Just think of it as coming over for a cup and a chat...
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Road to Belgium
It's a bit daunting to tell you about our trip to Belgium last month. You saw how much I had to say about the faeries and the Sunderland Museum. Once I start telling you about Belgium, I might never get home again! I'd have to change the name of this blog to Onze Twee Weken inBelgië; but let's have a go anyhow.
Of course, the first part of the journey is relatively short, just down to the ferry landing in North Shields, walking distance if we didn't have the motorhome.
We sat in a queue - one of four or five - with other cars, caravans, motorhomes, agricultural and industrial vehicles and heavy goods vehicles (ie 18-wheelers). There may even have been a few car transporters stacked with new Nissans from Sunderland, but I didn't spot any.
I was reminded of my first airplane journey. The trip out was in a small plane in slightly rough weather, but I wasn't very nervous. The return journey was on a huge plane, so large I couldn't imagine how it could fly and I was stiff with fear. Watching all the weight going into the admittedly enormous boat - the King of Scandinavia - it was beyond me to imagine how it could possibly float. Scenes from Titanic flitted across my brain, until I remembered I've made this journey several times, we just weren't in a vehicle. I didn't figure our relatively modest wooden box would actually be the one to sink the ship. However, there was a good gale blowing and plenty of 'white horses' on the river, never mind the sea!
I've always thought the cabins were ingenious in their use of space, and very comfortable aside from the motion of the ship. One does have to remember that there are ledges on every door way, including the loo. It's a long way to fall if you forget.
After dropping off our backpacks, we sat next to this window - I do wish they were cleaner - and watched our progress out to sea. You've seen the Tyne ferry landing before from the ground.
We watched the pilot accompany the Croatian ship, the Miho Pracat, out to sea.
This shows what it looks like from their viewpoint!
I'm so glad to know it's not just me that gets really excited about all the goings on at North Shields and Tynemouth. I think both videos have music that matches the anticipation I always feel as we set off to Amsterdam.
The emptiness of the North Sea is frightening but also beautiful.
North Tyneside, North East England, United Kingdom
I'm an American woman in my 60's, originally from Oklahoma, but now living in England. I write this blog mainly because I love to write, but also to share my experience of living abroad with others. I'm having a much bigger life than I ever imagined. I think it is one of the benefits of frugality, also of occasionally taking the scarier option.