8. Farewell, Heading North

And so it was over… The cars were packed and again we go our separate ways.  Keith was heading North to visit his son in Scandinavia – David and Patricia were spending time with friends in the South of France – and then a week in Paris.  They kindly offered to carry JB’s bike with them and leave it for us at their hotel…  We were heading East – by train – to take delivery of a rental car in Bordeaux…

A taxi to the station – a half hour wait – and we’re away…


A food fair in Bordeaux – we pause for lunch…

Somewhere in the Dordogne – Perigueux perhaps…

Through all the regions of the Dordogne and Gorreze…

Through Brive-la-Gaillarde, Tulle…

To Clermont-Ferrand – where we decided to spend the night…

France was playing Portugal in the World Cup – and the whole town was watching the game in the city square… We joined them…

We ate in the square – France won – just as well because…

JB didn’t have a Portuguese hat!

Today is the Prolog of Le Tour de France – in Strasbourg – 2.5 Michelin Routier pages away.  That’s a full day’s drive (if we’re to be there before it ends) and we shouldn’t be detouring through Roanne to find a famous restaurant that I visited in 1966 – but we did – and it was closed!  The kids didn’t complain – much…

On through back roads to Macon – then Chalon, Beaune, Besacon (along the Swiss border) to Belfort.

Then along the German border – through Colmar – and into Strasbourg, just in time to be too late for le Tour.

And we still had to find a hotel room… and we did – just off the City Square – where Le Tour headquarters were…

Time out to explore the Old Town Centre…

We weren’t short of Cathedrals on this trip – but the stonework on this one was simply stunning.  First time I’ve seen JB take an interest in architecture!

Strasbourg is a fascinating mix of French and German cultures – and we had a ‘moving dinner’ in several restaurants – Carla was nearly home.

The kids were a real joy to travel with – they only mentioned the fact that I had already bent the new rental car – 50 or 60 times – over dinner.  Was it my fault that some schmuck had left a very large concrete block protruding 1.5 metres from the pumps at our first service station?

 


These two hate cameras – but when they DO pose…

Cats – on the other hand… are much more obliging…

Keeping up with these two is a tiring business (and it’s only day 1)…


Next: Start of Le Tour de France – we head for Hannover… read on.

 

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