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09-3-2018 6:02 pm  #1


PIDOU PRICES UP

Was contemplating a trip soon , but then checked wine prices at pidou, they all gone up and very few offers available.

No price increase showing at real tabac though.................yet


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09-3-2018 9:27 pm  #2


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Dunno about the wine coz I don't drink it Warrior but Turner Tobacco is up 40p a pouch from when we went across last month 


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09-3-2018 9:41 pm  #3


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timed it right then.


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10-3-2018 7:38 am  #4


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Oh yeah, would've cost me another £96 if we had gone now  It was worth the "brokeback mountain" comment that your other half made.....although I am still mentally scarred...............honest 


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28-3-2018 2:33 pm  #5


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well pidou had an offer of 1.35 euro to the £ on till 1st april if paying in sterling, so took advantage to stock up on wine ready for the summer touring.

The week before they had increased all their prices, so wasnt going to bother, but with the exchange rate being offered, it mad it slightly cheaper than our previous trip.

Travelled from Hull, the ship was very quiet and didnt really notice many people just travelling for excise goods, more were people who seemed to be going away for easter probably.

I sat in the bar for a hour or 2 ,and hardly saw any smokers outside.

Travelled down to dunkirke pidou for our wine and beers, before i left home i actually bought a bottle of Gin from tesco to drink on the boat as its no cheaper abroad, £16 in tesco , anyway in pidou i saw the same Gin   2 bottles for £22, so added them to my order, but when they scanned them i was only charged £19 for 2 bottles, so went back and got 2 more .

Had a bit of time to spare as we didnt need to go into calais this time for wine,we got everything from pidou in dunkirke,so went into diskmunde , the museum there is around 12 euros to go in, but the exit gate had been left open, so would have been rude not to go in. 

Then called to visit 'the trench of death' but as we were early it was full of schoolchildren out on a school trip so just stopped outside to kill a bit of time.

Back up to zebrugge port just in time for check in and loading to start so only waited 10 mins before being on the ship.

Again the ship was very quiet,probably more so than the outward crossing.

Food in the kitchen was quite good again as was breakfast.

landed in hull on time and unloading was quick, upto pcp, a few bf about en route who seemed to be directing traffic, only 2 booths open but processing cars efficiently and quick, few of the usual questions at pcp, and again a pleasant ukbf waved us on our way without any further delay. 
Thats prob our last trip until october now from Hull, may need to stock up again but will have to used Dover next time unfortunatly, what a difference in attitudes of ukbf from up north to south, if i could afford it i would choose Hull every time.


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29-3-2018 11:16 am  #6


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We went out the day after Warrior on the Pride of York. 

It's been over 2 years since we last used this route and what a pleasant surprise! I don't know if all cabins have proper mattresses now instead of that quilty thing but ours did. Made for a reasonably comfortable bed as opposed to sleeping on a board.

We only use the Kitchen resto on the way back. There was a better selection of food than I have seen in years. There were prawns, a seafood platter, mussels, smoked salmon, rollmops, mackerel and more. All sorts of salad, several different types of cold meat and dressings. For the main meal, 3 or 4 different curries, noodles and rice. The usual sausage and burgers but only a poor beef joint for meat although there was chicken legs, ribs, Piri-Piri, cod in sauce and more with various potatoes, chips etc. A selection of desserts etc. The only thing that let it down was the main meal selection was barely warm.

Even the staff were more pleasant than I have noticed on previous trips. As I said , a pleasant surprise overall. But as warrior said, the boat was quiet. I counted about 20 vehicles for loading and this is the last week of the cheap minicruises.

No hassle with customs although plenty were on hand. The new road into Zeebrugge caused me a headache! Followed the Garmin and it took me into port industrial area to the east of the ferryport. Even following the signs to car ferry didn't help. Eventually found the coast road up to Blankenberg where we picked up the port road. Initially we saw a sign to Zeebrugge which is on a slip road, no advance warning, but the Garmin was sending us a different way.

The weather was poor, probably why we did not see a single migrant. Adinkerke quiet as usual these days.

Only other gripe was some old bag in the restaurant who commented to her bloke '' you'd think people could make an effort to dress up for dinner''. Well since I was closest I assume the comment was about me. Well I did make an effort, I put on a clean T-shirt  Maybe she thought she was dining with the queen. Too many people out there minding what others are doing 'cos they got no effing life of their own. Bet she didn't stand back though when filling her plate.

For now......


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