Le Mans 2018

We went off to the Le Mans 24 hour race again. We took the ferry from Dover to Calais.

It was a wet and windy crossing, but we enjoyed watching the sea and ate a big lunch!

We had a damp drive through northern France.

We arrived at Le Mans late on Thursday, we put our tent up and watched the end of qualifying just before midnight.

On Friday we had a walk down the pit lane and saw all the cars.

Walking along the pit lane and out on to the track is always fun!I went off into the gravel. Ha ha!!!

Here are some of the cars I like. Of course the Corvettes are still my favourite!

Porsche had two cars running with retro liveries to celebrate 70 years of Porsche. They even made the garages look retro!

There was lots of interest in the number 8 Toyota as Fernando Alonso was one of the drivers.

We were quite lazy on Friday afternoon, but we did walk across the start of the Mulsanne Straight.

We relaxed at our tent on Friday evening, we stayed at the Travel Destinations campsite at the Porsche Curves. A very good spot!

We got up early on Saturday morning so we would be ready to watch the warm up. We more or less stayed in our spot until the end of the race on Sunday afternoon!

It is so exciting when the race finally starts!

A few cars went off the track in front of us. The 98 Aston Martin didn’t make it back out of the gravel. We watched it being removed from the track.

We had a great time and really enjoyed watching the race. It wasn’t the most exciting race, but it was still awesome to be at Le Mans!

Here are are a few pictures of some cars during the race.

After a few hours sleep we were back trackside with some breakfast as the sun came up on Sunday morning.

I was very happy for the Toyota to win after their heartbreak of two years ago.

We left straight after the race to drive back to Calais. Our ferry was on Monday morning. We had a big breakfast at our hotel before travelling.

We were able to get an earlier ferry crossing than we had booked, thanks P&O! and made it back to Dover just after lunch.

Another great motor racing trip! Looking forward to the WEC round at Silverstone next.

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Brighton

Zoë went to visit her sister in Sussex. We went on a shopping trip to Brighton. It was a beautiful day and the perfect weather for shopping!

We stopped for a picnic lunch in the Pavilion gardens.

We had a small detour on the way home to have another mini picnic and look out over the Sussex countryside.

Oxford

Zoë and Pauly went to Oxford for a couple of days to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. I, of course, went with them.

We traveled by train and had a pleasant journey.

The first thing we did was have some coffee at Ratio Cafe.

We did a bit of shopping and then had lunch at George Street Social. Zoë and I had pancakes.

The weather was wonderful and we enjoyed exploring in the sunshine. We went to the Covered Market, Objects of Use, and the Shop at the Old Fire Station.

We checked into our hotel, Malmaison, which which used to be a prison!

Our room had a little balcony with excellent views.

We did some more exploring in the late afternoon sun.

We had ramen noodles for dinner. The steamed buns were excellent!

The next day was grey, damp and a bit chilly. I prepared myself with a big breakfast!

We went to the Ashmolean Museum.

Next we went to the Museum of the History of Science. A very interesting museum with lots of cool brass instruments!

Zoë spent ages in Blackwell, she does love a bookshop!

We finished our trip with pizza at Franco Manca.

We had a brilliant time and look forward to going back again soon.

Spa Weekend

At the start of May Pauly took me with him to Spa Francorchamps for the first race of the World Endurance Championship. We drove to Belgium via the Channel Tunnel.

After a journey of about eleven hours we were ready for beer and fries with mayo!

We were at the circuit from Saturday morning.

Lunch, time for more fries.

Racing! It was an exciting race and Spa is very beautiful.

After a long day at the circuit we went out for Dinner

Miniatura

Zoë and Amy took me shopping at the Miniatura show at the NEC. Everything was my size!

We started off with breakfast.

Then we shopped until we had no money left!

My favourite purchase was this awesome hat!

Harry Potter Adventures

A couple of weeks ago Amy and Zoë took me with them to London. We went to the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library.

Zoë had made me a Gryffindor scarf to wear on our outing!

We had lunch at Dishoom, it was yummy, especially this Rose and Cardamom lassi.

We managed to fit in another Harry Potter stop with a trip to Kings Cross, here I am at Platform 9 3/4.

Ludlow 

Zoë and Pauly took me to Ludlow for a day out. It took quite a while to get there so we started with some lunch.


We walked around doing some shopping and enjoying all the old buildings.


The Feathers Hotel is very impressive!


We finished our day out with some coffee and cake.