I spent the day watching the news updates as airports all over Northern Europe were slowly closed and monitoring the BA website to see the status of our flight that was due to depart the next morning. Finally, the news that I was now expecting came, the flight was cancelled...what to do now? To cut a long and potentially boring story short, we ended up on a ferry from Dover to Bolougne-sur-Mer in France at 1am on the Friday morning. Thus began our mini adventure in Storm, my beloved MX-5 (that's a soft-top sports car for those of you who are yet to be introduced to the charms of this engaging little coupe).
What fun we had 4am in the morning arguing with the satnav who insisted on trying to take us via the most direct route despite this being closed for roadworks! How bright eyed and bushy tailed were were having driven through 3 countries to arrive in just in time for the rush-hour traffic outside Amsterdam having enjoyed the delights of a Belgian motorway breakfast at dawn. We discovered that there are some drivers in Europe who are even more challenging than the French, these being the Belgians and Dutch who seemed to have a particular attraction to my MX-5's rear end - well it was rather attractive! The best bit was negotiating the cycling lanes in Hilversum - be warned - you will lose if you get in the way of a Dutch cyclist - they take no prisoners and give no quarter to foreigners.