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Dangerous Curves

The Czech List: Thursday 21st August

I popped home after work to get changed and pick up my luggage, then headed for the Dartford Crossing to meet Howard, who was travelling up from Dorset. Even in the grubby rush-hour surroundings of Thurrock Services, I was fizzing with excitement. Fed, we hit the road for Harwich.

We discovered that we would be sharing the enormous ferry with around fifty bikers from a chopper club, and made our way on board surrounded by chrome, apehanger handlebars, and popping exhausts. We found our cabin, with its large porthole and a lower berth wide enough to sleep two, dumped our luggage, and hit the bar, where I asked for jenever.

"Double? And a Heineken chaser?" asked the friendly barman. I accepted the former and declined the latter, and we stood shivering on deck to watch the port recede before heading for our berth.

Miles: 89 (Howard did considerably more)

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We discovered that we would be sharing the enormous ferry with around fifty bikers from a chopper club, and made our way on board surrounded by chrome, apehanger handlebars, and popping exhausts.

Nice bikers, I hope?
Some of them may have got a bit lairy in the bar, but we were safely tucked up by then! The one I chatted to seemed friendly enough, but they were noisy in the way that big groups who know each other are.
I was fizzing with excitement

I have to admit, that's a happy image. ^_^

They actually had jenever? Cool beans! I think I'd've done likewise with the chaser suggestion, although, grudgingly, I suppose I could see it working, but really, with a nice jenever, I'd prefer to let the flavors linger happily.

Are there any particularly good places you'd recommend, btw, for looking for last minute city breaks or ferry crossings? If things go well in the next week or so, I'd love to get something booked for Mum and myself - anywhere at least a bit warmer than the UK, and preferably with food we can enthuse over. ^_^
I think Stena Line is a Dutch company, but I was still surprised!

For somewhere a little warmer than the UK with great food, maybe somewhere lower down France - Boulogne? Or, not sure about flights, but Dubrovnik is very pretty, very warm, and quite an unusual place to go. And I do hope things do go well, of course!