The Big day

Hoek van Holland Travel Blog

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Stena Line Britannica (same design as the one we sailed with - didn't take an actual photo before we boarded cos I was too excited and forgot!)

Today is the day I am leaving the UK for good to start a new life in The Netherlands with my Jaap. This has only been about a month in the planning so it still feels a little surreal, like I'm only going on holiday again. I've practically lived out of a suitcase for months, dividing my time between my home town in Yorkshire, London and The Netherlands so it will feel good to be settled and finally unpack my belongings somewhere!

I decided to bring my beloved car with me so it was a 6 and a half hour ferry trip for us from Harwich to Hoek Van Holland which I thoroughly enjoyed, gave us time to reflect and talk about our time together in London and the adventures that lie ahead of us.

We practically had the ferry to ourselves, it was brilliant.

Bye bye UK! Leaving behind a dull, dismal Harwich International Ferry port.
We were the sixth car to enter the boat, a good 45 minutes before we were due to depart and I don't think many more joined us! We highly recommend using Stena Line ferries, the staff were lovely and friendly, up for a chit chat and the surroundings were lovely and plush. Plenty to keep us entertained with cinema, gift shop, gaming area with slot machines, plus several different style eating area's. Oh and don't forget the bar with huge screens showing the football. I was gagging for a pint but nope I have the drive at the other end :-(

Although Jaap did offer to drive, I can't let someone else behind the wheel of my beloved motor! Besides I want to see what it's like driving on the 'wrong' side of the road - oh my god, what a nerve-wracking experience. Thank god we only live 20 minutes from the coast :-)

almond72 says:
Have fun in your new place ! Do let me know if you are coming to SEA ( south east asia ), could line up some places for both of you. Cheap airfares these days on budget carriers.
Posted on: Jun 15, 2009
moshers_moll says:
Dank je wel Ivar, very kind! It's been a great start so far :-D
Posted on: Jun 07, 2009
Airportman says:
A bit late, but welcome to the Netherlands and you both have a wonderfull live together here! :)
Posted on: Jun 07, 2009
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Stena Line Britannica (same design…
Stena Line Britannica (same desig…
Bye bye UK! Leaving behind a dull,…
Bye bye UK! Leaving behind a dull…
A happy Jaapy!
A happy Jaapy!
A happy me!
A happy me!
Bar-shame I couldnt have a tipple…
Bar-shame I couldn't have a tippl…
One of the many eating areas onbo…
One of the many eating area's onb…
View from the front of the ferry
View from the front of the ferry
Approaching Hoek Van Holland ferry…
Approaching Hoek Van Holland ferr…
Land Ahoy!
Land Ahoy!
Ferry loading up to go back the ot…
Ferry loading up to go back the o…
The ferry route
The ferry route
Hoek van Holland
photo by: moshers_moll