10-Aug-2007 -- Having visited N52 E5 the previous day we travelled onto Antwerp/Belgium to visit
the diamond museum near the main train station and have a look around that part of the city including a few of the numerous jewellery shops. Even though we loaded up with a boot full of diamonds and got lost finding our way out of Antwerp (heading towards the East instead of South-West - maybe I should invest in a Sat-Nav system for the car!) we still managed to arrive
in Dunkirk about 3 hours before we were due to catch the ferry at 20:00. (Why did you book such a late ferry daddy? Just to be on the safe side son!). So we headed off to find the campsite mentioned in previous visits.
Taking the exit for Oye-Plage off the motorway and then following the GPS arrow and finally signs for Le Hemmes d'Oye we arrived outside the
campsite and parked the car. At the campside, using my best French I asked if it was ok to go through the campsite to the 'Plage'. Michael was impressed and I was surprised to get an answer and even more surprised to understand it. There is a path at the campsite entrance. We walked back the few metres to the entrance and
proceeded to walk straight past the path leading to the beach along a different path that lead past the beach houses. But we were saved by my brilliant French and got instructions from a bemused but helpful lady and returning the way
we had come found the path to the beach.
Walking over some sand dunes it was the moment of truth when we finally saw the beach because I had no idea whether the tide would be out or we would be wading in 7 feet of water. What a wonderful
sight. It looked good even though there were about 900 metres to go. We set off and after a pleasant walk arrived at the CP. As can be seen from the pictures we had a couple of
hundred metres to spare. The usual photos were taken plus a few of activity on the beach before we headed back to the car. A most pleasant visit, I could have spent hours there on the beach but we did have a ferry to
catch which we did with plenty of time to spare (the advantage of being on the safe side).