Our last day today. We had to get up earlier than usual to take Bramble to the vet in Montreuil. He doesn’t like vets and had to be dragged around shaking. He was well behaved, though, and everything went very well with friendly vet, who luckily spoke very good English. It cost 50 E, though! What good business this pet passport scheme is for the French, but I see British vets missing out on visits from frequent travellers who are forced to take their pets to vets between 24 and 48 hours before being allowed back into Britain.
After that, we had breakfast and left for Audinghen, where we are on a France Passion site, Dominique Pruvost’s Cap Nature, on the D940, just under 1/2 hour south of the Channel Tunnel terminal
Such an early start meant that we were out of Montreuil’s Carrefourby 11.15 am, having stocked up on the usual essentials, such as wine, beer, cheese, etc. We arrived at this welcoming France Passion Farm just after 12 noon and were told by friendly hostess to camp wherever we pleased. We had beer in the sun at a bench strategically placed by wall and out of the wind with a view of the sea and England beyond. This was followed by lunch of usual local produce, a quick siesta and then did some shopping at the farm’s shop, which is very well stocked up with just about everything, including all kinds of flavoured lemonade, of which we chose mango, and very nice it is too, a
s we are enjoying a glass now even as we write.
After the shopping, we visited the German Bunker Museum, or Musee Todt, which is part of the Musee du Mur de L’Atlantique. The Blockhaus au Cap Gris Nez, which seems to be the proper name, is the most unusual I’ve ever seen and, of course, of great historic interest and terrifying display of all kinds of weapons, not least the German Railway Gun K5, which had a range of 86 km and, at 35 metres long, takes your breath away, just to think it could reach England from here.
We are hoping to use the Cap Nature’s restaurant tonight to finish our holiday in real French style. So, all in all, it has been a wonderful first holiday in our new Elddis Autostratus motorhome, and, apart from the left hand side window falling off again and a bit of a gas leak, it has all been plain sailing and we’re looking forward to our next adventure in may!