Vin, biere et Le Supermarche. For many the first port of call, or the very reason to visit France.
Back as a cub reporter the big newspaper promotion was cheap car ferry deals to fill your boots with booze.
But the Francophiles for a day, of course, missed the point… you need to stay and enjoy the country for a while.
Irish Ferries to France
Irish Ferries is bringing back its wine mini-breaks.
Across Le Manche to France, with a special wine-tasting in Cherbourg from €99pp each way pps.
And a detour here on our journey, as is our wont, down La Voie de Mémoiire.
Back as a schoolboy on my first trip abroad with my pals and my palette hadn’t evolved enough to appreciate the grape.
Which meant I had to seek out bier from Le Supermarche to drink by our tent and on the beach.
Only all the lesser-known, cheaper brands are en francais.
And so what I thought were 24 bottles of bier ended up being shandy. Un faute d’élève.
Of course I couldn’t admit it to my wine-drinking pals.
Stop that train
Another challenge presented itself when we were heading for the train back from Saint Raphael.
And while the boys had stocked up on vino… moi? I had to find some take-away beer.
It being Gaul and not Glasgow there were no off-licences and Le Supermarche was on the other side of town.
Which meant me only getting back to the train to see it pulling away and Mackie, Adam and Chris at the window, glasses of red in hand.
How did I get back? That’s another l’histoire.
You wouldn’t want to have to find your own way back to Ireland… nor should you.
When you’re chasing down vin, biere et Le Supermarche.
Particularly as Irish Ferries will give you two nights in Normandy at €99pps each way.
And a special wine-tasting ceremony in Cherbourg in conjunction with Wine Beer Supermarket.
Sailing dates available are September 9, 16, 23, 30.
Poetry in motion
You’ll be sailing on the swanky WB Yeats (or WB Yachts) as I like to call it.
Where you don’t have to rush around town or chase down trains.
There’s vin, biere et Le Supermarche.