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Setting off on our continental adventure

Dover to Calais and onward

overcast 17 °C

We were off! Finally! The registration papers and my UK licence had arrived while we were in Scotland and after a few days catching up and sorting out final bits and pieces for the van we were ready to go.

We booked our ferry crossing and headed to London to pick up our Egyptian and Moroccan souvenirs from Tom and Becs. After a quick cup of tea and catch up we headed to Dover where we parked up for the night near the port.

We woke up early to make sure there were no dramas getting the ferry and promptly discovered a flat tyre. Panic stations people! After a lot of struggle, Matt had to kick the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts and there was no obvious place to set up the jack, we had it changed and headed to the ferry with only 30 minutes to spare. Thankfully there is very little in the way of passport and customs checks from the UK to France and we got on the ferry with no more dramas.

We drove down to the Somme admiring the countryside and stopping briefly at some Australian WWII monuments before parking up for the night next to a field.

The next day we found the major monument to the Australians and a beautifully kept graveyard with far too many “unknown Australian soldier” headstones. It was beautiful and sad. This was the area Matt’s great grandfather had served.

Our European tour had begun.

Posted by Addy21 02:21 Archived in France Tagged wwii dover somme calais

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