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JupiJaunt to Baie de Somme

  Saturday 16th to Saturday 23rd June 2012


In spite of a bad weather forecast (we were ready to battle with the elements !) we were extremely lucky with the weather: it occasionally rained during the night but it was fine by the morning and during the day - we had a small shower on the way to Azincourt which lasted about 5 minutes and was not enough to put our hoods up.
So the rain stayed away for the duration, absolutely no need for Holts Dampstart!
The group consisted of 15 people plus several guests at different venues.
Everyone seems to have enjoyed the scenery, good food, the wines, the visits and the varied activities.
Laughter was the order of the day !
NB Grateful thanks to Gilbert Lefin for all im@geur images displayed here
Jupiter rally plate Jupijaunt
Saturday 16th June, the Mumbys and the Nankivells drove their Jupiters to le Touquet
Sunday morning of the 17th
                                                 for the very well-attended monthly classic car gathering
at Le Touquet Palais des Congres.                                                                          
The Jupiters were much admired and caused quite a stir!

The four Jupiters (L to R) are of the Lockyers, the Nankivells, the Mumbys and the Kennedys
Pat Lockyer (centre) shares a joke with the Kennedys.

We then drove the 60 miles to our town-centre hotel in Arras
                                         Enjoying a glass of Belgian beer in Arras Grand' Place                                     Aperitif at our hotel

left: Ken Graham, John Blaze, Edmund Nankivell, Ghislaine Nankivell.                       Below right: John Blaze, Claude Bernard, Paula Jacobs, Ken Graham
Jupiter with bonnet up

Above left: Engine bay of Pat Lockyer's Jupiter is inspected.                                    Above right: Claude Bernard and Ken Graham inspect Ken's Jupiter's engine

Below left: Three of our Jupiters at our Arras hotel.                                      Below right: Arras Town Hall with spire which some of us climbed to the top...great view!
Jowett Jupiters at Arras

Monday 18th  at the Mine Museum at Lewarde                                                                          
Lewarde mine museum

The Hanging Room
Miners working clothes hung to dry  after work.
Lunch at the mine's restaurant 'Le Briquet'         
L to R: Claude Bernard, Jennifer Kennedy, Gilbert Lefin, David Kennedy, Edmund Nankivell, Paula Jacobs and Ken Graham

Jupiters at the mine museum

Jowett Jupiters at Lewarde

Beautiful poppy field opposite the mine car park

Night has fallen in Arras. Starlit sky promised sunshine for the morrow
Jowett Jupiter at Arras

Tuesday 19th
Relaxing lunch stop on the way to Baie de Somme
The Gardens of Valloires provided us with scrumptious food artistically presented, eaten out-doors!

All vegetables and herbs are grown on site.


Jowett Jupiters at les Jardins de Valloires

                                   Part of the Abbey gardens

After lunch and a stroll around the beautiful gardens, it was time to take a beautiful scenic drive to St Valery-sur-Somme

Jupiters leave Jardins de Valloires

Mid afternoon on Tuesday: we arrive at our St Valery sur Somme hotel for two nights
Jowett Jupiters at St valery sur Somme

View over St Valery sur Somme from our hotel Les Corderies, clear skies day and evening.
St Valery sur Somme
St Valery sur Somme
        Claude Bernard and Gilbert Lefin had to leave us at Les Corderies        Paula Jacobs and others of our group at breakfast                                       

Our group enjoying the sunshine at Hotel Les Corderies, St Valery sur Somme

On Wednesday 20th June, we took the steam train around the Baie de Somme and back
From our hotel to the starting point
was a short very scenic stroll

The train arrives, and the steam engine is turned on the turntable. We climb aboard. The views of the bay are wonderful
Steam train Baie de Somme
Steam train baie de Somme
Steam train baie de Somme crossing a bridge

               We all had a slap-up meal at Le Crotoy before taking the train back to St Valery

On the return the train stopped at Noyelles sur Mer for the engine to take on water and change ends
Steam train Baie de Somme, stop at Noyelle
Steam locomotive changing ends whilst we all watched.
Steam train at Noyelle sur mer

We had a really good evening meal in a good restaurant in the town.
On the morning of Thursday 21st we relocated 2 miles to the out-of-town Hotel du Cap Hornu, close to the bay.
We then went cycling! Below: we cycled to Cap Hourdel and treated ourselves to an excellent meal,
after which some of us pushed further on amongst the sand dunes

   On the way back to the Cap Hornu hotel.   Below left: Edmund and Ghislaine Nankivell             Below right: Ghislaine
                                                                                                                                                                         and David Kennedy

                                                                     Below right: the Chapelle des Marins (sailors' chapel)
             It is  a pleasant 2-mile stroll from the Hotel Cap Hornu to this hill-top chapel with excellent views over the bay.
  The original chapel is where St Valery was buried in 622.
The present chapel is an 1878 rebuild.
                   In stormy weather, sailors wives would gather there to watch out for their menfolk
Jowett Jupiter at the Hotel Cap Hornu
Pat Lockyer cheekily parked his Jupiter next to his room in the Hotel Cap Hornu


 On Friday 22nd we relocated to an hotel in Hardelot-Plage for our farewell evening. But the journey offered choices: some of us went directly, about 45-50miles north, others went via Azincourt (40 miles from Cap Hornu) where there was an excellent visitor centre covering the battle of 1415, its causes and aftermath. The politics are complex, for although defeat hit France hard and started a new period in the 100-years war, firstly the victor the English king Henry V married the French king's daughter and, second, his son the future Henry VI was made heir to the French throne although he never took this up.

Photo below shows the Azincourt Visitor Centre with the Nankivell Jupiter in the sunshine

Jowett Jupiter at Azincourt

For some, we then pressed on a further 19 miles to the Randorail at Nielles-les-Blequin.

This was on a disused rail line, and we used little pedalled vehicles that each took
two pedallers and two passengers. Highly scenic and great fun!

Here are pictures of some locomotives that used to pull trains on this stretch of railway

Nord railway France old locomotives

On the Randorail. Left: approaching the turntable               Right: Peter Welch, Ghislaine & Edmund Nankivell



It was then a mere 24 miles to our final hotel.

                     Left: Tony and Angela Mumby arrive at the Hotel du Parc, Hardelot-Plage
Jowett Jupiter at Hotel du Parc, Hardelot
Jowett Jupiters at Hotel du Parc, Hardelot

Left: Friday at the Hotel du Parc, Hardelot-Plage.            Right: The Saturday departure. The Kennedys are off to the Suisse Normande before returning home.

Jowett Jupiter hotel du Parc Hardelot

Jowett Jupiter at the French Shuttle terminal
On Saturday 23rd Full circle, here we are again at the Shuttle terminal before the off.
Sun still shining as so often on our Jupi-Jaunt!
All over until the next one...

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Images of St Valery-sur-Somme                                            




                        St Valery's main street in Summer





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