Je suis le coureur virtuel

Sat outside in the sun on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon.

Things are going well at the moment.  By ‘well’ I mean that I am still feeling good and motivated even though I haven’t run in the past few days.  I’ve just been busy as I need to prepare for a trip I’m taking in a week or so to Normandy, France.

I’ve been living in the UK for more than 12 years now and although I’ve been to Paris I’ve never been to northern France; which is an area I’ve always wanted to travel to.

I have a strange fascination with things relating to the the second world war and I’m interested to see all of the historical sites and beaches where so many of our brave soldiers fought for our freedom.

For our trip to France I decided to book a holiday through Eurocamp.  I’m not sure if any of you have used them before (I haven’t) but you can book either a static caravan type thing, tent, safari tent or a pitch for your own tent/caravan.  The holiday company also allows you to book your ferry as part of the trip (you take your own car).  Our whole trip for a week (including the ferry) cost just over £500.  Now, having stayed in cottages etc in England quite a few times over the years this is an absolute bargain.  Yeah, we have the cost of fuel but we would have the cost if even if we were travelling somewhere in the UK.

I mean, it’s only about 1 1/2 hours to the ferry terminal from our house and then another hour or so at the other end to where we are staying.  We’ve travelled much further than that in the UK for breaks!

I think the biggest thing has been preparing for the trip in our own vehicle.  I mean, you need to have certain things in your car to be legal in France (hi visibility vests, warning triangle, GB sticker, first aid kit, etc) and on top of that you have to have a good idea where you’re going to go.  We haven’t made any specific plans nor have we set an itinerary but I’ve had a look and identified a couple of places I’d like to travel to.  We’ve also got two different maps as well as a satellite navigation system (GPS) with maps of western Europe on it.  We should be fine getting around as long as I remember to remind myself to drive on the right hand side of the road!

Coming from Canada originally I’m used to driving on the right hand side of the road, however driving on the right hand side of the road whilst also being on the right hand side of the car may be a bit strange.  I imagine it will take about 10 min – 30 min to get used to it.

As for France itself, I’m slightly concerned about conversing in French (or attempting to) because I am rubbish at French.  I took French lessons as part of every-day school for 11 years but that was a long time ago. I haven’t used French in some time and at the moment I’m lucky to be able to say ‘My name is Jamie’.  Going to be amusing.

That’s it for today.  I hope you’re all having a great weekend and if you want a free plug to your own blog from mine then let me know.  I’m happy to consider posting links to others on here.

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