Monday, 4 January 2010

A tale of going home through the snow for Christmas - And thank you the staff and crew of The Pride Of Burgundy

The port of Calais in the snow

Well The trip back to the UK was taken on the 19th of December which was a day with many snow related travel problems, as you can see HERE and HERE. What should have been a less than two hour trip to Calais turned into an about eight hour nightmare, although we were not so bad off as the people on the other side of the Channel, trying to get to France, some of whom had to spend more than 24 hours stuck on the UK motorway, the M20. It was too dark to get video on the motorway, during our five hour sit in a tailback but I got some footage of the port of Calais and the ferry trip across the Channel, shown in the following clip.

Ferry's in the snow, December 2009

All the hassle was worth it in the end, as Christmas was spent seeing family that I had not seen for 12 months, including.........

This little Guy

My bright and shiny, new Great Nephew (as in the son of my nephew)

Thank you to the staff and crew of the P&O ferry
The Pride Of Burgundy
in the early afternoon of the 19th 0f December 2009

On a day when so many organizations and companies were letting people down a lot of tired, cold and disgruntled passengers got on board this boat at this time and where treated with calm, friendly professionalism, from a staff of whom many had stayed on for an extra shift after completing their night shift (according to an announcement on the ships PA system) to help clear the backlog of travelers. The journey on the ferry was a calming experience on a very bad day thanks to the guys and gals working on board. It was very much appreciated.

And no I do not make money from P&O on this blog, I just appreciate people who do a good job of work in difficult circumstances.



Emm said...

Aaaaw, what a cute little kid! It sounds like you had a terrible journey but yay! for good service and for getting there and back safely.

I loved your calendar that you did! It is such a good idea - what program did you use to do it?

BBE said...

Sorry to take so long to answer your comment Emm but I had a bit of an emergency with the dog. He just had two operations at the same time, as an emergency.

He is cute Emm, he was born premature and had some problems to start with but is all healthy now. And boy is he loud when he is not happy about something.

I should have linked the calender generator thing in the posts, my bad. You can find the generator at I will credit and link it in a future post. It is dead easy to use.


bikerted said...

Ferries. THE WAY to cross the Channel! Used the Tunnel once, never again. There is no feeling of moving forward, just a side to side rocking motion. Give us the ferries and the White Cliffs, a wonderful sight to bid us farewell and to welcome us back home.

Belated Happy New Year BBE.

BBE said...

Oh! yes Ted, a chance to have a break from the car/bike, get a meal and relax with a beverage. A far more satisfying travel experience than staying in your car and listening to "Tunnel FM"


Emm said...

That's okay! It always takes me forever to get back to comments anyway!

Baron's Life said...

Sorry I'm late but a summer riding accident had actually put me out of commission longer than I would have liked.
I wish you and your family a Happy New Year
All the best for 2010

A Lady's Life said...

love ferries and babies are always fun little darlings :)
I am a bit wary of bad weather though.
Glad everything went and ended well for you. :)

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