Beautiful Art Nouveau shop façades and weather-beaten houses fit for Miss Haveshim
As romantic as roadtripping through France may appear, unless you have a great deal of time to avoid the A roads it will be all motorway and truck stop stations. Every motor way in France is tolled, and quite heavily at that, so getting around the country can actually end up quite expensive. From Beauvais, where we finally got on the A16, to Calais, a two hour drive, cost us about 15€ in tolls. In saying that, a day trip from Paris to the Loire Valley or Champagne region, passing through all the small and quaint towns in between is well worth it. Especially for the brocantes along the way! But that's another post...
That, there, in the yellow crate is KALE! Was so so super excited to find it, Mr M thought I was having a fit!
Once we arrived at Calais the pups had to go through quarantine, then we all have to drive through customs - it is very bizarre handing over your passport as you would change at a 'Maccas' drive-thru - and then line up to be ferried onto the train. You then drive up and then down some ramps, onto a platform, next to it stationed a train with a gapping hole in the middle of its carriages, and drive onto and into the train, which looks likes like something from a Luc Besson film. They lock you in, four to a carriage, and about half an hour later you're in cheery ol' England.
The Folkestone Leas Lift, servicing beach visitors on weekends only.
There was no way Mr M and I were going to make it back to Paris the same day so Mr M booked us into the most charming 'public house' situated close to the coast, with a pub downstairs and small but comfortably furnished rooms above.
Castle Hotel, Saltwood
Euro Tunnel / Le Shuttle
The Green, Saltwood
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