1 May 05
Life is Good Amongst the Nazi Bunkers
Fine weather and the traditional May Day Holiday made us anxious for we had no hotel reservation. An early start and we were in due course surprised to get booked into The Hermitage Hotel in Montreul Sur Mer and furthermore we were able also to book a table at our favourite restaurant, Le Darnetal, with no problem. Life is good.
We spent the remainder of day exploring Le Touquet which was crowded and impossible, and then Berck Plage, which is more downmarket but where we were able to park the car and make our way up over the dunes and onto the sparsely populated beach awaited us.
We were surprised to find a cluster of nazi bunkers which had collapsed onto the beach as the sea had apparently eroded the coastline. Sunbathers had gathered around them and set up their blankets and deck chairs as if they were some pleasurable amenity. I snapped away with my camera and I noticed a few people scattered when they saw me pointing the camera in their general direction. When we got up close to the bunkers, I got Mrs Monk to pose against the graffiti on the concrete battlement. Mrs Monk pointed to the sign that she said meant that photography was forbidden since the area was designated a naturalist beach. I saw no naked people but Mrs Monk said that three ladies did hurriedly cover their breasts when we came upon them in the dunes. Being a gentleman, I pretending not to see that .but then Mrs Monk also pointed out another sign which said that walking in the Dunes was also forbidden.
After the Holiday Inn fiasco, we were delighted with our meal We each had 10 oysters followed by Duck, followed by Creme Brulee, followed by cheese and coffee.
We were also gratified to have a ringside seat near the door where endless would be diners were turned away by the maitre de because they did not make a reservation.
As each couple were turned away, the Monks smirked and gloated at our good fortune.
The Oysters Revenge
The monks returned to Leigh and were punished by the oysters. No “R” in the month of May it seems.