Getting here from there
A little background on the logistics of how we planned our travel from home back to ICE FLOE deux in Port Napoléon, France. I have already described why we chose to take the Queen Mary 2 across the Atlantic – no luggage restrictions.
Unlike the Queen Mary, we were told we would be responsible for getting the luggage to and from our stateroom. We knew this was not an insurmountable problem, although it certainly would be exhausting. We were pleased to learn that there was not only food aboard the ferry, there was a restaurant – we were all set. We grabbed a small lunch in the Ferry Terminal and sat down for a very long wait – the ferry would not board until 7:30pm for the overnight trip across the English Chanel.
- carrying it down a hallway from the ferry terminal waiting area
- loading it onto a bus
- getting it off the bus
- carrying it up a series of 6 long, steep, switchback, ramps to board the ferry on the 6th floor
- carrying it up two narrow flights of stairs up to our tiny cabin
Had we needed to negotiate this entirely ourselves, we might still be at it – AND if the luggage actually fit in our cabin, we would have needed to sleep on top of it!!
|Our sleeping cabin aboard the Brittany Ferry|
|One of several eating areas aboard the Britania|
I am not sure what experience you may have with ferries, but ours has been limited. In addition to a bar, multiple eating areas (restaurant, cafeteria, snacks), the ferry had a small arcade, jungle gym, and entertainment including live music, a movie, and a very talented showman and magician, Alexander Wells. It was such a lovely conclusion to a day full of half-baked plans that had worked out better than we could have hoped for.
Mr. Wells, demonstrated his sword-swallowing skills with a long balloon (so as not to frighten the many children), made bottles of wine appear out of thin air, astonished us with card tricks and other slight of hand magic, all with a theatrical flair, that brought to mind our dear friend Dobbs. What a way to cap off an “adventurous” day.
|Alexander Wells – check him out on You-tube|
In the morning, our guardian angels were every bit as helpful and to our added delight, our luggage fit in the car George rented for the trip from Saint Malo to Port Napoléon.
|Now you see it|
|And now you don’t|