Trip Start Dec 15, 2009
92Trip End Aug 27, 2010
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The challenge ahead was to make it to Calais (France) for 7pm in time to return our rental car and catch the 8pm ferry to Dover (England). Doesn't sound too bad? Well, from Vejle to Calais is over 1000km and the route would take us through Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. With almost half of the journey on the German autobahns, we thought it’d be easy to make it on time. Unfortunately however, Germany didn’t pan out as expected … there were so many sets of road works on the autobahn that Germany ended up having the lowest average speed. Black BMWs and Audis were also strangely absent this time, so our only assumption is that they knew a faster route or used some high-tech advantage to avoid the roadworks
Grampy was waiting for us in Dover and after an almost four hour drive we finally arrived back in Somerset at 1am, having left Vejle 18 hours, 1500km and 6 countries earlier! Phew, what a day; tiring, but remarkably smooth given all that could have gone wrong.
Having just listened to Bono the previous evening talking about their new song Glastonbury it was almost surreal to be back in Somerset, so close to Glastonbury again where the boys had been unable to perform....maybe next year they'll make it? Better get those ticket applications in.....
The next day we took things easy and while Sarah and her Mum spent the morning shopping, the kids had a wonderful time playing with cousins Phoebe and Hannah
Our final day in England the kids wanted nothing more than to spend more time with Phoebe and Hannah (thanks Auntie Sarah for putting up with them!) and the day was finished off with a lovely dinner with Great-Granny. Given the distance between them and the frequency of meetings, it’s wonderful to see the cousins having so much fun together and forming those all important family bonds. After all of the driving and rushing around in mainland Europe it was lovely to have a few relaxing days chilling out with family and friends……