Dieppe

Our third trip across the Channel was plain sailing and our trip from Boulogne to Dieppe was champagne sailing – plenty of beanbag time.

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Dieppe was so much more than the memories of a ferry port to family holidays of childhood. A beautiful town quay where, after a little difficulty communicating in Franglish over the radio, we eventually found a berth big enough for Pintail.

 It was a very photogenic place – beautiful colours,

quirky corners

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and a hive of activity.

The town centre had been knitting bombed

and it was radish and garlic season at the market.

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Our trip back home was not quite as plain sailing. Leaving Dieppe and beating up the coast in a force 7 wind for over 12 hours we didn’t arrive at Boulogne until midnight. A fishermen’s strike meant we were refused entry to the port and had to make the trip back across the Channel through the night and with no sleep. Stefan managed a delirious smile on our approach to Ramsgate.