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Date: 12th May 2015

Made a day trip to France recently with friends.  We went to Ardres for lunch as the Francois Premier Restaurant had been recommended.  It certainly lived up to and exceeded expectation - the food was beautifully presented and tasted as good as it looked.  However we were a trifle surprised that all the customers were English and the restaurant doesn't open in the Evening.  I could understand it being a magnet for the English tourist if it were a much visited Historic town but it isn't.  It is charming, clean and has a lovely 13th Century Church but that aside, there's not a lot else to see there.

Ardres is right next to a little village called Balinghem which is not far from Guines - and it was somewhere there where Henry V111 and Francois 1 had a meeting immortalised as The Field of the Cloth of Gold.  Despite the large sign on the side of the motorway, we actually went around Balinghem and the surrounding area a couple of times looking for some kind of monument which might mark the spot - to no avail.  

We got hopelessly lost on our way back to Calais - Madame SatNav took us to the wrong place and would not allow us to re-set it.  Although it is funny now, at the time it was very disconcerting to end up on the wrong part of the motorway three times - and the distance before the next junction a which we could leave was exceptionally long.

However, I adore France so even getting in a mess on the motorways was less traumatic than it would have been back home.

Not being able to find any kind of monument indicating the Field of the Cloth of Gold, I had to content myself with this sign at the entrance to a holiday park!  Will put photos of the Restaurant and the Church into the Gallery.


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