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Where to - driving from Dunkerque in January...? Any ideas?

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1. Posted by noodlecon (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the forum - brought here because I've won a ferry crossing from Dover to Dunkerque, which I'll probably be taking in January.

I intend to travel out of Dunkerque for a long weekend break (Friday - Monday) but I don't know where to go!

Obviously it might be cold and wet, so a trip that includes the option of ducking inside if the weather turns nasty would be super. My partner and I will be travelling with our toddler, so the ideal trip includes activities for an energetic boy!

My only idea so far is Disneyland Paris - but will that be good in January? Any other good ideas for weekend breaks that are within driving distance of Dunkerque?

All suggestions are much appreciated!


2. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

My first thought was Bruges in Belgium, though I'm not sure if there's much there to interest a toddler...

...except chocolate.

edit: I know this sounds mean but, can you get a babysitter?

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Sep-2009, at 03:21 by fabyomama ]

3. Posted by noodlecon (Budding Member 2 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Ha! Thanks for the suggestion of Bruges, but we went there recently. It was great - even with a toddler!

And a baby-sitter is impossible really, because we'd be gone for four days - and I think we'd prefer to travel together (he's an incredibly happy boy so not much trouble to travel with).

I'm now thinking about going in October. So where now!!!???

Where in Europe is good in October AND not too far from Dunkerque? The best suggestion gets 10 points!

4. Posted by BedouinLeo (Inactive 698 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Try the Antwerpen Beerfest. It makes the Oktoberfest look like a chimps tea party. From Dunkerque by car it will take you about three hours and there are so many cheap hotels there too. Children are welcome in all the bars and yes, I realise that's not the ideal place for a couple with a young child day and night, so one or two bars in the afternoon, a walk round the 2nd largest port in the world (after Rotterdam), take in a couple of the amazing art galleries, a bit of tea then off to one of the family bars for a couple more. There are children's rooms where your child can play and you can have a drink while keeping an eye. Following day, take a drive to Amsterdam. Again so cultural and there will be parents walking around with their children everywhere and a day there will be so memorable and easy for all three of you.

5. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1841 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

It can get very cold in January in France, and worse, you can get snow which can take a while to clear on back roads. I live in a rural area and recorded daytime temperatures in January this year.

1st___ -4.C
2nd___ -8.C
3rd___ -6.C
4th___ -8.C
The rest of the month was mostly within a few degrees either way of zero with nights all being below zero.

Unfortunately there is little if anything to do in January. If you insist on going in January, I'd go to Paris where you can use the metro to get around, see museums, galleries, go up the Eiffel Tower, eat good food, look at the tourist places as well as do some shopping. Disneyland is not far away by car or public transport.