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Czech Trip 2022 - Day 1

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I was up at 5.15am to get washed and dressed to set off for the ferry port at Dover. 

Most of the packing had been done the night before.

The ferry to Dunkerque was scheduled for 8am and due to increased security since we left the EU we were told to be there 2 hours before sailing time.

I arrived at 6.20am. The queue such as it was consisted of three cars. My passport was stamped and I was on my way to DFDS to check-in in about 5 minutes.

We then had over an hour of standing about before boarding. When we went to the ferry there were less than a dozen cars in the queue.
The crossing was smooth and it was nearer 11.30am when we emerged onto French soil. 

The idea to cross Belgium without stopping and into the Eiffel mountains and a scenic ride to near Koblenz.

Sadly this all went to pot when French and Belgian roadworks added more and more time to the trip. 

In the end we had to abort the cross country section mainly due to over an hour inching around Brussels. The ring combined roadworks and road closures. A great combination.

In the end we arrived at the hotel. Checking in meant phoning for a code to open the locked key box by the door. When it was booked we chose one with a restaurant and a bar.

The day before arrival we had a message via booking.com to say that these were closed. But that there were others nearby. We eventually ate at Zum Engel although they didn't seem too pleased to have us.

They closed as soon as a party at another table left.  

We eventually got another beer at the campsite down by the river. If we had gone there first we could have eaten too. The people much friendlier.

Posted by InvictaMoto 11:53 Archived in Germany Tagged czech_trip_2022

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