So, we’ve left Dundee behind, driven down to Hull, taken the overnight ferry to Zeebrugge and then cruised through the Ardennes to the town of Troyes, east of Paris. We’re staying in a city centre Ibis budget hotel which is perfect for our needs and I’ve just demolished a Chinese takeaway! It has been very, very warm today with temperatures in the low 30s and still the high 20s here at 11 o’clock in the evening.

Bye! Bye! GB

Bye! Bye! GB

The crossing was smooth although the vibrations coming from the engines were a little OTT and must have kept some of the light sleepers off their kip. Fortunately we were both pretty catatonic and slept like logs (wooden not mathematical ones). Come to think of it, even those wooden ones don’t sleep. do they? But we did sleep the sleep of the just and the innocent and that really helped on the 6 hour drive south today. Being incredibly tight-fisted, we avoided all the motorways and enjoyed the pleasures of the hills and rolling farmlands of Ardennes. How beautiful they are! Our comfort was ensured by the Audi’s a/c system which kept up a constant blast of chilled air to stop us from roasting in our own juices inside the car.

I must admit that the trip from Hull to Zeebrugge was a bit of a bargain so I have no hesitation in recommending it to all who may wish to take a drive on the continent. The one-way trip for 2 people and a car came to £139 including a 2-berth overnight cabin with en suite. Take the saving on diesel off that as well, not to mention the nervous energy. I bought the dinner/breakfast combination on board (£24) and that got me an all-you-can-eat dinner last night and a full buffet breakfast both continental and cooked this morning. Great value!

Speed bonny boat!

Speed bonny boat!

Tomorrow we drive down to Nevers to visit the incorruptible remains of Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, will try to pop in on my cousin Renée’s cousin on her father’s side who lives in Magny-Cours (famous for the French Grand Prix), then it’s up into the Massif and Clermont Ferrand before stopping overnight in another Ibis hotel, this time in Issoire on the way down to the Millau Viaduct again.

As we had an hour to spare on our way to Hull we tried to pop in to see Uncle Terry and auntie Ellen in Leeds. Oh, we saw them alright, except it was in Ward C3 of Chapel Allerton Hospital where Ellen is recovering from a replacement hip operation she had on Tuesday. What a brave person she is, and what a happy welcome she gave us when we strolled in. It was nice to see my cousin Gillian too, no matter how brief our visit was. I wish all my family in England the very best (as long as you don’t win the next World Cup!)

I offer a welcome to anyone new to the Blog. Although I won’t be posting every day, I will keep you up-to-date with year 2 of our adventure with 2 or 3 posts a week. Remember to keep the comments flooding in as we really enjoy reading what your take on things is while we’re so far away living with Johnny Foreigner!

A special kiss for our 2 brilliant grandchildren, Ben and Artemis. We love you dearly. XX

We’ve been in Troyes for 6 hours now but still haven’t seen the wooden horse. I’ll ask at the Greek restaurant!

 

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