Yes, I really mean going to France and being back in my own bed all in under 24hours. And no we don’t live right by the tunnel, in fact we live about 3.5hrs away from it! You may be wondering if it’s even worth it at this rate, and trust me if you ask any of us that question at 3am when we get up we are asking ourselves the same thing! However at the end of the day we are all in agreement that it was 100% worth the exciting and different day trip! So much so it’s kind of become a little tradition for me and my family and we’ve done it at least 4 times now and we still think it’s a great little adventure and would definitely recommend it. We personally try to plan it on a day when it’s going to be nice weather in France and not at home, then we get a day tanning that we otherwise wouldn’t have had! Saying that we have been there before in the wind and rain and did have to change some plans once we were there, but it’s all about what you make of it. It’s still something different that can be enjoyed even if it’s not sunny, however I’d still recommend going on a hot day if you can.
Below I’m going to give a quick run through of how we spend our day (with rough timings):
Our day begins with the dreaded alarm clock going off at 2:30am and everyone moping around the house trying to get ready using the least amount of effort but at the same time trying to rush so we can set off in time.
3am – The journey begins. (Key: have some snacks in the car, you’ll end up wanting breakfast at 5am as well as 8am!). My personal favourite is to have some croissants – helps to get me right into the French spirit. You may also want to devise a playlist that is going to keep you awake on your initial section of the journey without being too much, aka songs with a lot of bass may not make you the most popular person in the car at that time…maybe later.
7am – Finally at the EuroTunnel and all checked in waiting for the train. Depending on how long you have to kill before you can make your way to the train, you could go and explore the shops in the terminal. They have a dedicated, fenced-off, dog walking and exercise area outside too, which is great if you’re a dog owner.
The moment you see your train being announced feels like the highlight of your day at this point in the morning. You just know that you’re not only well and truly into your road trip but will soon be in another country too. I don’t know if any of you have been on the EuroTunnel before but it’s honestly amazing. We didn’t use it for so long because we weren’t too sure of the whole concept of being trapped in a train miles under the sea. We were so used to only going on ferries to France before, but even they make some of my family sea-sick! The tunnel solves this. It’s weird to think you’re literally just chilling under the sea. When I was younger I used to say I’d never go on the tunnel because I thought it was like when you’re at a Sea World and you can walk through a glass tunnel and look up at sharks above you! However, in reality it’s nothing like this and since trying it out it’s been a game changer. It’s just so simple and quick! You drive onto the tunnel and then just sit in your car for around half an hour and then you’ve arrived!
9:15am (French Time) – The moment we’ve been waiting for…driving onto the land again. This is where you may want to do something completely different with your day. We personally set off in the car again for a short, 45min drive down to Le Touquet Paris-Plage.
10am – Arrive at Le Touquet. There’s so many different options of things to do when you are here, you just have to pick what you’d enjoy most… as well as basing it on the weather. The nearby town has many shops and restaurants. On our most recent trip we ate at a restaurant called Le Saint Jean, they did the most amazing pizza’s! There is also a crazy golf course right near the beach front that can be enjoyed by people of all ages really. After exploring the town we spend the rest of the afternoon on the beach, or in the sea and simply just relaxing.
4pm – Head back towards Calais and stop off somewhere for an early tea. We often stop off at a restaurant called Buffalo Grill as not only do we like their food, but the restaurants are dotted around everywhere.
6:30pm – Head towards City Europe. There are a range of shops and restaurants here, therefore you may want to spend longer here. As far as I’m aware the shops are open til 8pm. There is also a large Carrefour supermarket here where we tend to buy any foods we can’t get in England. It’s safe to say we may also stock up on some cheap wine!
9pm – Get on the Tunnel again then head home again all before the clock strikes midnight!
This may not be the kind of adventure that you’d enjoy but if you think you’d find it exciting and something different to your usual Saturday out then I’d definitely recommend it!