A quick UK visit, and the old van is flying again…….

I decided that I was well overdue a visit to the UK as during COVID I could not visit of course and my last trip in December was ruined by the COVID admin and the stupid personal locator forms and the other crazy bureaucracy that those idiots Boris and Priti Patel invented to keep people out. Sad indeed.

I also needed to get my old Merc Vito van rolling again after her 2 year enforced stop. I was concerned that all was not well as she had been misbehaving recently and I could not work out the reason so I thought that she and I both needed to stretch our legs/wheels. My best guess is that the enforced stop caused the fuel to become sticky inside the tank/filters/injectors??. Watch this space.

I went north to Empoli on Saturday to watch a basketball match and as the van was going great I stayed for one night and then headed north early the following morning without any hotel bookings which is in my experience the best way to travel! I know several hotels on route so I prefer to see how the trip goes and then book when I want to stop given that May is not yet peak holiday season. Empoli is near to Firenze (Florence) in the Italian Midlands so the distance from there to the Mont Blanc Tunnel is only about 500km and thus an easy motorway drive. I was expecting some queues to get through the tunnel but amazingly enough there was NO queue (I was there at lunch time) so I was straight into France heading north. The other HUGH advantage of weekend travel in Italy is that the big trucks cannot travel on the motorways.

I stopped at a motorway service station and used their free wifi to look at distances and I booked a room at the Hotel Royal in Troyes, this is one of the Brit chain of hotels (Brit is Brittany and not British) and their hotels are really great!!! As it was Sunday evening the restaurant was closed so I just had a few beers and snacks and headed to bed well tired after 950kms! The friendly service they offer is truly fantastic.

The next morning I had a quick breakfast at 7am and hit the motorway north towards Calais and I was there by midday and checked in for the 1320 ferry with DFDS and then in the UK at about 1430 given that I gained an hour so I was at my sister’s place near Duxford for some beers and then food at about 1700, tired but very happy!

The return trip was very easy and the van went really well, a few pics follow.

Published by Simon

I offer an ever-developing range of services to satisfy an ever-changing set of markets. Born in the UK I have lived in Italy for more than 20 years. I can help you to experience a touch of the real Italian experience which goes beyond your dreams but without stress nor unwanted suprises.

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