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Review: Folkestone & Bruges

Escorted Tour - Coach

A spontanious first break on my qwn!

  • By SilverTraveller maggiemay16

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  • Oct 2014
  • Solo

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Suffering from clinical depression, anxiety and insecurity, I was feeling very stir crazy in my four walls. I needed a break but had no one to go with and not a lot of money to spend. I scaned the internet, really wanted sunshine to ease the pain of my fibromyalgia, and there was plenty cheap all inclusive deals available. The only problem was there were no flights from Scotland, which would add at least an other £100 on to my budget. Couldn't afford it. So then I thought it would be safer going on an escorted break. After checking many prices I decided to go with Caledonian Travel. My brother stays in East Kilbride so I went to stay with him as it would be easier for me to get to Glasgow for 7.30am the following day. I managed to get there bleary eyed and very nervous. However, I had nothing to worry about it was a good crowd, they made me very welcome for the vey long journey ahead. I spoke to the only gentleman on the trip alone who sat beside me, and the hours went by quickly. After several short stops at services, where I had to get my money back for the soup I ordered, it took too long. I think I may have caused a small revolution as every one then proceeded to do the same. At last we arrived at the Grand Burstin Hotel Folkestone, it was huge, 550 rooms in it. It was a bit dated and tired looking on the inside. But it was very clean and the bed was so cosy. My room was small, but had everything I needed, tea/coffee, iron board, iron, hair dryer, flat screened tv. The bathroom had bath/ shower and toiletries. The food was all inclusive dinner/bed and breakfast as much as you could eat, even catered for me being vegetarian, it was good. I also had free entry to the swimming pool, steam room sauna and gym. The entertainment was bingo and cabaret not so good. I enjoyed meeting and talking to many people, we had a laugh and I felt relaxed.Excursions were included and an early start the next morning going to Bruges through the Channel Tunnel was a new experience for me. Bruges was lovely apart from the weather. I was like a child in a sweetie shop, spending lots of money on Belgian chocolate and sending post cards to my loved ones. The next morning we went to Ostend on the ferry really enjoyed that and my group were fantastic at looking after me and keeping me right. The next day I relaxed in the hotel spa facilities and enjoyed the Glasgow banter at night. Then Friday was time to come home. It all went so quickly, but I felt better in my mind even although I still had to cope with the chronic pain of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. It only cost me £200 for everything and I'm glad I went. It has boosted my confidence and made me think I must do this again. going to other places. definitely good value for money. I would recomend it to any one, just wanting a comfortable break. Nothing fancy. I still long for the sunshine, it's the only thing that really eases my pain from the fibro. However I'll have to save up for along time to get that. What's important is that I made my first step of sort of travelling alone. And I'm so glad I did.

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