By breakfast time on September 8th our holiday was almost over. It was our 36th Wedding Anniversary and as a detailed description of the celebrations, and of the final stages of our travels, appears on Granny-Anne’s blog I will try to avoid too much repetition here. Ahead of us lay two days of cruising, first, through the Kiel Canal to the North Sea. then our course would take us south to the English Channel and along the south coast and up the Solent to Southampton. The next 36 hours passed very quickly, in retrospect, until later on the Wednesday evening I noticed with some surprise that we were just about within sight of “The White Cliffs of Dover”. I had never seen them from sea level before and we were a long way off in poor light, Even so, I had to try, at least, to take a few photos, one of which is shown here.
One good night’s sleep later and I awoke early to find that we were in the Solent already – another place that I had never been before. I was amused that at such an early hour of the day, one of the first vessels I saw was this ferry (?) seemingly sponsored (or perhaps owned) by IKEA – suppliers of nearly all our bookshelves and other storage units of which a few can be seen here.
This was a tremendous holiday from Page and Moy. It had been a complete change from our normal routine and we had been totally pampered by all the wonderful people who looked after us aboard Ocean Majesty. Though we had done little exploring in some of the ports, we were very happy with the whole experience and would return to any of them for a much longer holiday.
And finally, to my frequent visitor Shoreacres, I haven’t taken many photos of the sea but here are three, just for you!