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Published: February 5th 2013
The cliffs of Dover
This day we should leave England and going home to Netherlands. I didn't want to go home. It felt too early to leave. I really had the feeling that I could stay at least some days or even one week (two weeks?) more. But we really had to go, we couldn't stay longer. We had to go back with the bus, and early. We had to gather 7.15 am (English time) by the bus. Our hotel, in Luton opened the breakfast earlier today, at 6.30 am (Normally at 7 am). We couldn't use the English traditional breakfast, but we had a good breakfast.
Arriving at 7.10 am almost everyone of the group was gathered by the bus. The luggage had to go in the bus. We should leave at 7.30, but we left 15-10 minutes earlier. We had to leave that early, because we had to pass the highways between London. Also, our ferry -from Dover to Calais- was booked at 11 am.
After one hour of driving, we had to stop. The bus driver had to tank the bus. We could leave the bus, the tanking would take around 10 minutes. So, time to go fast to the
Goodbye England! Thanks for your hospitality and the nice trip!
toilet and to walk a little bit. When we arrived at the harbor of Dover, we were very early. So, we went to the visitor centre of the harbor. There was a gift shop and some food-coffee shops, so time to take the last English tea!
Then, it was time to leave England. The embarkation was without any problems. Again, this time our ferry was the P&O ferry "Pride of Kent", the same ferry as we arrived in England. Quick, we went on deck to say goodbye to England. And there, the ferry slowly left the harbor and slowly came on open water. We saw the cliffs of Dover for the last time. We smelled the sea and when on open water, we decide to go to lunch. Then, it was time to see the mainland of Europe. Hello France! The brush-off went very quickly, and it was time to go back to Netherlands. When we were back in France it was 2 pm Dutch time (1 pm English time).
We traveled trough France and Belgium. We had some stops, going to the toilet and some time to walk. Sitting a whole day in the bus is very
tiresome. Gladly, I had some good books! When we were just over the border, our bus driver suggested to stop at a parking place at 5.15 pm (Dutch Time) for diner. However, we agreed that the time was too long, we wanted to leave a little bit earlier. A lot of people were tired and wanted to go home. Sitting and travelling a whole day in the bus is very not amusing: it makes you tired.
Then we arrived in Breda, we had to farewell the first members of the group. Also, Rick and Mary. Two group members, we shared a lot of time during excursions together. When we arrived at 7.15 pm in Tiel, we had to leave the bus. Effeweg had organized a small bus in Tiel, which drove us to our check-out point in Nijmegen. Of course, we didn’t forgot our luggage. Then, we said farewell and step inside the small bus. When we were arrived in Nijmegen, my parents were waiting to pick up Hans and me. Here, we said farewell to the other members and it was time to go home and drop off Hans by his place. When arrived, my dog was so
Back to home
glad that I was back. I was tired of the trip, and somewhere I was glad to sleep in my own bed again. However, I still wished I was still in England. I loved it there.
This is the last blog post of this trip. Hereby, I want to thank Effeweg for organizing our trip and the bus driver for the good care. I also want to thank Hans, Rick, Mary, Marit and her mother, Gerrie and the couple out of Maastricht for the nice company in the pubs and/or during the excursions.
I really enjoyed my trip to South-England, and I really would advice this to people who are interesting in (historical) culture and nature.
Thanks for reading my blog!
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