- P&O's Pride of Kent leaves
Calais bound for Dover.
- Calais Town Hall (Mairie) is one of the most
distinctive features of the town and can clearly be seen from the
ferry as it approaches the port.
- Seafrance Moliere arrives in
Calais in the late afternoon. The beach was completely
frozen and in places was covered in snow.
- LD Lines Norman Spirit off Cap
Gris Nez heading from Boulogne to Dover in the gloaming.
This vessel was unexpectedly transferred to from Portsmouth to Dover
as the Norman Arrow is off service for the winter.
Despite the chaos at Calais this service ran without major
- Only the motorway was gritted or ploughed between
Calais and Boulogne. All other roads were like skating
rinks leading to extremely hazardous driving conditions.
Here Escalles looks like a scene from a Christmas card.
- The coast of the Nord-Pas-De-Calais rarely sees
snow so they were completely unprepared for the f6 inch fall on the
weekend before Christmas. Few ventured out as can be
seen by the empty promenade at Wimereux.
- As a result of the snow, Cite Europe, the main
shopping centre in the region for locals and tourists was like a
ghost town. Not only could the residents not get to the
motorway to reach the centre, but no Brits could make it over or
under the channel. This must have been a disaster for
the already depressed local economy.
- By Saturday evening Calais port was full - mainly
with lorries - which meant tourist cars had to queue to wait until a
- Inside the port as everywhere else was thick,icy,
untreated snow. Seafrance Rodin is seen
about to start boarding late on Saturday evening.
- Lorries, lorries everywhere. As in
the UK, lorries were also stacked on the motorway approach to Calais