So after another busy morning working at Asda, I met Buffy at the store in Hyde and we started our journey southwards. Our first stop was in Cheltenham. Although Cheltenham is in part of the country I have visited many times, its one of the only places there I have never before stopped in. The reason we stopped this time is because my mate Dan is now posted here and so we were stopping by on our way for a beer or 6 and to have a night out with him. Dan had visited us last week where he let Buffy try on his gas mask, so we wanted to return the favour and see some of his favourite haunts. It was a good night, starting with teh 6 nations rugby in 'Apres' bar, followed by the Man United game on the massive screen. Beer flowed over dinner and continued as we made our way round town to a rock bar and then an Irish pub before heading back to our hotel just about midnight.
|Buffy with Dans respirator on.|
|Dan and Buffy play with the Statues in Cheltenham.|
|The Magic roundabout sign....|
|The actual road layout|
One I confused Buffy enough we set out again to our next destination - The Eurotunnel.
|Loading onto the train|
|Driving at 17mph in a train the width of a wide corridor.|
Calais itself was actually surprisingly nice. I have only ever passed through whilst getting the tunnel or a ferry, so to spend the night was good fun. We had a lovely walk around the town and up to the beaches where the ferries pass by just a little off shore and the fisherman catch their prey off a long wooden pier . There are surprisingly a few nice buildings like the town hall and an old lighthouse tower, which gives the town an nice historical look about it. We stayed in a lovely tradition looking hotel just in the town centre and loved every minute of it, as well as enjoying a huge French meal, once the chef had put us off eating something more traditional and made from the intestines of pigs.
|The old lighthouse tower|
|Awesome french warning sign!|
|Weird French advert|
|The town hall and a statue|
|Buffy enjoying the park and fountain|
Our exploring took us out of Calais and to a place called Cap le blanc nez - or The White Nose - a cliff overlooking the ocean with a memorial atop and old German military bunkers spotted around it. A really cool place where we also got our first glimpse across the sea to spot the White Cliffs!
On the way back to town we also stopped at a small military cemetery where we spent some time paying our respects whilst reading the immaculately kept gravestones from the 1st world war.
|England from France - Its really that close!|
|The bunker under Blanc Nez|
|The military cemetery in Sangatte|
|The immigrants camp, with ferry in the background.|
|Dodgy looking geezers trying to find a way across the channel|
|Driving onto the Ferry|
|Huge Sofa on the ferry!|
|Room for more than 2 and really comfortable|
|He made do with a small seat - sorry mate!|
|Buff and the White cliffs|
|Even closer to home.|