Mercure Calais Centre
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It absolutely bucketed down with rain last night while we were out having our evening meal so we weren't sure what to expect this morning. We woke to cloudy skies but dry tarmac. It was fairly evident straight away (without venturing outside) that the wind had picked up significantly.
I think we were on the road by around 09:00. We found our route out of Arras without difficulty but it wasn't long before we had a storm to contend ...
We were up at 6am in readiness to get down to the docks for an 8.25am ferry. Because we were all up and about by 6.30am, Tim suggested that we try for the earlier ferry at 7.25am. We all set off at 6.55am only to be caught in a queue being checked by the French customs, which is almost unheard of! Needless to say, we didn't leave any earlier and, after ringing our friend Doug to wish him a "Happy 70th Birthday", we boarded our original ferry at about 8am. We made straight for the ...
... Wednesday and we are getting a little edgy that another day is going to pass without any real knowledge of when ...
... white cliffs of Dover. It was really misty though with about a 50meter visibility, so England would have to wait just a bit longer.
Back at the site, the mist was a bit clearer, so we took the opportunity to have one last sunbathe. Tan also asked a woman to borrow a few cigs and she ended up giving us a whole packet of Gaulois. This made us very happy indeed. We repaid her with 2 packets of Haribo we'd had stored in the ...
... an effervescing river which leads directly to our lunch destination.
We greet David who has regrettably come alone as Orli has been unavoidably incommoded by staff at their London business. Despite this disappointment we enjoy a light lunch, drinks and banter well into the afternoon.
Time once again is our enemy and with brief parting words we set the GPS for the quickest route to Dover and head back for our 6.00 PM sailing.