Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Our weekend adventure ~ England!

Matt & Karen headed off Friday morning for a weekend away in Brussels.  Aaron & I decided that we wanted to go someplace as well.  We tossed around the idea of different cities in Germany, or heading up to Enschede {where my Mom lived before she moved to Canada}, as well as a place in Belgium we had only driven through on our way to Luxembourg a few weeks earlier.  But none of that held real excitement when we talked about it.

I started to browse the map via Google, and realized that Calais France was only about 3-1/2 hours away by car, and that was the spot for the Chunnel to Dover, England.  When I asked Aaron what he thought of that idea, he was totally on board for it!

I picked up Aaron on Friday after work and we headed down to Calais, where we stayed in a hotel that you had to book yourself into.  When we arrived the gate was closed for cars, but you could walk in.  At the kiosk outside the main door you entered your confirmation code and it printed out your room number, as well as the gate code, which was also your room door code.  Kind of odd!

In the morning we headed to the train station to get into the Chunnel.  We were both a bit nervous since you go 75 metres (250 ft) deep at the lowest point, and it is 38 kms (23 miles) long.  It only takes about 35 minutes to cross, and thankfully it is quiet and lit bright in the rail cars.

When we got into England, it was, as usual, foggy.  And since the driving is on the opposite side of the road, I was helping to keep us from getting in accidents, and didn't take too many pictures.  This though was a sign that you saw lots of near the on ramps to the "motorway".

Some of the other shots I was able to get:

Dover Castle

We decided to brave the roads and head up to Canterbury to see the cathedral there.  

It was, of course, bright and sunny when we left Sunday morning, but we had to catch a certain train back, so we didn't get to take many pictures.

And I finally got my France sign as well! :)

Check out the rest of the pictures here.



  1. So, is England the only country in Europe that drives on the left?

    Did you mind the fog? I think I would have been disappointed if there wasn't at least a little fog-so British and all. :)

  2. All of Great Britain & Australia ~ countries that have been settled by the British, except for Canada ...

    The fog was ok, and I think I would have been disappointed too, but it would have been nice for it to burn off by about lunch or so, that way I could have taken some good shots of the countryside! :) It was a beautiful place, what we got to see on Sunday morning.

  3. The churches are so lovely! Well, all of it is...