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Versailles is quite close so we are there in no time at all. For once parking is easy in the huge cobbled square in front of the palace. We choose our passes for the places we want to visit in the palace and gardens and begin the tour. An audio tour seems to be the best bet as our knowledge of this time in history is not great. So large are the grounds that they have golf buggies and a small train to take you around the formal settings. The forests encircle all of this. Inside we walk through the Hall of Mirrors and the many rooms listening to the commentary. From this neat, ordered town we leave for the coast and our final caravan park, the same one that we stayed at at the beginning of our trip some 9-10 weeks ago, before we had to turn back and ditch our purchased van.
We come across a large supermarket and stock up on food as it is cheaper than UK. Camping food for the next two months of our adventure which will be Britain and Ireland. Out into the rural countryside we remember our route and follow another route along a canal and through some pretty villages. At the caravan park the guy doesn't remember us but the woman comes out of the kitchen and welcomes us and translates an abridged version of the countries we have visited to the two drunks at the bar. It is so funny and reminds us of the TV series "'Allo Allo". Walking us to our camp spot the guy apologises for not remembering us and says that he has a bad 'ead cold and can't concentrate but does add some humour to the description of how to lock the doors on the shower block.
Next morning we pack up for the last time and pay and check out. This time the guy is in better form as we say our thanks and goodbyes and tell him that we are on the ferry in the afternoon for Dover. "Dover" he says. "You are going there today?" "Oui" "Then" he says, "You must remember one thing, when in Dover, drive on the left!" I am already worried about this and how I will feel when approaching roundabouts.
Our hosts are in Greece for another few days but we have our key and they have another house guest from Germany there. We do our washing and peg it outside on a line we rig up as the temperature is very hot.