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Le Havre to Portsmouth, The Ferry Home – Day 38
Wednesday 19th August 2009 – Home
I slept in for a while this morning to kill some time before I had to be on the ferry. I didn’t take much care in packing all my things into the back of the car, seeing as this would be the last time I would have to do it. Today I was going home.
I checked out, and incredibly, the same guy was just as rude again. He threw my receipt on the counter at the end and looked behind me at the next customer to attract their attention, and hurry people along. Great farewell, thanks a lot!
I took a quick trip to the supermarket, and finished off some food in the car for my breakfast, while sitting in the supermarket car park. I sat for a while, then took one last drive into Honfleur, to the place where my trip began, which today was buzzing with tourists. It was fun to drive slowly around the small seaside streets, the volume of tourists making it hard to drive quickly, and this suited me. I could take in the atmosphere properly, without being rushed to get my car out of the way of other motorists.
I drove out of town after a while, and found a shaded spot along a country road. Here I parked, and sat for the remaining hours. It was very boring, and time dragged so slowly, but it was only for a few hours. When the time came, I left for the ferry port, and got lost a few times along the way, but this is expected now. It didn’t matter as I made it in good time. It was only a 45 minute wait until we started to board. And once on board, I could relax.
I spent a lot of money on a nice meal and a beer on the ferry, then pottered about for the remaining hours, seeing out time. We arrived in Portsmouth, and after spending 15 minutes running around all the car decks trying to find my car, I eventually set off for home, and it wasn’t long before I was pulling up outside my house. The family were there to welcome me home, and it was nice to be back.
My mileage totalled 5,100 miles in the end, which isn’t bad for a small, powerless car. I had a great time altogether, and saw many things, and experienced a lot. There were trying times along the way, but all in all it was a good trip, but I didn’t feel it was over just yet……
Read my second trip around Europe here: Europe, Part 2
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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