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  • Liz

    There’s a photo somewhere of my grandmother paddling in similar attire. Though I have to add she would never have been seen dead without her top set in!

    The steelworks looks like the commercial port around the Gare Maritime. I remember when you could walk straight from the boat to the train, and have done so quite a few times. It’s all changed a bit now and I don’t think anyone’s currently running passenger ferries there, which is a shame as it’s a favourite place of mine. The French for a hovercraft is, rather beautifully “un aeroglisseur”, though the Boulonnais used to call them “le ‘ovverkraff”, which sounds hideous.

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