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  • Biggest savings ever on Wine in France

    More people from Britain are going to France to stock up on wine and other drinks, as the savings are now greater than they have ever been.

    This is due to a potent mix of rising liquor duties in the UK and a weakening euro giving better exchange rates. According to a recent report in the Daily Telegraph, it’s a combination that has ushered in the “new age of the booze cruise”.

    The newspaper also points out that tax on wine is an astonishing eight times higher in Britain than in France, and the gap has widened over the past few years.

    There are no limits on the quantity you bring in as long as you don’t intend to sell the wine and no import tax is due on alcohol brought in from France, providing it is for personal use, which includes large purchases for weddings, events and parties. With savings of around £4 on an average priced quality wine and £12.50 on a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, there’s plenty to celebrate.

    Don’t forget that you can book ferry and Eurostar crossings on our travel pages – and why not make your booze cruise into a French mini-break? If you’re shopping at the Calais hypermarkets, visit the Cote d’Opale, the Boulogne aquarium and pretty inland towns like Ardres with its lovely lake.

    We have a range of accommodation in the Nord-Pas de Calais and Normandy as well as in the Champagne area and all the wine regions of France. With this year’s harvest time approaching in the vineyards, the next few weeks are great for a visit. Salut!



  • Our sympathy with the people of Paris

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences are with those affected by the tragic events in Paris on Friday night. For now, Paris is a city in mourning, echoed throughout France, with an official mourning period that ends on the night of 17th November.
    The security situation remains fluid, but Paris and France as a whole are still open to visitors. We know that many will wish to continue with their travel plans to show support.
    Eurotunnel and  Eurostar services are operating as planned, but due to reinforced border checks, travellers should allow extra time. Most major airlines are now operating normally into and out of Paris and the airports are open, although again there may be extra security.
    Disneyland Paris is closed for three days and is open from 18th November, while the Eiffel Tower is closed to visitors until further notice. Most tourist attractions reopen on 18th November.
    The airlines recognise that some people may want to reschedule their trips, so they have announced policies to accommodate them. However, check the terms carefully, as some are quite strict. It’s also a good idea to sign up for alerts from your airline if you have a booking so that you can get an instant notification of any possible flight changes.
    If you’re already in Paris, you may find that the heightened security can restrict your movements. If you’re scheduled to fly home, you might want to give yourself extra time to both get to the airport and go through security.