au revoir Europe, the homeward journey


So time to leave my great little stop over in Strepy Thieu, Belgium and make the journey back to France and the port of Calais. The long day of travel yesterday means it will only be a couple of hours or so to make it to the ferry, so a nice relaxed drive in the sun for the final stint of the road trip.

time to leave Strepy Thieu and head on to Calais

time to leave Strepy Thieu and head on to Calais

Have to say I’m very impressed with the great customer service and flexibility of P&O Ferries in regards to sorting out my return ferry crossing. I had only booked a one-way ticket going out to give me plenty of flexibility in regards to my return. So I called them up in the morning to see if I could now book my return and they booked me on for my return trip back to Dover later that afternoon – how’s that for service! 🙂

my bus had some company on the ferry journey home

my bus had some company on the ferry journey home

On my final roadside tea break before getting to the Calais ferry port, I was surprised to see some migrants trying to get lifts with lorries at the parking spot. Not surprised by the event so much, but the fact that it was happening here when I was still some 50 miles away from Calais! The group was hiding in a nearby ditch and would appear every time a truck pulled in at the stop. It’s one thing seeing it on the news, different when you see things in reality! 🙁

au revoir Calais, until the next time…

au revoir Calais, until the next time…

Made great time on the road and was soon at the port of Calais checking in. Once on board the ferry, it was time to sit back, grab a bite to eat, relax and enjoy the view of the English Channel 🙂 Today was all about taking things easy and unwinding on the journey home!

the white cliffs of Dover mean I’m nearly home again

the white cliffs of Dover mean I’m nearly home again

It wasn’t long before the iconic sight of the white cliffs of Dover came into view. Time to get ready for the final leg of the journey back home to Hastings. However good it is to go away, it is always nice to come back home, especially as Lorna will now be back from her first year away doing her MA at the Royal College of Art. It will great to catch up again 🙂

an unopened toolbox is always a sign of a good road trip!

an unopened toolbox is always a sign of a good road trip!

All in all, it has been a fun road trip 🙂 The HO17 show at Hessisch Oldendorf, Germany was brilliant – can’t wait for HO21! Everything else on my travels was just a real bonus! Seeing the unopened toolbox in the back of the bus as I was unpacking is always a good sign. All in all, approx some 1,600+ miles on the road without a problem! You know what they say…

stock rocks, available in a range of colours…

stock rocks, available in a range of colours…

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