Original article from Kent Live
Halfway down the hill into St Margaret's Bay and you suddenly get a text from your phone operator.
"Welcome to France" it says, before reeling off any new roaming terms and conditions that might apply.
For most people, this is a novel feature of the beautiful coastal village that lies closer to the continent than anywhere in the UK.
For others it has caused genuine concern and anxiety.
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"I've seen mums here before who think they've missed the time when they're supposed to be picking up their child from school," said Ben Foreman, Deputy Manager of the pub in the Bay called the Coastguard.
"They look really worried and then laugh about it when they've realised they're on French time."
But the Bay is just one part of a village that is essentially split in three.
The centre of the village is about three quarters of a mile from the sea, with the residential area of Nelson Park further inland, and St Margaret's Bay situated along and below the cliffs north of South Foreland.
The village centre is a traditional one, with a quirky-shaped high street that narrows suddenly to a bend that barely fits one car.
There are traditional buildings like the Smugglers pub, the Post Office and the ancient church, whose grounds are also home to Commonwealth war graves.
Then there's also the prevalence of timber-clad, colourful homes, adding to the quaint coastal village feel.
But few would deny that the magic of St Margaret's really resides down in its Bay area.
Indeed, the hill overlooking the chalky-white cove, rock pools and beach area provides the homes for some of Kent's wealthiest people.
And also its most creative and famous – playwright, composer, director, actor and singer Sir Noel Coward owned one, ad did actor, writer and filmmaker Sir Peter Ustinov, as did James Bond author Ian Fleming.
This last connection is a key reason so many James Bond stories – like Goldfinger and Moonraker – feature car chases across the Garden of England.
They all may well have been drawn in by St Margaret's single stand out feature – its proximity and endless connections to France.
The parish church suffered a direct hit from German guns located in Calais during the Second World War.
Our own guns were naturally stationed in the bay too, including two 15 inchers called "Jane" and "Clem" and two famous 14 inch Mk VII naval guns called "Winnie" and "Pooh".
The first successfully laid international submarine telegraph cable, all the way back in 1851, started in St Margaret's running to Sangatte.
And to this day, the only pub down in the Bay – the Coastguard, which by the way has to be one of the best outdoor drinking and dining spots in Kent – proudly promotes itself as Britain's closest boozer to France.
St Margaret's then is a beautiful coastal village, and well worth a visit.
It does however come with a word of warning.
If you're planning to meet up with someone down who's just spent the day enjoying its fantastic beach, remember the time difference.
It might be prudent to set off an hour earlier.