Tuesday 30 August 2011

30th August Homeward Bound

The Auberge Des Moisson turned out to be a modern well equipped hotel with an excellent restaurant. The only downside was the abundance of English speakers as being around 3 hours from Calais it is an excellent place to break your journey. The Logis is only a short distance from Challons En Champagne and Epernay.

We had a large room with a WC separate from the bathroom. We had booked half board and so were given a set meal without any choice. Once they explained what we were going to have, we were quite happy. A filo pastry goats cheese parcel with julienne of vegetables and a honey sauce; Blanquette de Veal, a selection of cheese from the cheese board and a caramel mousse on a white chocolate base. This was washed down with a ‘coupe de champagne’ and a good bottle of wine. Unfortunately the latter were not included in the price. The breakfast was equally good and afterwards we had time for a short bike ride along the Marne canal.

The morning was an ideal temperature and we would have liked to have gone further but had to check out by 11 am and we had a ferry to catch. Stopped at a supermarket for some beer, Calvados and presents and then it was onto the Peage. (approximatelyt 24 Euros to Calais). The Brexton set came out at one of the Rest stops for a picnic.

The French are so much better equipped than we are in the UK with the rest areas being set up with toilets and picnic tables. Arriving in Calais we had time to fill up with diesel and also get some Czech Budvar. Turn of the A16 at junction 3 and turn right at the roundabout away from Calais. The Total service station is after about 400 meters on the right hand side and several wine and beer warehouses are behind it. The beer safely stowed, it was then to the ferry Port and a short queue for customs then the wait for the ferry. The temperature has steadily dropped as we have moved North and not even halfway across the Channel the cloud came down. Welcome to England.

Landing in Dover it was time for fish and chips before the drive home.

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