Ferry to France, to Honfleur – Day 1
Monday 13th July 2009 – France
So here it is. Seemed like it took forever to come around, yet as the day approached, it was upon me before i knew it. Day 1, and the fun begins. Read on and enjoy my trip with me.
It has to be said, i played it a little too cool this morning. I knew i had until around mid-day to get things sorted, and because of this, i thought i had more time than i actually did. I started to panic a little as the time drew near. I did manage to get it all packed into the car by 12:00, and at this time, the family all came home to see me off.
A few tearful goodbyes then i was off at around 12:30. It was a really nice day today and i was quite hot inside the car. I hoped Europe would be hot as we don’t see much of the sun here in England.
I arrived in Dover at about 3:30, and was quite early for the ferry, so i took the car up to the cliffs and waited a while. The view over the ocean made me feel excited about what i might see along the way on my trip. I wanted to see plenty of the sea. When it was time i headed for the ferry port and waited about an hour to be boarded. Once on the Sea France ferry, i went up onto the deck to watch as England slowly faded from sight. Now that the first part was out of the way, it really felt like the trip was beginning and it brought a smile to my face.
The ride across the pond was very smooth and very quick. I had a little time to sit and munch on my little snack and drink that cost me almost £10!
We arrived in Calais in good time and it wasn’t long before i was on the road and headed for a place called Honfleur, which was where my mate Dave was waiting. The driving was quite fun, and didn’t take long to get use to, although it’s clear to see that the drivers were a little less patient than back home.
The trip was longer than i had hoped, and managed to find most of the toll roads in Northern France, which made a small dent in my wallet. I decided that from now on i would try to avoid toll roads where possible. A few wrong turns, and a trip down a small country road in the dark, and then i arrived at 11:30 (12:30 French time).
At the gate was a wooden chair just as Dave had said, so i knew i was in the right place. There was also a note on the floor to welcome me. It was great to see Dave, and the place is really nice, in a nice quiet area. We talked until 4 or 5 in the morning, had some beer and Mikado (Chocolaty snack), which was very welcome after the long, slightly stressful drive, then went to bed.
It was good to rest.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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