We have finally arrived in France!!
After being frightened by such headines as “Nightmare Queues To Dover in Record Temperatures” yesterday, we made a late night bid to get as close to Dover as we could, leaving us parked in a random neighbourhood on a grass verge outside a Pub playing fantastic music that we were both too shagged to even bother crossing the road to listen to.
Turns out the queues were yesterday’s headline and today was another story leaving us early for the ferry. Luckily for us the ticket lady had lived in Whangaporoa and we were bumped up to an earlier crossing.
At 1 and 1/2 hours its not long before land comes into sight and we were quickly deposited in Europe. On the wrong side of the road!! No gentle introduction just BOOM.
The second issue was the phone had no internet connection despite saying “welcome to France and you are ready to go with no extra charges”.
No matter what I did NOTHING. Very frustrating not even being able to pull up a map. First lesson – download offline maps.
Despite a ban on McDonald’s in my life and stomach we relented for the promise of free internet. 1 chicken burger later only to be told their WIFI was down. Yes swear words happened.
To cut a long painful process short we have internet, we paid 2€ for water at our first water station and are on a free Aire found on my Camper Contact App, I have a chicken roasting in the oven and a cheap bottle of Portuguese Rose on ice.
Next issue – getting our gas bottle connected in France. Any advice would be much appreciated.