We drove from the outskirts of Charleroi (a nice aire - I'd recommend it) to Gravelines with singular lack of incident. I slept most of the way - you know me, guaranteed to sleep in a moving vehicle at any time! However, just as we had parked up, the heavens opened and for the next two hours there was a most spectacular storm! No thunder and lighting, but very heavy rain and wind. And then it eased, and the sun came out in time to set, but by then neither of us felt like going out again.
Then this morning we got up punctually, and after breakfast drove over to the Super U we could see from our parking - it was further away than it looked - and I did a huge Last Shopping, and then we drove to Cité Europe where we used the services, and so to Eurotunnel, where we were offered a crossing half an hour early (yes please!), but in fact got on an extra one 45 minutes ahead of schedule. Mind you, there was a huge traffic jam on the South Circular, so that accounted for it! Home by 14:30 UK time, and the steady work of unpacking and putting away, and generally sorting things out. But the orchid that the Daughter and Son-in-Law gave us after their wedding, nearly 13 years ago, has flowered again!
We definitely love our new van now we are used to it. The loo smells more than the old one did - this may be the chemical we were using, as it was what they gave us at the caravan centre, not what we normally use - and the lighting just doesn't shine in quite the right place when one is sitting in the swivelled-round seat (this is also awkward to do). The table is smaller than in the old machine, and awkward to move, but one can live with that. But that is the only downside, really.