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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Cambridgeshire July 18th 2017

Another lovely morning in Norfolk. A pity we have to move on but then again we are catching up with our daughter and her husband in London. Always a special moment. We have another delicious breakfast, a bit lighter this time. The bags are packed, car loaded, and we’re off. As we head along the lane we catch up with Farmer Brown driving his tractor and pulling an overloaded trailer piled high with hay bales. As he drives along, the roadside trees are removing large amounts of hay from either the side bales or ones on top. Hay blows everywhere. Hay is left hanging from the trees. We keep our distance just in case a bale is dislodged. The locals must be thrilled to have all this hay accumulating in their lane. But then again living ... read more
Ely
Ely
Ely

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk July 17th 2017

What a lovely morning. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, farmers are filling the lanes with tractors and harvesters. What could be better? It is certainly a great day to visit the city of Norwich. Breakfast is a delight with fresh eggs, cereal, toast, marmalade, tea and coffee. What a superb start to the day. We negotiate the agricultural machines through country lanes before getting on to a more direct road to Norwich. It is Monday, sunny, and summer. Everyone should be at the beach. Not today. Everyone is shopping. We get a great car park in a large shopping centre and then head off on a mission. One team member needs a haircut. We are used to hairdressers in large shopping centres. Not at this one. A helpful young man at the information ... read more
Norwich
Norwich
Roughton

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Norfolk July 16th 2017

Plan for today. Enjoy a delightful breakfast. Collect our washing and drive to a laundromat in King’s Lynn. Discover the Norfolk beaches. Finish the day with a Sunday roast at the pub. What a grand day out. Unfortunately reality kicks in. We wake to the sound of rain drops. It could still be a day at the beach. The locals do it. But first we do enjoy a delightful breakfast. Not quite the full English but certainly some aspects of it, especially the farm fresh eggs that the hosts’ hens have just laid. The rain is not heavy but might interrupt the day’s activities, we’ll see. We leave our little house and drive to King’s Lynn and the laundromat that we have identified as the perfect location for the travellers’ wash. We are confronted by a ... read more
King's Lynn
King's Lynn
Hunstanton

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury July 15th 2017

At breakfast we join the other guests who are staying in this country retreat for a variety of reasons. Some are here for a weekend of golf, others just passing through, and there is the bride with her entourage of bridesmaids for that special day. It looks as though it will be a grand day for everyone. The sun is shining and the temperature is quite pleasant. We drive back to Canterbury, park in our favourite car park, take the bus to the city centre and walk to the cathedral. Gone are most of the market stalls, the streets are still busy, and shoppers are looking for the last summer sale bargains. Tour groups have arrived for their visit to the cathedral. We pay our entrance fee and start our special tour. We are welcomed by ... read more
Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Kent » Canterbury July 14th 2017

The new chapter on our adventure starts with a pleasant breakfast. We stayed in this hotel two years ago and found it a great starting point for our journey to the Euro Tunnel terminal about thirty minutes drive away. We have plenty of time. Already we are thirty minutes ahead of schedule. Once in the United Kingdom we plan to visit Canterbury Cathedral and then drive on to our accommodation near Maidstone. All sounds rather simple and well planned. But how plans can change. After leaving the hotel Jane takes us through the local village towards the motorway entrance. Today is Bastille Day and it is too early for the celebrations to begin. Perhaps everyone is still in bed after last night’s carnival outing. We decide to use the toll road because it is cheap, quick, ... read more
Canterbury
Canterbury

Europe » France » Picardy » Saint-Quentin July 13th 2017

Our hostess provided a wonderful breakfast. The best eggs in Europe are nicely poached and the yolks are a bright yellow. Fresh eggs that have travelled from the backyard to the kitchen are like that. Because of the eggs we ask if we can come back in a fortnight. All is well, the bed is chosen, the name is written down, only to be beaten by Booking.com, our go-to website. But! Maria has contacts. Her daughter and son-in-law run a guest house beside the castle and we are booked in with fresh eggs for breakfast. Before we leave we indulge in some French-English-French language lessons. We have had a wonderful stay. Perhaps we’ll catch up in a fortnight. When planning our trip we thought an overnight stop in Saint-Quentin would be perfect, not because of its ... read more
Saint-Quentin
Saint-Quentin
Saint-Quentin

Europe » France » Lorraine July 12th 2017

Today we start the introduction to a new chapter of our adventure. The introduction means two driving days across North East France to get to Calais. We have travelled some of these roads before so we will not need to spend much time sight seeing. The countryside we are crossing can be very emotional for many people for a variety of reasons. We hope to convey this in our blog. It’s raining again in Nancy. Just as well we enjoyed our day of sightseeing yesterday. It probably doesn’t matter that it rains on a driving day. The car groomer may have other thoughts on the matter. To get the car out of the apartment garage we have to manipulate the swipe card and garage door remote and key in the correct order. Once we are on ... read more
American Memorial
American Memorial
American Memorial

Europe » France » Lorraine » Nancy July 11th 2017

What a surprise greeted us this morning. Sunshine. Where is the rain? The international weather forecasters have predicted a brief thunderstorm at 11:55 am. How good is that? So the plan today is tram ride into the city centre, get to the large shopping mall by 11:45 am, lunch, and when the sky clears more sightseeing. Good plan, yes. In reality, we’ll see. We turned down the 10.50 euro breakfast for a much healthier DIY breakfast of cereal, fruit, yoghurt, tea and pastry. Mr Leclerc does a nice breakfast for a fraction of the cost. Why have a kitchen and not use it. After being well fed we take the very short walk to the tram stop. We try the self service ticket machine. We press a few touch screen buttons and get no result. We ... read more
Nancy
Nancy
Nancy

Europe » France » Lorraine » Nancy July 10th 2017

Good bye Burgundy, we have had a fabulous time. Could we have stayed longer? Probably. But how long is long enough or too long? Our week here was long enough. We leave wanting more but very satisfied having seen and done what we had hoped plus more. We drive north to Nancy, a city we have not visited. Nancy is on our way to Calais and the Eurotunnel and the UK. We are not sure what to expect in Nancy but we’ll enjoy our visit anyway. Leaving Beaune we pass through acres of vineyards. Along the road we pass the weirdest of farm machines. These machines are specialized tractors designed to straddle the rows of vines. Some trim the vines, others are used for spraying. Those that spray have appendages that give the appearance of some ... read more

Europe » France » Burgundy » Chagny July 9th 2017

We wake to a wet morning. This has not happened many times on this trip. Perhaps today is the day we will wear our raincoats. Market days are a big feature throughout Europe. Each city, town or village has a day or two set aside for its market. Today we plan to be at the market in the village of Chagny. The weather is clearing so we are optimistic about keeping dry. The coats are packed just in case. The drive takes about fifteen minutes and in that time we have sunshine, drizzle and heavy rain. But on arrival in Chagny the rain stops. We put our coats on, just in case. It is as well we did. Light rain returns and our coats get wet for the first time in eight weeks. We cannot complain. ... read more
Beaune
Beaune
Beaune




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