Arras Tour March 2015

On the 13th March seven cars left home to drive to Dover for the night. Saturday we boarded the ferry to France and had a leisurely drive down to Arras in beautiful sunshine. Sunday we attended the Exposition D’Automobiles et Moto Anciennes in Arras. We had one of our cars on the stand inside and the others were lined up outside with a few other French Fiat 500s that attended. There was a mixture of vintage and classic cars in the show as well as auto jumble. We all enjoyed the show and were sad to say goodbye to the ones that had to return home after it.

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Monday we walked around the beautiful town of Arras with its many cobbled squares and visited the magnificent Town Hall and went to the top of the Belfry that had views over Arras and the surrounding countryside. After, we had a guided tour of the limestone quarries which were delved out from the Tenth century onwards. They were under the town’s squares and were used as shelters for the townspeople during the Second World War. We also visited The Wellington Quarry, again under ground and now a memorial of the Battle of Arras where so many British soldiers lost their lives during the First World War and again it brought home to us the horrors of what the troops had to endure.
That evening we enjoyed another wonderful meal and then we had to say goodbye to another two of our companion travellers.

Tuesday we drove to Amiens stopping off on way to visit some of the World War One soldier’s cemeteries which are so beautifully looked after by the French people.  We spent the day in Amiens and had a leisurely lunch by the river in the picturesque quarter of Saint- Leu (The little Venice of the North).

We stopped that night in a Boutique B and B and were able to park the cars in a neighbours Courtyard. The next morning after a leisurely breakfast and taking photos of the cars in the pretty courtyard we were off again and made a short visit to the coast.

At lunch time we stopped at Eu a very pretty town and parked in the square by a very impressive Chateau which housed a museum and the Mayors offices. The opportunity for a photo shoot could not be missed and we even met the Mayor of the town.

That evening we stayed at a fabulous Chateau Le Castel des Anges in Wailly Beaucamp. I was really looking forward to this as Paul had promised me a Chateau on this tour and I wasn’t disappointed. We were given the grand tour and every room was magnificent. It had been beautifully restored and the owners made us very welcome.
That evening with the cars all lined up outside a really superb restaurant, L’ Auberge du Cronguelet they created quite a lot of interest. Philippe, our waiter enjoyed seeing our little cars and even took some photos of them for his Web Site.

Thursday we drove back to Calais and Friday boarded the ferry back to Dover and then drove home.

Thank you once again Paul for your hard work in putting this tour together and to all the club members who made it so enjoyable.

  Sally Scanes, Fiat 500 Club UK Committee member