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The Chunnel and France. 2018 🇫🇷

Date: 11th July 2018

Travelled:  214 kilometres from Canterbury, England to Villers-Bretonneux, France


Stayed:  Sir John Monash Centre car-park, toilet nearby, free.  N49.88581, E02.50856

A quiet evening in the Canterbury P+R.  Cars start rolling into the huge car-park being the aire about 6am.  We are in no hurry this morning our train is not scheduled to depart until 6pm.

We have met so many Australian travelling this year and Canterbury P+R continue the trend.  We chat to a couple from Brisbane also driving a Hymer, they have just finished 7 months touring selling their Hymer this week and delivery it tomorrow.  Later another knock on the door a guy from Sydney who has been touring for several months in his motorhome as well.  He is Canterbury to meet his daughter.

Anyway we finally service the Hymer and start the drive to Folkstone and the chunnel station.  On arrival we are able to secure a booking on an hour earlier, so we settle down in the car-park with 90 minutes to wait.  Another knock on the door this time another Hymer owner comes over for a chat.  He is an interesting guy, now travelling by himself.  He plans a couple of month in Germany his favourite motorhoming place (and one of ours).

Time passes quickly by…our letter pops up on the big screen and we are soon driving onto the train.

Exiting in Calais some 35 minutes later, we roll out onto the A16 freeway, which soon becomes the E402 motorway.  Whilst we try to avoid the tollways normally we want to be in Villers-Bretonneux tonight.  So a fast run and pay the toll of €17.70 it is.  There is virtually no traffic, we only passing the odd truck in the 160+kilometres to Amiens, then the final 20 clicks to Villers-Bretonneux.

We have visited the Australian Memorial here twice before, but we thought we should come again to see the new Sir John Monash Centre.  Luckily enough it has a new car-park perfect for a motorhome or three.
It’s been a long day.  We settle in for dinner and a drink about 9pm overlooking this beautiful valley of the Somme.

Michael and Pam

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