A ten day trip to Northern France

imageimageCalais, France imageWell, having just posted a picture of my dog I decided it was really time to catch up with my blog.  So, recently we took a trip to Northern Fance in our new motorhome.  The weather was cold but we were cosy warm in our insulated van.  We had a wonderful time and the key word was ‘leisurely’.  We did not drive very far but we walked and watched the world go by.  Brilliant.

So here is A peek inside my art travel journal.

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All in all, we decided this was the way we liked to travel.  No set destination and the only timescale set by the outward and return ferry times.

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Final stages of our Arctic road trip

So, we travelled down to Trelleborg in Sweden to catch the ferry to Rostock.  It was an old ferry, the cabin rather musty and no hot water until the morning.  But it was a safe crossing and we arrived in Rostock, Germany in the morning sunshine.

Crossing from Trelleborg, Sweden to Rostock Germany
Crossing from Trelleborg, Sweden to Rostock Germany

We then drove to Vegesack to a Stellplatz we stopped at on the way north.  We like the area and we spent three days relaxing the sunshine, walking along the banks of the Weser and I ran each morning.  Coffee stops in the town centre and a great pizza restuarant all added up to a peaceful time after our long drives.

Three days in Vegesack
Three days in Vegesack

On Saturday 28th June we headed off for the ferry port at Hoek van Holland spending the whole day travelling slowly and stoping off for drinks, food and sitting in the sunshine.  We arrived in good time for the overnight crossing back to the UK.

Giant deck chairs on the roundabout before the port
Giant deck chairs on the roundabout before the port

Another great crossing and we felt rested enough to drive from Harwich straight back home arriving in the afternoon back in Devon.  We had driven over the month over 4,000 miles.  A great experience.

Once home we were greeted by our dog Pippin and our land completely overgrown and looking more like the forests we had left behind in Finland and Sweden.  It has taken us three weeks to tame it and I am now ready to start more arty stuff again.

Back home after a 4,000 mile road trip
Back home after a 4,000 mile road trip