That's exactly how I got into foreign plates Liz, in 2001 ours also went silly and I had to give up UK plate spotting as they now look like every other weird random design. Most of Europe ran out of capacity and changed to non geographic plates, as France soon will also. Italy, Finland, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland and Denmark also did, adding to Belgium, Cyprus, Malta, Hungary and Luxembourg who always did, or at least in current times. So the old countries that keep the old geographic formats are Norway, Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria, Romania, Albania, Greece, Germany and Turkey. Poland did what the UK did around the same time and switched very similar plates to the possibly weirdest on earth. None keep the same format and each town and seems to choose it at random within a limited selection, which has just increased.
My grandparents had a little second house in Rye and the gate was just round the corner. They spent quite a lot in the jewellers next to it as well.
Here is the country lane the last picture was taken from.