Goodbye Europe, Hello England

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
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Trip End Oct 01, 2012


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Picadilly Caravan Park Alcock

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Woke up to a lovely and clear sunny morning, of course, now that we are leaving here the weather comes good. There is a bonus to all this , we are crossing the channel this morning and hopefully the weather will make it calm. We did not have to catch the ferry until 11.35 am  did not have to rush at all. We were only 16km from Calais, a nice and easy drive. Arrived in Calais with plenty of time to spare, not too busy at customs as yet and got through pretty easy. This ferry was a lot nicer than the one we had coming over to Europe, and it was a good trip across. No hold ups on the Dover side either , in no time we hit the motorways on our way to Chippenham. By now the sky was changing and went from blue to grey very quickly. It started raining by the time we were half way to our destination but not too worry, we had a caravan park slotted in the Garmin so all was well. Basil got us there ok but when we arrived at the park the gate was closed with a big sign on it which read " Park Full " That was the first time that happened to us. It was a nice park as well, adults only and looked very clean and neat. So we turned around, asked Basil to come up with a few more parks and we picked the 1st one on the list. What a very pleasant surprise, despite the rain it looked lovely and best of all not full. The owner gave us a bitumised site to park on, so we did not have to worry about wet grass. A very nice welcome and we felt heaps better. Just booked in for one night and did not plan to leave the park at all, however it was pointed out to us that the village near the park was totally heritage listed and was very often used for movie scenes. So when the rain eased up a bit we walked to the village to see for ourselves. Out of this world, it is so old and well preserved and very much a living village. The village is called Alcock and is not very far from Chippenham. Rick and I were a bit hungry by now, so walked to the hotel ( built in 1368 by the way) and had a lovely dinner. Beautiful inside of course and very interesting as well.
We met and chatted to another couple that were dining at the hotel, and all in all had a very enjoyable evening. Our fellow diners were a mountain of information for us and gave us lots of advise on destinations for us to visit. We will keep in touch and probably seek their advise again. We will revisit Lacock again on the 16th and 17th of July, it will be a good base for our visit to Bath. Missed out last year but will make sure we get there this year.
Tomorrow we will revisit our favourite caravan park called the Trotting Mare. We have some very good memories of our stay there last year and promised to come back again. No problem, looking forward to it
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