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A Day Trip to Calais and the Battery Todt, Calais and Cap Gris Nez, France - 11th August 2004

Realising that it was time to stock up on cheese, "big Al" sorts out a day-trip to Calais. DH and Phil pile in with Nosher; Claire and Paul go with Al. There's around eight hours in France: enough time for a trip to L'Hypermarché, Le Wine et Beer Warehouse, Wimmereax (along the coast towards Bolougne) and an old German gun emplacement - part of the Batterie Todt - on Cap Gris Nez (probably the Grosser Kurfürst Battery). It's a very strange experience creeping around in the almost-total dark, seeing wartime graffiti with caricatures of Churchill and Nazi slogans on the walls, picked out by the light of a small Maglite torch.

next album: A BSCC Splinter Group Camping Trip, Shottisham, Suffolk - 13th August 2004
previous album: Cowes Weekend, Cowes, Isle of Wight - 7th August 2004

2004 In the queue for the ferry at 7:50am

In the queue for the ferry at 7:50am

2004 Claire and Alan do the whole 'fry up' breakfast thing

Claire and Alan do the whole 'fry up' breakfast thing

2004 Claire roams around as everyone else peers over the side of the ferry

Claire roams around as everyone else peers over the side of the ferry

2004 Under the lifeboats

Under the lifeboats

2004 DH and The Boy Phil are armed with trolleys

DH and The Boy Phil are armed with trolleys

2004 In the Auchan hypermarché at Coquelles

In the Auchan hypermarché at Coquelles

2004 DH scopes out pate

DH scopes out pate

2004 DH looks at cheese

DH looks at cheese

2004 Paul, Phil, Alan and DH at the checkout

Paul, Phil, Alan and DH at the checkout

2004 We eat a baguette-and-cheese picnic out of the boot

We eat a baguette-and-cheese picnic out of the boot

2004 Nosher in a hat

Nosher in a hat

2004 Alan and Paul at a bar somewhere

Alan and Paul at a bar somewhere

2004 The Boy Phil and DH have some crazy-strong Leffe

The Boy Phil and DH have some crazy-strong Leffe

2004 Claire and Alan

Claire and Alan

2004 The Boy Phil

The Boy Phil

2004 Phil looks at beer

Phil looks at beer

2004 Paul, Alan and Claire look for possible wedding wine

Paul, Alan and Claire look for possible wedding wine

2004 DH looks at wine

DH looks at wine

2004 Phil and DH on the front at Wimmereaux

Phil and DH on the front at Wimmereaux

2004 Alan and Claire

Alan and Claire

2004 A pile of rocks

A pile of rocks

2004 The seafront at Wimmereaux

The seafront at Wimmereaux

2004 On the promenade

On the promenade

2004 We head off for a walk along the prom

We head off for a walk along the prom

2004 Phil and DH scope out the beach

Phil and DH scope out the beach

2004 Souvenir and beach tat on the prom

Souvenir and beach tat on the prom

2004 Walking in Wimmereaux

Walking in Wimmereaux

2004 Claire and Paul pass a very green house

Claire and Paul pass a very green house

2004 Phil and DH stride up a track towards the Battery Todt

Phil and DH stride up a track towards the Battery Todt

2004 We look for a way in

We look for a way in

2004 Someone peers out of a peep-hole

Someone peers out of a peep-hole

2004 DH in a pill box

DH in a pill box

2004 DH comes out of the pill box

DH comes out of the pill box

2004 We find the way in to the main gun emplacement

We find the way in to the main gun emplacement

2004 There's a lot of graffiti inside

There's a lot of graffiti inside

2004 An old light or lightswitch

An old light or lightswitch

2004 Some WW2 graffiti

Some WW2 graffiti

2004 A Nazi flag, dive bombers and 'against England' on the wall

A Nazi flag, dive bombers and 'against England' on the wall

2004 The Nazi eagle

The Nazi eagle

2004 A caricature of Winston Churchill

A caricature of Winston Churchill

2004 Another cartoon of a two-faced Churchill

Another cartoon of a two-faced Churchill

2004 Nazi crosses and the swastika

Nazi crosses and the swastika

2004 DH pokes around in the concrete outside

DH pokes around in the concrete outside

2004 The Boy Phil and DH look out towards England

The Boy Phil and DH look out towards England

2004 We stand under where the massive 12' gun barrels would have been

We stand under where the massive 12' gun barrels would have been

2004 The brutalist concrete of the Battery Todt

The brutalist concrete of the Battery Todt

2004 DH roams about

DH roams about

2004 Former home of a 12' gun, aimed at Kent

Former home of a 12' gun, aimed at Kent

2004 Wartime graffiti

Wartime graffiti

2004 We leave the gun emplacement

We leave the gun emplacement

2004 Another look at the concrete

Another look at the concrete

2004 It's time for a picnic, featuring ham and cheese

It's time for a picnic, featuring ham and cheese

2004 The roadside picnic

The roadside picnic

2004 Back at the ferry terminal

Back at the ferry terminal

2004 A view of the ferry

A view of the ferry

2004 The massive pier at Calais

The massive pier at Calais

2004 The stern of the ferry

The stern of the ferry

2004 The Boy Phil looks like he's about to hurl

The Boy Phil looks like he's about to hurl

2004 Nosher and the arse-shaped chin

Nosher and the arse-shaped chin

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In the queue for the ferry at 7:50am

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