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Old 07.06.2011, 12:03
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Trains, Planes or Automobiles [Dublin]

We have to travel soon to Dublin for a family visit, and whilst in the winter there is no alternative to air travel the summer allows choice. That word that has of course tested so many marriages through the ages. My inclination is to choose car and boat travel. Mrs G err doesnt. Of course it takes longer but the options are:-
1. Pack suitcases, leave out anything bigger than a test tube with anything liquid, carry bags to transport to airport. Arrive at least 2 hours in advance to be undressed by rejected police officers at the communal security screening. Enjoy the pleasant waft of 50 smelly feet as shoes and belts are removed. Enjoy a healthy sprint to the gate to discover that "operational circumstances " have lead to a 5 hour delay but not to worry, here are euros 5 for a sarnie in the cafe. Board plane and enjoy on board catering- anything you like sir! and that will be 3 times what you could have bought it for in the airport you mug!
Happy landings and off to collect the last piece of luggage out of the distributor and be happy and relieved to see it actually made it on a one flight trip. Exit airport and arrive an hour later at the home in an awful state ready to chew the head off dear Ma in law who s only crime was to ask if you had a nice trip?


2. Leave when ready with everything one could possible need for the trip plus other, arrive at Cherbourg after a nice 8 hour drive allowing time to discover the car options that you paid for but never use, a nice boarding, dinner for two in a wonderful restaurant (im not kidding) and a good nights sleep in a cabin with a view. Good irish breakfast follows and a speedy exit off the boat onto a quiet road system (until you reach Dubbers of course) and into the driveway all happy.

So who agrees with me and who thinks Mrs G has got it right. I should add that we are less restricted by time than most.
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Old 07.06.2011, 12:09
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Re: Trains, Planes or Automobiles [Dublin]

Option 2 would be my choice.
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I would take the ferry route every time!
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I have the same thoughts. Taking the car is so useful as you can really take everything you need and more. However, my wife does not agree as 'driving across France is boring'. I have to agree, she has a good point but the alternative of packing, flying, hire car and 6 hour drive is not appealing.

My choice would be option 2. Maybe it's a 'Man thing'?
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However, my wife does not agree as 'driving across France is boring'.
Has she seen the Loire valley from the back roads?

http://www.google.ch/search?tbm=isch...h+Images&gbv=2
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Old 07.06.2011, 12:57
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Re: Trains, Planes or Automobiles [Dublin]

Boats, cars, and trains.
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I have the same thoughts. Taking the car is so useful as you can really take everything you need and more. However, my wife does not agree as 'driving across France is boring'. I have to agree, she has a good point but the alternative of packing, flying, hire car and 6 hour drive is not appealing.

My choice would be option 2. Maybe it's a 'Man thing'?

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Re: Trains, Planes or Automobiles [Dublin]

I would choose option 2 as well and I'm not a man either.

Haven't done this route but have done the north sea crossings to Hull (from both Rotterdam and Zeebrugge) many times and have always found it to be an enjoyable trip.
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I would choose option 2 as well and I'm not a man either.

Haven't done this route but have done the north sea crossings to Hull (from both Rotterdam and Zeebrugge) many times and have always found it to be an enjoyable trip.
I have some family in the Humberside area and will take this trip for the first time. Sounds good.

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Has she seen the Loire valley from the back roads?

http://www.google.ch/search?tbm=isch...h+Images&gbv=2
Actually, I think we did drive though there! Really nice place to go in my opinion. (Think we ended up in Josselin)

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Re: Trains, Planes or Automobiles [Dublin]

Definitely option 2.

Given that you are not restricted by time, you can work round the "crossing France is boring" thing by strictly avoiding motorways and Routes Nationales. Allow yourselves two days to get to Cherbourg, plot a route using routes départementales and stay overnight somewhere in the Morvan or, as suggested above, the Loire valley. Crossing France on back roads off the beaten track is a joy.
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Re: Trains, Planes or Automobiles [Dublin]

Irish Ferries from Cherbourg do some very reasonable deals if you travel midweek
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