On the ferry, leaving Calais harbour.
Our first view of the UK; the "White Cliffs of Dover". This photo was taken from the ferry, through salt covered windows!
The White Cliffs of Dover are cliffs which form part of the British coastline, facing the Strait of Dover and looking across the English Channel to France, about 20 miles away. The cliff face, which reaches up to 107 metres (351 ft) above sea level, owes its striking façade to its composition of chalk (pure white calcium carbonate) accentuated by streaks of black flint. The cliffs spread east and west from the town of Dover in the county of Kent, an ancient and still important English port. The cliffs have great symbolic value for Britain because they face towards Continental Europe across the narrowest part of the English Channel, where invasions have historically threatened, and against which the cliffs form a symbolic guard. Because crossing at Dover was the primary route to the continent before air travel, the white line of cliffs also formed the first or last sight of the UK for travellers.
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Leaving the ferry at Dover.
Driving through the ferry terminal at Dover, with the White Cliffs in the background.
This is on the M25 four lane ring road all around London. The sign reads "Congestion, stay in lane, 50mph". We think this sign was inaccurate,as there was no congestion, but these gantry signs are notoriously unreliable. If you dare drive faster than 50mph while the signs are up, however, the cameras will zap you and you get a fine in the post!!
The planes were flying over at very regular intervals as we neared Heathrow Airport, west of central London. London Heathrow, in the London Borough of Hillingdon is the largest airport in the UK. It is the fourth busiest airport in the world, in terms of total passenger traffic and it handles more international passengers than any other airport in the world. It is also the busiest airport in the European Union in terms of passenger traffic and the second busiest in terms of traffic movements, second to Paris CDG airport in Paris, France.
I gave up with the camera after this; there is little of the countryside to be seen from the road on this route. Everything is built-up area, concrete and tarmac and the drive loses all viewing interest!!