Friday, 22 October 2010

Travelling back to the UK - Part 2

The second part of our journey back to the UK. See part 1 HERE   All photos can be enlarged with a simple click.

I loved this tree lined stretch of road just after Montreuil-sur-Mer. The road is numbered N1 and was the old main road southwards from Calais, before all the motorways were built.

We stopped overnight with friends, also not too far from Montreuil.  It was good to see them again and catch up with all their news.  It was also lucky for us that there was just enough space to squeeze our frozen food from the freezer box into their deep freeze overnight.
After a substantial cooked breakfast the following morning, we rescued the food from the freezer, packed it back into the car, and we were on our way to Calais and the ferry.  We made an early start, as  the day before there had been a few problems with fuel shortages, due to the strikes in France. Our friend had checked the website for us and there appeared to be no problems on this day, but you never know.......
Another one of the beautiful French regional road signs. The Opal coast was, and is, very popular with tourists. The resort of Le Touquet has many (expensive) holiday homes and was a favourite with the English royal family early in the 20th century. It had what I think was one of the first airports in France and one could make day trips from England in the nineteen thirties! The Christmas light display is absolutely spectacular; no words can describe it, see a few of these photos HERE
I nearly missed this jumping horse on the bridge, but luckily the camera switches on very quickly!

I was ready for this guy, who I think is an archer, but on second thoughts maybe he is going fishing or playing tennis!
The sunrise was stunning, but only seconds later, the sun was directly in our eyes and Nigel had a real problem driving, especially so, as we were unable to read the road signs!
Phew, we made it.  As we were early, I asked if there was any chance of catching an earlier ferry, but we were told "no", as it was just leaving.  We went off to park in line ready for the next one, but as we arrived there, the last two trucks were being loaded onto the earlier ferry and we were waved forward.   Our lucky day; they let us aboard as the very last vehicle to load, the gangplank was raised and we were on our way. Two hours saved!

I will upload the final part of the journey in the next few days; this will be on the ferry (very dirty, salty windows so it was difficult to take photos) and the final drive through the UK. 

36 comments:

  1. hey beautiful pics. thanks for sharing about journey ..reminded me of my past days..
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  2. Arni and I have been to Le Touquet a few times, we had loads of fun there.. Also drove down to Montreuil-sur-Mer and walked the ramparts .. !

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  3. Diane, thank you for sharing the photos with us. I so enjoy seeing all your photos from another part of the world! You got some very interesting ones.

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  4. Great to visit with friends on a road trip. Interesting sculptures on the bridges and gorgeous sunrise. You were lucky to catch the earlier ferry.

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  5. Home again, home again... what a lovely trip you took. I can't wait to see the countryside from Calais onward...(so much nicer on a ferry than in the dark cave of chunnel... ugh!!) I think of the Errol Flynn movie where they all break into song on the boat when the see the cliffs of Dover...

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  6. Student accomodation, I am glad I am bringing back memories for you. Glad you have returned, Diane

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  7. Anne, you must plan a Christmas trip to Le Touquet, it is amazing. Montreuil-sur-Mer is a lovely town. We usually only have 'flying' visits there when staying with our friends, but I would like to see it properly. Diane

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  8. Lyndsey I am glad you are enjoying the trip. France is a lovely country to travel in, so many things different to what I have seen before. Diane

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  9. Gaelyn it was lucky we caught the early ferry; it made a huge difference to our trip time. There are many sculptures on the bridges in Northern France also a lot of mosaic designs on the sides. The latter are not so easy to see at the moment as the vegetation has obviously been growing quite vigorously this year! Diane

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  10. lostpastremembered, not really home for me!! For several years now we call the house here, Nigel's house, the one in France is Diane's house! In fact they are of course our houses but....

    I hate the tunnel, I get very claustrophobic and it gives me the creeps! I love the ferry and yes of course the white cliffs of Dover. I have to say there is very little to view from the highway traveling through the UK so the pictures are not as interesting as France. Diane

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  11. A familiar journey to us as well, the long drive to the UK, but not the same route as yours. It was worth leaving early to see that beautiful sunrise!
    Great news you were able to watch the video today. I hope you will be able to enjoy the Sunday Song posts as well sometimes. Have a good weekend.

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  12. Lindy you have a longer journey than we do but yes I am sure parts of it are familiar. It will be good to see the Sunday song videos, but this weekend is crammed full sorting out family! Hope you have a good weekend also. Diane

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  13. Thanks Pam. I hope you enjoy the rest of the trip as well. Diane

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  14. Impressive place and shots along the way you have here... I can feel the coolness of place.

    Happy Weekend!

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  15. Lani it is a beautiful drive even on the highways. Have a good weekend. Diane

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  16. I love your friend's driveway! I'm so enjoying your trip!

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  17. Is there any part of France that is not potentially beautiful? I know that there has been a lot of protesting over the raising of the retirement age-all will settle down soon.

    Enjoy your time back in the UK!

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  18. It's great to go on the journey with you. I especially like the view to your friend's house. How wonderful to have property like that.

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  19. Thanks for sharing this beautiful journey, you have a nice weekend.

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  20. Marjie our friends house, barns and stables are as impressive as the driveway. Problem is the restoration and upkeep is a never ending expense. Diane

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  21. Velva we live in the country in France and everyday I see beauty around me. The large towns are also beautiful, but as with any large town there aways is a problem of some sort, though I think France is probably much safer than other countries where I have lived. The strikes are a problem but yes thet will eventually sort that all out. Diane

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  22. Joyful the house and grounds are amazing so long as one can afford the upkeep!!!! Diane

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  23. Thanks Sonia, you have a good weekend as well. Diane

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  24. Diane, great pics as always! That's interesting with the statues on the roadway. Not quite sure of the significance. Are there museums at those locations? France is so beautiful!

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  25. Wonderful perspectives on the two shots on top, Diane!

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  26. Great trip back!
    Enjoy your winter months in the UK, we hope you'll be back soon in spring!
    As you said, you'll still be posting, so we'll be in touch regularly!
    Cheers and keep well, Diane!

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  27. Pam, I am also not sure of the significance. I always presumed that it was areas were golfing, show jumping etc were held. As it is in the North of France we do not know the area well other than driving through it. Yes France is beautiful. Diane

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  28. Thanks JM, taking photos straight in front from the car is by far the easiest!! Diane

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  29. Noushka, I will be back ASAP but I guess I have to wait until the end of March, that seem such a long time :-( It is already cold here so by January I will be frozen!!!!
    For sure we will be in touch regularly. Diane

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  30. Looking at your blog is like taking a mini vacation! I love the photos you take and your writing brings me right along on your journey.

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  31. Linda, thanks so much for your very kind comments, I am glad that you are enjoying the trip. Have a good day. Diane

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  32. The blogger is doing its number about dropping my comments...nothing new about that.
    Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your road trip. Seems that you had some lovely country side
    to view on your return to the UK.

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  33. Mya, there seem to be odd problems on and off all the time for one thing or another, but in general it could be much worse!!
    Glad you have enjoyed the trip, the last part is not so interesting, or I don't think so.... Diane

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  34. There are some lovely photos!

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  35. Thanks Jan. Our friends up North have had a few wind turbines put up in sight, but at this stage they are far enough away not to be a problem! Diane

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