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La Reserve ~ A New Daily Grocery Market

 

 

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.13620729_311070479237123_2869723838002569339_n

 

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New Ferry Service To Boulogne? Euroferries Express Says Yes!

Nova Star ._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.

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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.

 

 

“Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes” ~ les 18, 19 et 20 octobre 2013

John Hutton in La Grange Blanche with 'Flight'

Don’t forget this is the weekend when artists in the Pas De Calais open their studio doors to the public.

Among those artists, John Hutton, based at Neuville near Montreuil, will be most happy to welcome you.  John’s  large painting “Flight”, seen in the photo above, encapsulates one of the heroic scale works made in his studio, La Grange Blanche within a ten year period. The majority of work exhibited in this show has been shown in France and abroad.

Opening times on 18/ 19/ 20/ October at La Grange Blanche are 14.00 hrs to 18.00hrs.

La Grange Blanche
43 rue de Montreuil
Neuville sous Montreuil 62170

If you are interested in contemporary works then you are welcome to visit.

For more information on the “Portes Ouvertes des Ateliers d’Artistes” event, with list and locations of all participating artists and studios, click on this link to visit the POAA Nord website.

Restaurant for December 31 ~ any suggestions?

A reader of one of our other blogs has contacted us to ask for some help with a New Years Eve problem.

“My wife and I are staying in Montreuil-sur-mer from Saturday 29th December to New Year’s Day. We’ve been trying to find somewhere to eat and see the New Year in in Montreuil or Le Touquet without having to tuck into a 5 course dinner at a gastronomic price. Do you know any brasseries or small eateries that might suit us? Merci bien pour votre assistance.”

Can any Frogsider reader suggest a place where our visiting reader might find a good meal at a reasonable price?

Please get in touch via our Frogsiders Contact Page

More Than Just A Christmas Craft Market

The Christmas Craft Market that Frogsiders prefers is the one that’s held each year in Montreuil at 119 rue Pierre Ledent. This year it will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 1 & 2 December.

First, it’s held in the indoor comfort of a magnificent house with vast rooms. Second, the quality of the craft items on show is first class, and they are all genuinely the product of local craftspeople (unlike some of the stuff at other Christmas Markets). And, finally, it is as much a meeting place as a shopping expedition. You will meet people you know (or would like to know) there, some you may not have seen since last December’s event.

For both shopping and social reasons Frogsiders says “Do Not Miss It!”

The Good Moules Frites Guide!

Hotel Restaurant "Aux Trois Jean" at Le Crotoy

This year seems to be a good one for moules (mussels).  Moules Frites is, of course one of the favourite dishes of Northern France, but, like wine, the shellfish ingredient  can vary from year to year.  2012 seems to be a vintage year for plump, moist, tender and tasty moules.

Currently our favourite place to eat this traditional dish is Le Crotoy, a fishing port on the Baie de la Somme, the estuary of the River Somme.  You will find Moules served here in pretty much every eating place from the humblest cafe to the poshest white-linen restaurant.

Frogsiders can recommend, in particular, two places in Le Crotoy where we are confident you will enjoy your dish of mussels served, bien sûr, with chips.

Le Cafe des Canotiers

14 Quai Courbet – 80550 Le Crotoy – Tél : +33 3 22 27 80 56

Our verdict:  Excellent moules.  Good thick chips.  Pleasant service.  Not the most picturesque situation unless you eat outdoors with a view of the quay and harbour.

Recommendation:  Try the house speciality, Moules “Les Canotiers” in which cream and home-made fish soup are added to the cooking liqour.

Hotel Restaurant “Aux Trois Jean”

Digue Jules Noiret – 80550 Le Crotoy – Tél : +33 3 22 27 16 17

View from the "Trois Jean" terrasse

Our verdict:  Top A1 quality moules.  Fabulous, really brilliant chips!  A big restaurant that can get very crowded, so best avoid the busiest times.  Eat before the rush, is our tip.  Service is friendly but can be a bit brusque at busy times.  Inside, the chairs and tables are packed close together, so eat out on the terrace if it’s a nice day.  The view over the beach and the bay, with its big tides, boats and changing scenery, is attractive and interesting.

Recommendation:  Try the chef’s own “Moules 3 Jean” which has cream, mushrooms and lardons added to coat the lovely shellfish.  Messy to eat, but worth it!  You can follow up with the “Coupe 3 Jean” dessert which sounded great to us, but just a bit too big for what was left of our appetites!

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