Le Grand Hotel de Valenciennes
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
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No matter where you drive, you always see wind turbines. Sometimes a few, sometimes fields or rows of them. As we drive towards these scattered locations, notice the fields have drying corn, others sprouts of green or some obscure green crop. Piled ready for collection are gigantic heaps of sugar beet and potatoes, enormous haystacks, even though there's limited livestock seen, and farmers busy ploughing, cutting, gathering.
... a lot of it is dual carriage way, very straight and very empty . Between Arras and Cambrai we found a huge HyperU and got fuel at 1.24e /litre - less than a £1 !!! We also got some silicon mastic and a gun so that Rob could seal around the fridge/freezer, so we can use it on gas again and stay in an Aire tonight.
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... lined gum-boots and we did our last shop before our departure. Thursday morning, we headed down to the Harbour in Dover, and because we arrived in plenty of time and the ferries were running late, we were moved to an earlier boat, but then it was full-steam ahead for France!
When we landed in France, we made our way to Lens (near Lille) where we had the chance to have our first experience in an Aires du Camping. The camping spot in Lens is new, ...
... that she has heard ghostly horses whinnying along the paths round here. After breakfast we go to the famous War Cemetery at Thiepval, where the names of all the 77000 UK dead who had no grave are commemorated. The car park is full of English coaches and children from Hull and Beverly mill around us. One or two of them are well prepared. They sit at the computers, attempting to trace the names of their relations, but most are pretty confused. So ...
... Greece and Zanzibar, meeting old and new colleagues and friends, getting a lot of new adventures and experience and living my life the way i love it, I'm starting in exactly 1 week another backpack trip through Africa...just what I need right now, to become a stronger person....one year later, a totally different part of the world, a totally different trip, but still the same crazy adventurous me...I'm so ready for it!
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