Friday, 24 January 2014

We’re on our way…..

We left Northampton after lunch yesterday, Folkestone bound.  We had a fairly good journey, a bit slow through miles of road works on the M25.  We used the Dartford Bridge crossing for the first time – my God, but it’s high!!  We got to the Holiday Inn Express at about 5pm.  Poor Ozzy couldn’t understand what was going on, got over-excited and tiddled on the carpet!  Good start!  However, he crashed out and slept most of the evening, and didn’t seem to mind being in the same room as us all night.  We got up at the unearthly hour of 6 am, had breakfast, filled the car and were at the Eurotunnel check in in time to catch the train half an hour earlier than the one we’d booked.



After a very quick 25 minute crossing we were disembarking in La Belle France – weak sunshine greeted us, which didn’t last long.

P1240005 Just off the train, remembering to drive on the right

We were straight on the motorway and heading south.  It was wonderful to drive on almost empty roads


Hardly any traffic

We had another good journey, except for around Rouen – the bridge we needed to use has been closed for some time, and ‘Naggin’ Nora’ the satnav sent us the wrong way, then made impossible demands.  After getting hopelessly lost and doing an illegal u turn, we managed to get back on track and crossed the Seinne  at another bridge.  We were soon back on the right road.  Next came Alencon where we have booked an Ibis Hotel for the night.  It seems that I didn’t make a very good decision, it’s right in the centre of town and I failed to notice when I booked that they have no parking!  Luckily there is pay parking right outside and we were very fortunate to bag a space right outside the door.  We have paid just €2 for parking until 9 am tomorrow morning.  There is no tea or coffee available in the room, which is a disaster for the morning!  I think we’ll look for somewhere else to stay on the way back!.  Also there is nowhere grassy to take Ozzy for tiddles and poohs.  Oh well, I’m sure he’ll manage around the back in a side street just this once.  Onward journey tomorrow.


  1. Enjoy your break. See you when you are back in Blighty
    X Lesley

    1. Thanks Les, yes, we'll get together in March. Hope you are enjoying Mkt Harborough. xxx

  2. Hope it works well for you. Enjoy. We are just back from a short break in Scotland. Just what we needed.
    Barbara and Dave xx

    1. Thanks Barbara, glad you enjoyed your break. xxx

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  4. Hello I follow your blog when I am at sea working and find it very entertaining.
    Anyway I read about you getting lost in Rouen,,,,you are not the first one as the diversion is hopeless.
    Gill and I have a nice route to avoid the diversion which I have added directions below, the reason is we have a house in St Georges le Gaultier about 27k from Alencon which we lived in full time for eight years before returning to the UK due to ill health in 2010 but we are OK now and we still have the house.We now live in Anderton on the Trent and Mersey canal and love to watch the boats go past and maybe one day we shall get a narrow boat.
    I have put these driving directions together for part of the route from the A28 at Alencon to where you join the A28 again above Rouen.
    This route is to avoid Pont Mathilde which was damaged by fire 1 1/2 years ago and is being rebuilt and takes about ten minuets longer that the more direct route.
    Head North on A28 towards A13/E46 Rouen.
    Join the A13 and head towards Rouen.
    Come off the A13 at J23 (Centre/Elbeuf/Grand Couronne) and Follow the N138
    (you will eventually see an overhead board with the diversion A150 and A151) keep to the left here.
    Follow the N338 to roundabout take the 5th exit onto N1338 then at the next roundabout take the 1st exit and stay on N1338 heading to A150/Dieppe/Le Havre over the Seine on Pont Gustave Flaubert follow to join the A150.
    Come off the A150 and follow A151 follow signs for Fécamp/Le Havre/Malaunay/Dieppe
    Take the exit onto A29 toward Amiens/Calais Toll road.
    Continue on until you find A28 N Calais.
    After that sat Nav should be good.
    I had put a link to my driving directions but for some reason it was corrupted hence posting twice as I deleted my 1st comment, sorry for that.
    Hope you have a great vacation.
    All the best
    Simon and Gill

  5. Simon, thanks so much for that, it will help us enormously on our return journey. Glad you are enjoying the blog.
    Pip x


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