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1st Time travelling

felixstowe
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1st Time travelling

My family and I are visiting Northern France (Frevent) for our 1st time.. Can anyone advise on must do's and must don't?

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1. Re: 1st Time travelling

Do learn a little bit of basic French - Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thankyou. that is all - for the rest you will find many people prepared to speak English, but taking a small French/English phrase book can also be useful.

Do say 'Bonjour' to the proprietor when you enter a shop or business - it is considered very polite to do this in France.

Don't keep shouting EN-GUR-LAND and drinking WAY too much lager ;-)

Do relax and enjoy yourselves.

Don't drink & drive - France has even stricter drink-driving laws than the UK with on-the-spot fines, detentions and even prison, and/or your car could be taken.

Do have a look at this excellent website, which will give you plenty of great information about the Nord-Pas-de-Calas area:

http://www.theotherside.co.uk/

This one also comes in handy for shopping information etc:

http://www.day-tripper.net/

Oh, and here is the website for Frevent itself (in French)

http://www.villedefrevent.fr/

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Make sure your car is up to date with French requirements too, http://www.rac.co.uk/driving-abroad/france/

Have a lovely time.

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3. Re: 1st Time travelling

Don't expect the supermarkets and other shops to keep the same opening hours as those in the UK.

A significant number of supermarkets are closed all day Sunday and those that are open will only open until 12.00 noon or 12.30 noon. Similarly with petrol stations. Don't expect to get free plastic bags in the supermarkets.

Do expect that generally if your children are well behaved, they will be made welcome.

Be aware that in many locations, particularly smaller villages, lunch time is a special time and that everything (including supermarkets) will close as people either head home or to a local restaurant to eat.

Also be aware of toll motoroways. They can be avoided but if you are in a hurry they do save time.

Finally, be aware that France has a capacity to totally entrance you and make you fall truly madly deeply in love with her :o)))

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One item we always take is a French Food glossary.

If your grasp of the French language is as poor as mine then the glossary will help you decide which menus are to your liking.

There are quite a few to download but we use this one - http://www.intimatefrance.com/glossary.html

We thought we could order from a menu using our School taught skills until we ordered raw fish by mistake - we've not made the same mistake again after printing off the the glossary!

This one is even more extensive but runs to 39 pages - patriciawells.com/glossary/french_english_fo…

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5. Re: 1st Time travelling

Although if you do end up on a toll motorway like we have done, it's quite simple as you pay when you come off. I wouldn't be without my french glossary, it's so handy :) When we ended up in a supermarket last time we just paid for bags, they are stronger anyway.

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Tarry, we have to pay for plastic bags here in Ireland as well, so everyone here brings their own bags to the supermarket.

I buy my shopping bags in France each year because (a) they are cheaper (b) they are far better quality than the Irish ones and (c) they are much nicer.

But I've seen people in supermarkets in France who are not au fait with the process trying to get free bags and getting frustrated (as does the hostess)

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7. Re: 1st Time travelling

Yes, I found that out when I was over there :). I always take my own bags anyway these days when I go shopping over here, as I don't really like plastic bags as a) they are not too strong b) they are uncomfy to carry and c) my large bag is stronger and more comfy to carry and ecofriendly, so I shall do the same when I go over erm...both sides :) My local supermarket (not one of the main ones) stopped giving bags for free, to make us locals start taking our own bags.

So this doesn't get deleted, I found that when I was given free bags in France, they where flimsy and see through anyways.

Edited: 16 August 2011, 12:25
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