Join Date: Jun 2007
My Motorhome: Hymer Exsis-i 504
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Post-covid trip to France
... Yes, I know covid hasn't finished with us yet... But it's the 1st time I've felt safe enough to venture this far.
I left Belfast c.11am Thu, had a great run down to Dublin and left port at 4pm for Cherbourg. They looked only at my passport before boarding, didn't ask for booking ref. Didn't have to surrender vehicle keys, went straight to cabin. Captain recommended mask-wearing and social distancing but said, in French waters, that was mandatory (tho plenty in the comfy recliner lounge thsi morning were paying no heed to that - elsewhere, and throughout the journey, compliance was good.)
Getting off - passport was checked, and stamped (oh, the feeling of horror!) and vaccine certification was asked for. I showed the page on the French AntiCovid app and he gave it a cursory glance. No request for the Sworn statement and no enquiries as to what might be in the fridge (I'd declined to ask for an EHU this time as they might have wondered why I needed it! However, the cent that sits on top of ice in an upturned bottle top had not sunk below the surface when I checked later on so I assume everything in there is still good to eat!)
I'd an easy ride down to raynipper's, in the sunshine! He was just back from a gruelling morning under the scanner so I took myself off to St Lô d'Ourville round the back lanes. Online had promised an ATM at the café-bar but they lied! I went to the pâtisserie and discovered I had only a £10 note (and N.Irish at that!) She said Oh take it, and pay me tomorrow! How lovely! I then went to the bar to see if I could blag a coffee there with the same deal. Nix. So walked to Portbail - where the Credit Agricole wanted €5 to give me my own money!! With both Starling debit and Halifax credit cards. No way!
I walked nearly 19,000 steps!! Had a great yarn with Ray n Prue over a cuppa n a glass of wine - what a lovely way to start the trip!
Pic 4 is Ray's parking area beside the house n the view is great this year cos there's no maize being grown in the field.