Tuesday, 31st July, 2019
Shock to the system. We had to put an alarm on this morning. A quick breakfast & then off to catch the Shuttle at Calais, a couple of hours away.
Managed to say goodbye to Johan, which was great as I’d hardly seen him. He’s a bit vague on how the Memorial Park is going, but it looks pretty good & the Brothers in Arms statue is being commissioned. He’s off to Australia in February to do some promotion, so hopefully it will generate the necessary funds.
Got to the Eurotunnel in plenty of time, and headed straight to the Pet Reception. Why they think a bit of plastic grass is going cut the mustard, when it comes to a last minute wee, I’ve no idea. It was then that we spotted a back entrance that opened straight onto a Lidl’s. It was a bit like a magnet saying come in and have a look around, we only need bread for lunch, but you never know there might be something interesting to take home. As it was Niall did come out with the essentials, plus a set of Japanese scraper blades! Anyway, long story short, that’s when we realised it was one way, and we were now in the huge Cité Europe shopping centre, and it was going to take us forever to get back to the Check In. Well, needs must and all that, a nifty drive back the way we came, and we were back on track. I hope we’re not on CCTV.
The lovely thing about the Eurotunnel is, it only takes 35 minutes & gives Niall a chance to have a rest. I’ve not been a lot of help with the driving this time. the weather was lovely when we left Calais, but the forecast on the other side wasn’t looking good. By the time we reached the M25 it was tipping down. That coupled with horrendous traffic didn’t make for a pleasant journey home. Welcome back to Blighty.
Doesn’t appear to have been any disasters whilst we’ve been away. There’s usually something: power cut, emergency drainage works, or road dug up for some reason. All looking good. Wahoo. Let’s have a takeaway curry to mark the end of the hollybobs. Only downside is, I made the mistake of getting on the scales. I’m sure Daisy must have had a paw on them. Too much ‘kuchen’, me thinks. Never mind, off on a dance break to Blackpool next week. Got plenty of time to ditch those extra pounds.
Thank you all for reading our ramblings, and we’ll let you when the next trip is. I think Scandinavia is next on the list, but maybe just dipping our toes into Denmark for starters.
That’s all for now, folks. Daisy dog, over & out.
Start: 48862 Zonnebeke, Belgium
Finish: 49071 Southampton, UK (Home)
Miles: 209 Running total 1915