Adinkirk Belgium Booze Cruise
Just got back from a Belgium Booze Cruise to Adinkirk. Wooo what a trip. Booked it through Five Star Travel of Liverpool. Joined the coach at Knutsford Services. Apparently they pick up in Merseyside and all points South along the M6 and M1 ... was a bit of a tiring journey as we traveled through the night to catch the 4am ferry to Calais. We ended up in Adinkirk around 7.30am local time and the shops opened 8am.
I'll tell you what, the prices in Belgium are less than half, some even 2 thirds cheaper than the UK. Shows you how much we get ripped off here at home.
Anyways, goodies bought, cigs, baccy, spirits and Belgian chocs .. We set off back to Calais and ended up making another stop at a place called Pidou for more bargain beers, wines and spirits, plus you can get cheeses here and some other french goodies. What a great trip so far
Ferry back to Dover, stopped by unruly Customs officers, who give you the 3rd degree, but so long as you buy 1 brand and are not re-selling then they are pretty cool and are only doing their job I guess. Just a pity they think you are guilty of being a drug / booze runner / smuggler before they speak to you
Anyway, the coach drivers, gary and Kevin were great and got us home in super quick time. all in all about an 18 hour round trip for £60
Me and my partner thought it was great and we are already saving up for out next trip. The guys at Five Star Travel liverpool go twice a month according to their website. Once ever 3 months should be enough for us as we got enough fags and booze to last us, although the cheese didn't last that long, maybe a trip to Sainsburys inbetween trips is the answer ?
- Beer Tasting
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
Cycling In No-man's Land
On my September Monday afternoon wander I noticed quite a few recreational cyclists and the area looks ideal for doing so. As you can see from the pic the cycle path is well marked and well separated from the road traffic. Next time I'll ask at the Bar/Tabac about cycle hire.
Update March 2011
Still not sure about cycle hire - the only cycle shop I found was closed on Mondays but it seems that there's plenty of cycle paths around and there's a useful signpost (with map) on the little square by the church (pics 2 and 3).
Adinkerke Military Cemeteries
On a more sombre note to the rest of my tips on this page.
During WW1 some of the most horrific battles took place in Flanders, particulary Ypres and Passchendale, and a couple of casualty clearing stations were established at Oosthoek, just outside Adinkerke.
There are two military cemeteries - one just off the road between Adinkerke and De Panne and the other behind the Sint Audomarus churchyard.
Here's the respective websites:
In Memoriam (Easter 1915) by Edward Thomas
The flowers left thick at nightfall in the wood
This Eastertide call into mind the men,
Now far from home, who, with their sweethearts, should
Have gathered them and will do never again.
- Historical Travel
Plopsaland - A Family Day Out
This is a family fun park official tagged as in De Panne but is in fact in the no-man's land between Adinkerke and De Panne. This is a Disney-style attraction with rides and bits and pieces designed for kids of all ages and the physical and web sites both look quite attractive.
As well as the rides there's a little animal farm, plenty of family restaurants and shops. Couldn't find a bar anywhere though and so perhaps I'll give this one a miss!
Website has all the info in glorious technicolor.
- Theme Park Trips
Het Calmeynbos - Go For A Walk In The Woods
This is a large nature reserve between the two towns on what is one of the major stretches of Flemish sand dunes, the Westhoek Dunes. The area was planted by the agriculturist Maurice Calmeyn in 1903 and has been a designated protected landscape since 1935.
The reserve is criss-crossed with public footpaths but otherwise is left pretty much to nature and by all accounts maintains a rich biodiversity.
I didn't have time for more than a peek this visit but it certainly looks tranquil and would be an ideal place to stroll after a proper Belgian lunch at one of the nearby restaurants.
The Bowling Stones - Definitely A Bar Here!
This is another no-man's land place, once again officially in De Panne. I liked the name and yep it does look like there's a bar here but it was shut on the Monday that I was passing and so can't comment any further except to say here it is.
Website has the info:
- Beer Tasting
DAY TRIPS FROM THE UK
Most area’s of England do day trips [booze cruises] to France and Belgium.
I do not smoke and rarely drink so the trip for me is about the travel.
In Adinkerke there are many shops all selling the same products cheap tobacco and cigarettes as well as Belgium chocolates, these are delicious.
The British XV corps started Adinkerke military cemetery in 1917. As well as British soldiers buried here there are Australian, Canadian, German, Czechoslovakian, and Egyptian soldiers buried here.