Ibis Lille Roubaix Centre
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... ruins and glory that survives almost everywhere. Our only difficulty all year was in obtaining spices to cook at home or restaurants with (exotic) spicy food which we seek every so often. A small price to pay. To all at home who have provided support and assistance with our home and mail etc. we thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone. My turn! What a fabulous year this has been, with "facetime" everyone has seemed so close, ...
After more than 36 hours of travel we have arrived in Lille, France. Mike took us down to the airport where we boarded our first flight to Dubai. Unfortunately there was a bit of a delay, as due to the strong winds, they could not keep refuelling the plane. The 14 hour flight wasn't too bad and we even got a little sleep. The second leg to London passed pretty quickly, and as the plane wasn't full, we even had a bit of room to stretch out, ...
... for a lock, was a coot sitting on a bit of floating plastic, flapped it wings so the plastic moved along. It was like it was surfing!
We changed flags as we crossed the border with John whistling the Europe national anthem! The only way you could tell the border is the trees changed styles.
At our final lock which we shared for the first time today, with 2 other cruisers, Isi got soaked getting into it as it had a guillotine gate raised up, so ...
... of me did a sort of heavy sigh as it would have been good to have brought CAT too, but with no roof and some pretty iffy weather, a boot not really conducive to buying cases of wine and dodgy parking in Belgium, I had opted for the sensible option and we are here in Lisa's comfort wagon.
Once on the ferry, I asked the information desk if they could possibly post my letter.We went through the same loops, was it filled with explosives? Well, ...
... a long lunch until we got back onto the buses for some more battlefield touring.
Our first stop after the break was at the grave of WC Old Boy, Douglas Harle. His story is particularly tragic as Douglas was killed in the first engagement he was involved in, and did not even get the chance to put up a fight but that is after all the grim reality of war. If a bullet or a shell has your name on it, there's nothing you can do about it.
We then had a quick drive ...