I had expected us to leave the exclusion zone for lunch, but after a bus tour of the nuclear power plant (like all nuclear facilities visiting and photographs are restricted to approved angles like this one) we were directed to a modern canteen right in the heart of the facility.
After a whole-body radiation check – you stand on metal footplates and hold metal grips until a satisfactory result opens gate to let you through – and a civilised toilet break, we gathered in the spotless, modern canteen.
Thick vegetable soup and bread, chicken cutlets, potatoes and aubergines, salad, sour cream filled pancakes with chocolate sauce, and fruit – back grapes with seeds and segments of oranges.
It was cold outside, I’d had an early start and done a lot of walking, but even allowing for my receptive state of hunger, the hearty meal was utterly delicious.
Fiona Erskine’s debut thriller “The Chemical Detective” will be published by the Oneworld imprint, Point Blank Books in April 2019.