The temperatures continued in the middle to high 30s while we were on the campsite, so we decided that it would be far too hot to think about visiting Berlin, as we had planned - it will always be there for another day. So, after five nights at Cottbus we headed for the Baltic coast near just beyond Rostock. We spend a few nights there, including some time lazing on the beach (unusual for us, but very enjoyable). Then we woke up one morning to the coldest day we had experienced since we left the northernmost parts of Norway(!) - we had certainly got the cooler weather we were looking for!
We decided that, at 19 deg. we may as well move on; we didn't feel like 'doing' any more cities, so headed for Calais, ringing forward to book a ferry. It's a good job we did, as the first price we were quoted was way high. However, we were able to get a sensible price for Sunday morning. We headed to Calais for Friday night, giving ourselves a day to do the 'necessary' shopping and enjoy a lazy French lunch before our return home.
So we arrived back early afternoon today (Sunday) having travelled through 12 countries and having covered 7559 miles. All is well back at home, now all we have to do is the cleaning, washing, gardening etc!!