Monday, September 3, 2012

France Day 1 (Friday): Crossing the Chanel

We left Oxted around 6:00 in the morning and drove to Dover while listening to the audio book “Carrie’s War.” We got on the ferry and quickly ran to get seats in the cafeteria area upstairs. While the kids took off to explore, we adults had some of the breakfast we’d brought and tried (not very successfully) to get forty winks before disembarking for France. When we got off the ferry in Calais, we went to the nearest Carrefour supermarket to stock up on provisions, including a seemingly unlimited amount of bread, cheese, pate, and Bonne Maman strawberry jam. Then we drove for several more hours until we reached Chartres. After dumping our stuff at the hotel, we headed into the town to walk around and find something to eat. We took some photos outside Chartres Cathedral and then meandered through the medieval streets at our leisure. We enjoyed a pizza dinner at a small restaurant
where I ordered my first ever menthe a l’eau – I’ve been wanting to do that since 8th grade! When we got back to the hotel, the twins and the parents and I walked over to the nearby McDonalds for flurries and a coffee. A nice American ending to a multicultural day!

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