Vive La France!
Trip Start Feb 01, 2005
402Trip End Dec 31, 2013
We are sitting outside on the pavement, in the very French way, enjoying our first taste for this trip of the gastronomic delights of food and wine that is France.
We have the set 3 course menu of delicate terrine for starters, a main course of very tender beef bourgeon, and picture perfect fruit tart for desert.The wine is superb and we feel the ambiance, even though in French terms this is not an ambient place, being opposite the railway station, (very ornate and grand - but still a railway station) and with traffic going by, but we breathe in the "Frenchness" of it all and love it. Our accommodation is very basic and only 40 euros, but it is just above us, (well 4 flights up!) so we can just climb the stairs up to bed after wards.
It has been a long travel day involving a tube, 2 buses, the amazing Canterbury Cathedral and our first trip through the amazing tunnel between Britain and France nicknamed the Chunnel
After a quick lunch we waited at the designated stop for our Eurolines bus to take us to France but in vain. It became later and later, but eventually it arrived, albeit almost one hour late and we climbed aboard. It seemed like no time before we arrived at French customs and then our bus was driven onto a gigantic enclosed train carriage for our trip under the English Channel via one of The Seven Wonders Of The Modern World. The actual under water section took only 35 minutes – so much quicker than the ferry crossing.
Another couple of hours later and we arrived at our first French destination of Lille and walked to our booked accommodation
We are sad to have left the UK behind, but very happy to be back in France.
Footnote: Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine's Abbey and St Martin's Church are UNESCO World Heritage listed. The Euro Tunnel is one of The Seven Wonders Of the Modern World.