Not doing that again! Dieppe, I mean. It was an expensive aire, and, because we were right by where the ferries come in and out, we were woken several times during the night by them doing just that. And then the one that was due in at 4:00 am came in, and KEPT ITS ENGINE ON until it went out again at 6:00. So not much sleep for us!
However, we got up at 7:00, as planned (in fact, I got up a little earlier and turned the hot water on, but then went back to bed again), and were away by 08:30. Before sunrise, although not before dawn..... we drove across country to Tréport/Eu enjoying the sunrise over the "big sky", and then up to Abbeville and so to the motorway. We reached Cité Europe about 11 and did an enormous, mostly Christmas, shop, and then were lucky enough to get a berth on the Shuttle going an hour earlier than the one we'd booked. We spent the crossing eating lunch, and only realised afterwards that by UK time it was actually only 12:15.... oh well.
A swift and easy drive home, where we arrived by 2:00, and then an hour's hard work and we got everything put away. Although as we are using the van as an extension of No 6 over Christmas, we have just put a bedspread on the bed and left the towels in the bathroom. Now just the laundry to do, and to take the motor home down to Sussex on Friday, and that is it for this year. Next trip early in the New Year..... Barcelona, perhaps?