Category Archives: French News Items
In the Montreuil area, there’s news of a new grocery market open daily at La Reserve, Campigneulles-Les-Petites. In addition to the grocery market, open mornings, Monday to Sunday, there’s an additional covered market open on Friday mornings where fish, meat, cheese, boulangerie and other stalls are promised.
Ticket price includes a complimentary glass of champagne at the bar of the Berck Casino (next door to the cinema) before the show
The exhibition, Fragments de Vies, by the award winning artist Chris, runs from September 25 to October 16. (See days and hours of opening on the poster below)
Frogsider readers are invited to the Vernissage on September 30 at 17h30
We’ve moved the Currency Converter to its own page. You’ll find a link in the Main Menu Bar at the top of every page, or you can click on the link in the Pages Menu in the sidebar on the left (might be at the bottom of the page if you’re viewing the page in portrait format on a mobile phone)
New ferry link puts Boulogne back in limelight
BOULOGNE’S new ferry link with Kent signals the town’s comeback after years in the shadow of Calais, according to the Euroferries Express company, who plan to operate between Ramsgate and the French port.
Per Staehr, Shareholder and Board Adviser said “We are pleased that we will be well placed to reactivate France/UK service utilising the recently commissioned Nova Star RoPax and further look forward to making additional announcements regarding the introduction to the Channel of our High Speed vessel plans.”
The President and CEO, Mark Amundsen of Nova Star Cruises Ltd welcomes the vessel deployment, for which there has been strong interest, and we are pleased to have reached agreement with Euroferries Express Ltd and look forward to working closely with them.
Civic chiefs in Boulogne expect an overdue renaissance of a town for centuries loved by the British but side-lined for nearly 10 years by massive investment in its northern rival.
The important day visitor as foot passenger, car user or the traditional coach visitors all now use Calais and head south to Boulogne. Coaches still make the trip but nowhere near as many as when there was a direct link and for foot passenger this destination has long gone.
The specialist shops and restaurants that are part of the charm of Boulogne and so attractive to Kentish visitors remain ready to receive this traditional visitor.
New shops will be opened in the terminal; the new 4km dual carriageway already links Gare Maritime with the national motorway to Paris and north Belgium.
The completion of the 9m Euro Port project makes the London-Dover-Boulogne-Paris journey quicker than going via Calais. In a few years’ time, the port redevelopment scheme with hotel, casino and shops is set to forge closer links between town centre and port.
The President of Boulogne Chamber expects 3.5 million passengers a year to use the new service and terminal.
“For Boulogne people, the link was psychological and economic. The announcement about the link, will have people of Boulogne smiling again.”
He accepts that some 80 per cent of passengers will be British. “Our challenge is to increase the number of French people going to Kent,” he said. He is keen to promote social and educational links between Boulogne and Kent, especially Ramsgate and Canterbury.
Boulogne has held a place in the affections of Kentish people for many years. While they may go to Calais and Cite Europe for Tesco and Auchan, the new terminal shops will be very convenient, and the Francophile with love of fine French cheeses, fine old architecture and character gravitate to Boulogne to experience the excellent selection of restaurants.
Boulogne’s new hub port
Massive re-development has taking place at the port of Boulogne, with a new ferry terminal now completed.
The ferry berth at the new terminal, named the Hub Port, is prepared for Euroferries Express NOVA STAR, due to use for the first time this autumn to Ramsgate with its commercial port adjacent to the Marina and Victorian seaside town; ready to meet demand for increased passenger and freight in the SE.
New facilities have been provided for British and French border controls, as well as all the other accommodation required in support of a modern port terminal.
We seem to have heard all this before – on several occasions, and we understand that the Port of Ramsgate authorities have yet to approve the plans. However, the willingness of Boulogne to invest in the much needed improvements to the ferry terminal infrastructure and facilities is encouraging. Let’s hope it happens this time.
It seems the good weather has come along in the nick of time for an outdoor art exhibition about which Frogsiders has just received brief details.
There is a wonderful exhibition starting Monday at the Marais in Madelaine-sous-Montreuil – it is a beautiful location with streams, lakes and trees – and over 30 artists have installed various sculptures on the paths, hiding in the gardens and even hanging from the trees.
It is open from Monday 23 July to Sunday 5th August, from 3pm to 7pm each day. Entrance is free but the organisers do appreciate a 1€ donation per person (or you can join their association for 5€, and I assume be kept informed of future events).
Madelaine-sous-Montreuil is just below Montreuil-sur-Mer and boasts the Michelin-starred La Grenouillere restaurant. The exhibition is a bit tricky to find – but you will notice A4 size posters and arrows on all the lampposts once you approach the village. You have to park and walk along a path to the marais entrance.
And yes, of course, Nik has a piece in there!
In case you’re wondering about the “Nik”, mentioned in the last sentence, he is Nik Meergans, a talented British sculptor and ceramic artist living and working in the 7 Valleys Region, whose work Frogsiders has featured with enthusiasm, in a previous article.
The marais at La Madelaine Sous Montreuil is a very pretty area close to the banks of the River Canche, ideal for a walk or a cycle ride on a warm summer day. It is also the location of the famous Restaurant “La Grenouillere”, so you might want to consider treating yourselves to a very special day out.
The restaurants around the Place Dalton in Boulogne are putting on a Festival of “Welsh”. It’s a mystery how this dish has become a local speciality in this part of France, but it’s true that if you’re stuck for choice in a brasserie or cafe, you can always go for a Welsh and you’ll rarely be disappointed.
The British owners of the superb modern chateau-style “White House” at Conchil Le Temple are preparing to sell in order to retire to another part of France. They have recently announced a price reduction from €769,000 to €720,000 (around £600,000)
The house, which sits in its own 2.5 acre wooded grounds, has 6-8 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 2 shower rooms, as well as a Grand Salon of 80 sq.m., a large formal dining room, a smaller private dining room, a library, a study/office, a gym, laundry room, wine cellar, and an integral garage for up to 6 cars!
The former staff apartment, in part of the west wing of the White House, is currently being used as an independent one-bedroom holiday apartment, to provide the present owners with an annual income of over 10,000 euros, but these rooms could be used equally well as a granny flat, self contained student accommodation, or even as professional office/consulting room space.
Only ten minutes from the fabulous beaches at Berck and Fort Mahon, the White House is also conveniently situated for travel to London, Paris and Brussels . It can be reached by car in less than one hour from the Channel Tunnel, and less than two hours from Paris Charles De Gaulle airport.
More detailed information can be found on the White House website
If you have any old French banknotes, denominated in Francs, lying around or tucked under your mattress, you have only 5 days to convert them into euros. Until the end of this week the superseded notes, including those with portraits of Pierre and Marie Curie (500 francs), Gustave Eiffel (200 francs), Cezanne (100 francs), Saint-Exupéry (50 francs) and Debussy (20 francs) can be exchanged at branches of the Banque de France for their equivalent values in euros (ranging from 3 euros up to around 75 euros)
After this week they will be worthless except as collector’s pieces, in which form only those with very low serial numbers or printing defects can be expected to be worth anything like their original face value.
The Banque de France says that at the end of 2010 there were still 50 million of these banknotes, with a total exchange value of 602 million euros, still unnaccounted for. Since each old banknote represents a debt owed by France to the holder, the overall national debt of France will be reduced after Friday by the total value of any that remain unexchanged.
Unfortunately, while 600 million used to be considered quite a lot of money, it’s now no more than loose change compared with the nation’s total debt.
Frogsiders advice: Look under the bed, in the sock drawer, and in all the pockets of your old clothes. You might find the missing 600 million!
Frogsiders has received news from DFDS, the owners of the successful and popular former Norfolk Line ferry service, that they are to start a new Dover-Calais Ferry Service in association with LD Lines, starting on February 17, 2012 .
We are delighted to announce that a DFDS Seaways and LD Lines joint initiative will launch a new Dover-Calais ferry service, starting 17 February this year.
Together with our thriving Dover-Dunkirk operation and now, LD Lines’ Newhaven-Dieppe and Portsmouth-Le Havre routes, we are able to offer an unrivaled choice of ferry routes to France.
We look forward to welcoming you onboard during 2012!
To celebrate the launch of our Dover-Calais route, we have released another fantastic special offer.
LOW SEASON – Car plus 4, £29 each way
HIGH SEASON – Car plus 4, £39 each way