I admit to being a bit hesitant about hitting the road again back to France. The paperwork trail all looked a bit daunting and I was anxious not to be abroad and catching Covid. Anyway, it all has suddenly got easier and so last week we took off via EuroTunnel and had a trouble free and delightful brief stay in France – our first for twenty seven months.
We stayed at the CAMC recommended Château du Gandspette in Eperleques just forty five minutes from Calais. It’s a lovely family owned site and has received some serious upgrade attention over the last couple of years. It sports a café open each evening, grass and hard standing pitches and an extremely friendly welcome.
So, with my doubts now set to one side, European travel is now back on the agenda. And as for the paperwork we carefully prepared – no one was the least bit interested in any of it. But our passports received a stamp like in the old days!
This is one of my favourites mainly because of its London location of course. John and Maria Street have worked the site for some time and are intrepid public transport users on their days off.
Here are just some of their invaluable tips:
Maria and I worked on the site last year and we used just about every bus, train and boats going, it really depends on where in London you want it go and what you want to do. If you want the centre of the Thames which is around Waterloo station or London Bridge where the Shard is, you want the bus outside the shell garage which is the No 363 to the Elephant & Castle. You can either walk from here to the Thames or take the Bakerloo line to London Bridge, we often stay on this train to Paddington station and walk to the canal at Little Venice.
Another option is the No 3 bus on the same side as the garage but the next bus stop walking towards Crystal Palace, this bus will either take you to Lambeth Palace depending on the demonstrators or further to Whitehall Horseguards Parade where you can see Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square and more.
We often use the Uber boats between Westminster and Greenwich with many stops along the way and just using the tap on debit card service likewise with the buses and trains.
Another option is a walk through the park to Crystal Palace station from the site and there are trains for all directions, we often go to Victoria station and then the tube to Kew Gardens (mostly overground) We also take the Highbury & Islington train to Canada Water for tubes to Canary Wharf or the Stratford Centre or stay on the train and visit many other places like to Camden Town. From Camden we often walk the canal to Paddington station, Regents Park and on to Oxford Street.
There are other buses for different directions from the site and I’m sure we can help you, have fun, we do every time we visit.