had to check in one hour before leaving France. We
were obliged to hang a special card on the rear-view
mirror stating the number of people travelling in
the car and the ferry number.
If somebody is in the wrong queue, he needs to leave
the queue before boarding the ferry which means that
he was waiting for one or more hours in vain.
In case of travelling with an animal, the animal has
to be left in the car during the journey but the passengers
have to get out of the car. Our ferry was huge. There
were cars, lorries and trucks on three floors. Self-service
shops, McDonalds, a huge café, a cinema, money-exchange,
a lift and gambling machines…everything. After half
an hour of travelling, we reached the English coast.
Rain and cooler air welcomed us after the Hungarian
heat-wave. I was lucky to take some warmer clothes
with me.? In England there is not a lot of rain but
it often rains. Drivers from other countries have
to be careful about driving on the left. It is easy
to drive in cities in England as not only traffic
signs show you the rules but also everything you need
to know is painted on the asphalt. You can park in
the parking areas of bigger supermarkets for free
but only for 2 or 3 hours because there are cams so
you can’t exceed this time. There are many cashier’s
desks and the cashier calls the next customer by saying
The English are very helpful and polite.
our way home we had a puppy with us. The nice hospitable
English couple gave us the puppy’s documents including
a pet passport on my name. With this I could prove
at the borders that I was not bringing the puppy in
for commercial reasons. There is the puppy’s microchip
number and the given injections stated in the pet
passport. He did not need rabies injection because
of his age. In France it is compulsory to inoculate
every pup at the age of 12 weeks against rabies. These
rules only apply to puppies exported from the UK.
Importing has other, even stricter rules.
It was interesing for me that arriving in France the
English cars were tagged by special stickers which modify
the way of the headlights because of the reverse traffic.
There were some petrol stations in Belgium where we
had to pay in advance and put the petrol in the car
only afterwards and only the correct amount you have