Rather than return the car to Paris, we decided to keep the car for another two weeks and cross the English Channel on a ferry. The limitation of carrying two bags per person on the Chunnel influenced the decision. We opted for a 5-person cabin on the ferry. The kids felt they were at the Ritz. It was a cut above the ferry from Bari to Patras. Our ship was the Stena Hollandica.
Rather than drive to London and arrive in the evening, we stayed in the port city of Harwich. Our car GPS lead us to the correct address but we did not see the sign for The Good Life Guest House.
We had a 6-person bungalow at the park. There were hundreds of spaces for tents, travel trailers, and small mobile homes. There are twelve of the Oostappen Parks across the Netherlands and Belgium. The Oostappen Parks are like KOA’s in the US, except much larger than KOA’s. The bungalow was ideal for a bit of roughing it. Before we left for our trip, Marcia had coordinated with Petra, the mom of Sarah’s friend, Maya. Pitra grew up near the park and was back in the Netherlands to visit family.
Marcia and I enjoyed the opportunity to interact with Petra and David. Petra introduced us to a Dutch pastry that sounded like fly, but was spelled with a v. Petra and David went to town and brought back two, an apple and strawberry fly. David asked which was our favorite. I went back and forth in mind over a few days. In the end, I decided the one I prefered was the one that I was eating at the time. The pictures tell the story. They are about 14-15 inches in diameter.
We had a fair amount of rain for the last month, but there were intervals where the sun came out. We had our first warm day where the temperature hit 80. However the water was cold.
It was fun for the Sarah, Rachel and Ella to have Maya to play with during the week. Adding one to the mix after four months of just sibling interaction was healthy.