We drove to Folkestone on Saturday to catch the Eurotunnel train to
We drove up to the entrance
booth and a screen immediately said “Welcome Mr Paul! You’ve missed your train,
would you like to take the next available one?”
We've always been impressed by the efficiency of Eurotunnel but
the passport/border control took longer than usual.
"Where are you going?"
Slightly nonplussed Paul replied “France?”
“How long for?”
“I don’t know.”
“What is the purpose of your visit?”
“We are going to our French house.”
"Is that a raccoon on your back seat?"
"No, that's Rick."
In the past we have just been waved straight through.
We had a two and a half hour drive to our hotel on the outskirts of
We were too tired to eat out so
we ordered room service, stretched out on our king-size bed and watched the
French version of The Voice.
The following day we set off at
7.30 a.m., took the ring road round Paris and headed south on the motorway, we
are always impatient to get to our destination so we avoid the pretty rural roads and take the fastest route. We
arrived at our little hamlet just after 2.00 p.m.
In the past we have occasionally taken the overnight ferry across the
English Channel from Portsmouth to Caen.
This is a more relaxed route with less driving but does mean hanging
around at the exit port for a long time waiting to board the ferry.
This particular crossing doesn’t allow dogs
in the cabin (they have to be put in kennels on board) so Rick isn’t too keen
on this option.
The third way of getting here is by air, flying from either Toulouse or
Bergerac to Bristol.
It is fast and easy but we
then have to hire a car from the airport.
When Ryanair were doing their crazy ‘penny’ flights a few years ago we flew back from
the UK one November just to cut the grass!
It’s a long way down and lots of hours’ driving but that is all forgotten
when we sit on our terrace and enjoy the sunshine and beauty of our
And the cheap wine!
(I love that Trains and Boats and Planes song, can't decide if I prefer the Billy J Kramer version or Dionne Warwick)