Back at home …
- Manchester Airport
One hour in the plane. Flight cancelled. Another hour in the plane. Leaving the plane. Border Control.
No flights to Berlin/Hamburg/Hannover/Warsaw/Prague before Tuesday from Manchester/Liverpool/Bristol/Newcastle by easyJet. Also checked other flights from London to Germany by other airlines. Same result. Eurostar trains from London were fully booked till Tuesday evening.
- Car Rental City
… for 45 minutes. No car booking to Germany possible. Booked a car to Dover.
- Manchester - Dover
280 miles, five hours, arrived 03:15
- Port of Dover
First ferry for foot passengers to Calais expected 08:25. We were booked for this ferry. The ferry have left the port 13:00.
- Dover - Calais
Rough weather in the channel region. Port of Calais closed for around two hours.
There were a lot of people, stranded like us in the U.K. (not only in Manchester ).
A 25 minutes walk and run from the port to the train station. Met a lovely guy who showed us the way to the train station. Thanks! There we entered a taxi to Dunkirk. Earlier checked the car rental companies for a car and opening times. The only possible company was Sixt. Booked the car online during the taxi drive to Dunkirk. The driver checked the online booking by a phone call at the Sixt station in Dunkirk. Nice guy, thanks! Arrived in time at the Sixt station.
- Calais - Schönefeld
1020 km, 14 hours with breaks
During the drive, queues in Belgium on the A25, as Marie told us and she gave us advices to avoid these queues. Thanks Marie for this and the support to find possible trains to Paris Orly (there was a flight from Orly to Berlin) or Berlin.
What a trip ! But at the end every minute worth. First the time in Manchester for the Fish gig and the Company, Lawrie Marie, Andy and all the others there. And what an experience, an adventure, a time, … on our way back home.