Travelled: Watten in France to Canterbury in England.
Visited: Canterbury, Canterbury Cathedral £12 pp
Stayed: Canterbury P&R Aire £6, all the usual services. N51.26170, E01.10001
Budget: 110 days @ €80 per day.
Watten aire provided a quiet evening and a ready jump off spot for the Chunnel station in Calais as usual. Only problem being our departure booking for 7.50am requires us to check-in by of 7.20. So we depart Watten at 6.30 am, the problem being its still pitch dark in northern France until 8 am. As we roll out of Watten into the morning traffic, I think this is the first time I have driven in the dark for 4 months. Bit un-nerving really, must be getting old, I suppose.
There is very little traffic and we roll into the terminal check-in and through to border control. There is a van and a station wagon in front of us. We can see about a dozen police and soldiers, so security is tight this morning. We even have a soldier look into the Hymer and ask for the bathroom door to be opened to check. Better safe than make the evening news…
One of the things we least like about Britain apart from the ridiculously expensive food and drinks in the pubs and paying £1.25 for diesel, is that you have to pay to park virtually everywhere. If you need to stay for more than an hour or two, the P&R is the cheapest and most convenient option. You still have to pay but its normally the two hour rate for 24 hours and you get a free bus ride to town. Hence Canterbury P&R.
We leave the Cathedral, following our map looking for the old city walls. A long section can apparently still be walked.
We bus back to the P&R without incident and spend a quiet evening after our early start in France and long walk around Canterbury.
In the morning we do the usual servicing of the Hymer and continue west to visit family for a few days, get some new tyres on the front of the Hymer and spend a few days cleaning and packing. Hence this is our last blog for 2017. Thanks for coming on the journey with us. We will tidy up the maps and budget links when back in Oz as well as sorting the subscription service which has driven me mad for 4 months.
Michae and Pam