Around the World in 80 Days
Day 1: 25 September
We're in Folkestone now, the last few hundred yards of England, and rumbling down a steep gradient past back gardens close up to the railway line; a world of sheds and extensions, corrugated iron and chicken wire, unselfconscious, domestic and reassuring. The sun breaks momentarily through the leaden cloud causing the mountain of cut-glass on my table to sparkle, but the word is that the Channel is 'rough' to 'very rough', and I'm glad I passed on the ginger profiteroles.
No longer do the ferries carry trains and at Folkestone Harbour I part company with 'Zena' and take up with the Horsa, a 6000-ton vessel which has been plying the 22-mile crossing to France for 16 years.
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- Series: Around the World in 80 Days
- Day: 1
- Date: 25 September
- Country/sea: England
- Place: Folkestone
- Book page no: 17
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