Thursday 29 March 2007 11.33am
It was great. I was the only one at the Elephant pickup and only 15 of us on the coach altogether. I've done a deal: If you can travel on a Wednesday before the end of May, quote SE1Direct and the fare is £20 (instead of £25).
Any problems, contact the manager and usual driver, Jim, on 07712 454491. He and his assistant, Tina, are pretty flexible about where they go depending on what shopping passengers are looking to do. We went straight to Belgium, to Saint Flora chateau http://www.saintflora.com/
for cigarettes and a free drink, then to āTobacco Roadā in Adinkerke for petrol and some visited the English pub there. Then back to France to a beer warehouse with a limited selection of wine. Then back to the ferry and we were back home shortly after 8pm. They dropped me off in Kennington, so it's worth checking about other pickup points, e.g. Lewisham, en route. Some folk apparently like to go shopping at Cite Europe http://en.citeeurope.com/
so they can get dropped off there and collected later after the coach has been to Belgium, but Tina reckons that prices are cheaper at Auchan and they go to the one at Dunkerque http://www.auchan.fr/contact/contactus/1/frontiere_anglaise.asp
. If you want, Tina will get your cigarettes for you in Belgium if you want to stay in France for shopping. In summer they apparently go to the seaside at De Panne, near Adinkerke, for lunch. Oh, I was looking for a blue coach but yesterday's was white, so pay attention!