We had a lovely overnight in Brugge and now the last stage of our journey home – and Mummy remembered in time to buy me a ticket for the train from Brugge to Kortrijk to Lille Flanders and onto Calais …That wouldn’t have been very smart – just when we were so close to home.
We had to get to the train station earlier to buy me a Second Class ticket – “museliere obligatoire” – you’re kidding me! Well, we didn’t heed the “obligatoire” for a dog muzzle –Seriously, do you think I look like I needed one?The two trains to Lille Flanders stopped at every station – local choo-choo. And from there, a very crowded train that also stopped at every station along the way to Calais. There was a fast train from Brussels to Lille Europe but we opted not to go back because in the end it would have taken the same amount of travel time and we had to change stations in Lille, but maybe a little less crowded.
We finally arrived at Calais Ville – and we were happy to see Folkestone Taxi waiting for us to take us across the Eurotunnel! Going home to good ol’ Blighty!I am ready when you are! But before we crossed any borders or crossed over the the Isles, we stopped at the Pet Reception Microchip was scanned – beep! And Passport checked. Then it was a loo stop for me at the Pet exercise area And it’s time to cross the border! First the French Then the UK Border Control Into the Euro tunnel for 35 minutes –
May’s comment: No problems at Calais. I was a little hesitant about crossing when I was planning the trip. The driver did confirm that he had once a delay because of the migrant situation but usually the problems have been the passengers were not prepared with the Pet Passport.
This is our fifth crossing so all’s familiar. Folkestone Taxi provides a great service for those of us who can’t drive across. They do this just about everyday – picking up from Calais, Lille or Paris or even Brugge. You pay for the transport service according to mileage plus the cost of tunnel crossing and the pet fee crossing.
We can cross over to the Continent by car via the Eurotunnel or take the Stenaline ferry as I did with George but it would be so much easier and faster if we can fly in with pets in cabin or via the Eurostar. We continue to battle with them but to no avail. We have to think of what else to do – maybe we should try to change the laws about flying in cabin into the UK. That would be a first hurdle. That law is archaic and since the existence of the Pet Passport, a lot of the reasons why should have been overcome but I understand this is not a priority for DEFRA and the UK Government. But there are other ways to travel, car or ferry just inconvenient.