk View Post
    You can always go to the fair...
    French funfairs are great, at least, they were. The one in Calais was the undoing of our club cruise in '78. Two boats including us left for Boulogne and Honfleur, leaving the other seven in Calais, because they wanted another day at the fair. The following day the weather changed. Were were stuck in Boulogne for nearly a week and the rest never made it past Cap Gris Nez.

    Our daughter on the dodgems in Boulogne 1981:

    Far away is near at hand in images of elsewhere

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    Default Re: Avoid Calais if you want peace and quiet

    Quote Originally Posted by nigelm View Post
    Is Calais worth visiting these days anyway , I always it was the frog equivalent of Brightlingsea - dire ...

    Maybe it just me .
    l

    What's wrong with Brightlingsea? Great fish and chips, French Marine, great chandlery, very helpful harbour master.

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