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

In the queue for the ferry at 7:50am

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

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

Under the lifeboats

DH and The Boy Phil are armed with trolleys

In the Auchan hypermarché at Coquelles

DH scopes out pate

DH looks at cheese

Paul, Phil, Alan and DH at the checkout

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

Nosher in a hat

Alan and Paul at a bar somewhere

The Boy Phil and DH have some crazy-strong Leffe

Claire and Alan

The Boy Phil

Phil looks at beer

Paul, Alan and Claire look for possible wedding wine

DH looks at wine

Phil and DH on the front at Wimmereaux

Alan and Claire

A pile of rocks

The seafront at Wimmereaux

On the promenade

We head off for a walk along the prom

Phil and DH scope out the beach

Souvenir and beach tat on the prom

Walking in Wimmereaux

Claire and Paul pass a very green house

Phil and DH stride up a track towards the Battery Todt

We look for a way in

Someone peers out of a peep-hole

DH in a pill box

DH comes out of the pill box

We find the way in to the main gun emplacement

There's a lot of graffiti inside

An old light or lightswitch

Some WW2 graffiti

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

The Nazi eagle

A caricature of Winston Churchill

Another cartoon of a two-faced Churchill

Nazi crosses and the swastika

DH pokes around in the concrete outside

The Boy Phil and DH look out towards England

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

The brutalist concrete of the Battery Todt

DH roams about

Former home of a 12' gun, aimed at Kent

Wartime graffiti

We leave the gun emplacement

Another look at the concrete

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

The roadside picnic

Back at the ferry terminal

A view of the ferry

The massive pier at Calais

The stern of the ferry

The Boy Phil looks like he's about to hurl

Nosher and the arse-shaped chin

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In the queue for the ferry at 7:50am