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Old 18 Aug 19, 05:15 PM  
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Today is transfer day...we leave Orpington for la belle France!

We had booked our Eurotunnel for 11.35am, and having found out that junctions 9-11 of the M20 were closed we decided to leave Orpington for 9am.

The journey down was pretty uneventful, with the Waze app happily diverting us away from the worst of the back ups.

We arrived at Eurotunnel check in abou 10.15am and were offered an 11.20am departure which we accepted.



A quick stop off at the Eurotunnel departure point for a Starbucks and we were on our way - allons-y!



An uneventful crossing and it was a quick pitstop at Aire du Zutkerque for a quick spot of lunch. Why do we not have these Aires in the UK? A quite area just off the motorway with toilets and a picnic area - every 20km. Brilliant.


Here's Charlotte showing off her french t-shirt!

We poodled on down to our next AirBnb in Compiegne, about 50 miles north east of Paris.

We chose to stop off partly as we know it takes about 3-4 hours to drive down to DLP, and partly to make more of a weekend of it.



We picked up our keys from a lockbox and pulled up outside our AirBnB. Charlotte announces she's found Where's Wally. No need to search for him anymore - we know where he lives! 😂😂



Our AirBnB is very nice. An apartment in a (somewhat crumbly old building) but it's been done up to a good standard.









We take the opportunity to have a walk around the town - it's so quiet here and very pretty. It reminds a little of towns back home like Romsey or Wimborne.









Having had dinner (which we picked up from Tesco's last night before we left Orpington) we've decided to go for a walk over to the Palais de Compiegne before we turn in for the night.

I'll post up some more pics later if I remember (as the beer here is very cheap and moreish!)



An amble around the town...everything is shut. Everything! On the one hand you wonder how life could go on, on the other it's a wonderful way to slow everything down, and pause.






Here is the Imperial Palace, which I thought contained the national car park museum. Turns out it's the National Car Museum and a Park. Bonsoir!


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Fabulous, what an adventure! Cant wait to see yr Disney accommodation. I do love the French towns you come across they r so quiet and pretty. Why would I want to live in Orpington
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Great travel day. The accommodation looks lovely. I love the rustic look of the french buildings. Lol at the ‘Where’s Wally’ find!
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I can see why it reminds you of Romsey..
another good looking air b&b...👍

Thanks for sharing. 💞
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How brilliant that you finally found Wally! Great journey across (or through) the water, looking forward to reading more
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