We spent last night in Chartres, with a view of its magnificent cathedral. It was a chilly, dark start to the day when we got up to walk the dogs and feed all our passengers.

Pickles has been leading the cat cacophany chorus on this trip, with solos by Anastacia. They started rehearsing ‘Jerusalem’ as we left Alicante and by Narbonne it was sounding promising. We think the real performance is due to start this afternoon when we hit Calais for our crossing to the UK.

'Bossy' Boots loves a walk — just the thought of one has him turning in circles and practising snuffling

‘Bossy’ Boots loves a walk — just the thought of one has him turning in circles and practising snuffling

Luna says she'll be pleased to be home again with Kathy, but this trip has been a good experience for her as she has grown more confident every day about stepping out in unfamiliar places

Luna says she’ll be pleased to be home again with Kathy, but this trip has been a good experience for her as she has grown more confident every day about stepping out in unfamiliar places

Goofy is a very affectionate fellow

Goofy is a very affectionate fellow

Buddy and his chum Goofy (above) hadn't shown much of an appetite on the trip. So we tried them on tinned tuna in water, and both of them scoffed it!

Buddy and his chum Goofy (above) hadn’t shown much of an appetite on the trip. So we tried them on tinned tuna in water, and both of them scoffed it!

Little Linda has been staying on the top floor so has had a splendid view and the chance for plenty of chats with courier J

Little Linda has been staying on the top floor so has had a splendid view and the chance for plenty of chats with courier J

Linda and courier J agree the cathedral is stunning

Linda and courier J agree the cathedral is stunning

Pickles wondering if she can reach the dog biscuits

Pickles wondering if she can reach the dog biscuits

Successful biscuit box raid by Pickles!

Successful biscuit box raid by Pickles!

Gorgeous Tilly got together with the Corgis to put in an official complaint about the cat chorus

Gorgeous Tilly got together with the Corgis to put in an official complaint about the cat chorus

Willie practising for the 'longest tongue' competition

Willie practising for the ‘longest tongue’ competition

Rudi marvelling at Willie's bravery as his eye drops are put in

Rudi marvelling at Willie’s bravery as his eye drops are put in

Mia asks if we'll all soon be home

Mia asks if we’ll all soon be home

Cool Cocas reassures Mia that yes, it won't be long now

Cool Cocas reassures Mia that yes, it won’t be long now

Smokey enjoying a chin rub

Smokey enjoying a chin rub

Anastacia liking an ear tickle

Anastacia liking an ear tickle

Asia looking very glamorous

Asia looking very glamorous

Tatti likes to know what's going on around and about

Tatti likes to know what’s going on around and about

Tippi is also very alert, taking everything in

Tippi is also very alert, taking everything in

Ewa is a shy girl but has been with us the longest on this journey, which has given us a chance to get to know her and experience her affectionate side

Ewa is a shy girl but has been with us the longest on this journey, which has given us a chance to get to know her and experience her affectionate side

Our journey north yesterday took us over the magnificent Millau Bridge. We first drove over it the week it was open — it impressed us then and still does, creating a flutter of excitement when we spot the red lights on top as we approach it.

Our journey north yesterday took us over the magnificent Millau Bridge. We first drove over it the week it was open — it impressed us then and still does, creating a flutter of excitement when we spot the red lights on top as we approach it.