Chris Rea has a lot to answer for. I couldn’t get his 1988 Christmas hit out of my head this morning as I boarded the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk. I am literally driving home for Christmas.
I should be back in Lille by lunchtime. I can’t wait.
It’s been along week. Usually my commute involves taking the Eurostar on a Tuesday morning and back again on a Thursday evening. This week I was up at 5am on Tuesday to drive to Calais, where I caught the ferry to Dover.
I’ve stayed 2 extra nights in London this week. On the plus side, it’s allowed me to see friends in Brighton – and deliver the large items they bought on trips to Lille but couldn’t fit into their suitcases.
Plus, I got to see my twin sister.
She lives in Australia and hasn’t been back to Europe for a couple of years. My parents held a family party yesterday to mark her return. It’s a flying visit – she won’t have time to come and see us in Lille – but it’s been good to catch up with her.
It’s because of the party that I’m on the ferry this morning. I needed the car to get there – and to make a swift exit this morning.
“Christmas songs are a particularly Anglophone phenomenon, apparently. It’s hard to find such cheesy festive numbers in French”
My journey has been accompanied by a playlist of my favourite Christmas hits. From Mariah Carey to Mel & Kim, from the Crystals to Chris Rea.
Christmas songs are a particularly Anglophone phenomenon, apparently. It’s hard to find such cheesy festive numbers in French, though I did happen upon the Sacha Distel Chante Noël album at Amazon.fr.
On it you’ll find gems such as Noël Blanc (White Christmas), L’Enfant Au Tambour (Little Drummer Boy) and Prière Pour La Nuit De Noël (O Come All Ye Faithful). I’ve saved it for the final leg of my journey, the A25 from Dunkirk to Lille…
Christmas Day will be spent à deux, in our new hometown.
The Pommery is chilling, I’m told, ready for us to have a glass with breakfast. We’re due at a rather swish restaurant in town for lunch.
All in all, it promises to be a joyeux Noël. And with that, I wish you all bonnes fêtes!