Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
Trip End May 25, 2010

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Buffet Magnefique----Indeed it was! Cruel and unusual punishment to any iron-willed dieter. Needless to say, I was a pushover to the temptations, even though I was not in the least bit hungry. The pictures say it all.

This morning we arrived in Dover, skirting the white cliffs before entering through a large man-made sea wall into the protected harbor. As we approached through the channel you could make out both the shore of England as well as France in the far distance, something on the order of 20 miles separating the two countries. Close to Dover is the entrance to the tunnel under the ocean connecting England with France or the "Chunnel" or channel tunnel as they refer to it.

It was a good long way from the docks to the town; temperature was only in the upper 40s (around 11 deg C) so I decided to just walk it and hopefully duck into a few shops to warm up. Everyone here I talked to said it is unseasonably cold for this time of year. To this Florida softee it feels more like the Klondike. All I can say is it has to get better from here on...hopefully.

I walked all the way into and through Dover, investigating the shops and snapping pictures, walked all the way up the hill to the Dover Castle, but turned around short of going through the ruins. Wind was taking all the fun out of it. Stopped in a pub for a pint, and then hoofed it back to the ship. For the first time in a long while I had developed an appetite and a late lunch filled the bill.

We depart at 5 PM for our final destination of Hamburg, 315 more nautical miles, and we should be docked there by 8 AM on Saturday, the 15th of May
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