Look out Britain!

23 07 2007

As the title says – Look out Britain!  The 40th Marpole scouts have left Vancouver and landed at Heathrow!

First lesson of air travel:  Light cylindrical objects (like foam sleeping pads) will roll off conveyor belts.  (One foamy will be joining them later!)

On Sunday, after many days of preparations, checking, rechecking, packing and repacking, five of our scouts and one of our leaders headed out to Britain to take part in the World Jamboree.  First they will take part in a 5 day “Canadian Contingent pre-camp” and then it will be off to the Jamboree celebrating 100 years of scouting.   After the 10 day Jamboree they will be touring France and Belgium for 7 days before returning home.

If you are likely to be in France or Belgium (or happen to be a french or Flemish scout reading this) drop me a comment.  Perhaps you and our scouts might meet up.

Their itinerary for the post-jamboree time is:

Aug 8     Bus back to Heathrow Airport and pick up rental van (0900)

                Drive to Dover and take ferry to Calais (1200)

                Arrive in Calais, France (1345)

                Drive to Vimy and tour Vimy Ridge monument (1500)

                Hostel: Hotel Belazur in Calais


Aug 9     Drive to Bruges and visit WW beaches along the way

                Arrive in Bruges (1200)

                Rent bikes and tour city/lunch (UNESCO World Heritage Site: Historic Centre)

                Ride out to the beach (1400)

                Canal boat ride (1630)

                Hostel: Passage in Bruges


Aug 10  Drive to Brussels

                Arrive in Brussels (1200)

                Lunch/city tour/visit chocolate factories

                UNESCO Sites: La Grand-Place and Major Town Houses of the Architect Victor Horta

                Visit malls/shopping (1600)

                Hostel: Gite d’Etape in Brussels


Aug 11  Belgium Waffles for breakfast

                Visit/brief hike at Parc Naturel Regional Nord-Pas-de-Calais (1100)

                Drive to Reims

                Lunch at one of the small towns along the way (1330)

                Arrive in Reims (1500)

                City tour/UNESCO Site: Cathedral of Notre-Dame (1600)

                Hostel: CIS de Champagne in Reims


Aug 12  Arrive in Paris (1200)

                City tour (Eiffle Tower, Champs-Elysees, etc.)

                UNESCO site: Banks of the Seine

                Hostel: Square Caulaincourt in Paris


Aug 13  Visit Louvre Museum

                Visit malls/shopping

                Hostel: Square Caulaincourt in Paris


Aug 14  Visit UNESCO site: Palace and Parks of Versailles (0900)

                Leave Paris (1000)

    Arrive in Dieppe (1130)

                Lunch and visit beaches (1200)

                Drive to Calais (1300)

                Ferry to Dover (1525)

                Arrive in Dover (1700)

                Drive to Heathrow and check in at hostel(1830)

                Drop off minivan at airport

                Take tube into London (2000)

                Hostel: Heathrow Budget Rooms

If it looks like you’re in the same area and time as they are, and might want to meet.  I’ll see what I can do to coordinate.




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