Long drive today so set off bright and early.
Early certainly but not too bright as though the rain had stopped the sky was still looking grey and rather wet.
This of course is not a problem for an all-day driving day apart from Bob having to wipe the windscreen every now and then in case I wanted to take a photo.
Didn’t take many but it does keep me occupied and awake as we drive along trying to snap decent pictures. Being so high up in the cab of Tandy does give a distinct advantage for photos. I can see into all sorts of gardens that I’d completely miss lower down in a car !
Drove quite a lot of miles up and then across West Pleased to see that further north the buildings and houses are, to us, much more attractive once we got away, perhaps from the modern architecture of the city.
Then across the border and through the Ardennes to Belgium.
Belgium was characterised by flatness and dreadful (I do mean dreadful) road surfaces. You might think the British roads need some attention.
I can tell you a British pothole is nothing compared to a Belgian crater !
We weren’t using motorways at all (which are well surfaced) so it is the local roads round the towns which are a problem. We were pretty pleased when we crossed into France, just north of Lille and regained reasonably smooth roads again and Tandy, who was feeling a bit motion sick by this point, issued a huge sigh of relief.
The further North we got the better the weather and indeed the weather map had shown sunshine moving in from the north coast. By the time we arrived, mid afternoon at Eperlecques and our campsite, Chateau du Gandspette, the sun was out and the sky pretty blue. What a relief. Would have hated to finish this lovely sunshine trip with grey skies.
We’ve stayed here lots of times before. Perfect for a before or after channel crossing stop. I had phoned ahead to book as we know it can get full and couldn’t guarantee getting here early enough to be sure of a spot and we staying 2 nights so wanted to be sure.
Didn’t take me long to
get to the rather nice pool. One heated and full of happy children. One not heated and therefore full of just little me. Lovely.
Drink in the bar and then back to Tandy where I promptly fell asleep after dinner while Bob watched the campsite rabbits running round the pitches.
One last day and we needed supermarket stocks so as this site is so easy to get in and out of no problem going in Tandy where we filled our two collapsible crates with good things (mainly white wine for Bob but I always get a few bottles of ‘cooking wine’ and jus d’abricot. too).
Then we drove to visit La Coupole. This is a site where the Germans built V2 rockets intended to flatten London. The display pulled no punches in decrying the murderous activities of the Nazis with films about the occupation of this, Nord Pas-de-Calais, area, the building of the rockets using mainly prisoner of war labourers in dreadful conditions and then finally a film about the concentration camps. Very hard to watch some of it. Least we forget is all I can say.
Fortunately allied bombing in 1944 put
an end to the use of the site for rocket building.
Back at the campsite we went to the pool for a swim and a read in the sunshine. It really is a lovely pool area and there are plenty of sun-loungers to go round even though the campsite is pretty full. At least 50% British occupancy.
We ate in the campsite restaurant as a last night treat then fed the bunnies some old carrot and lettuce and watched them running around again.
Early start tomorrow 7.30 am so we’ll have breakfast once we’ve checked in for the Chunnel.
Everything all packed away, except this laptop.
See you in England.
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