BEST WESTERN Hotel Champlain France Angleterre
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Tues 12th May
We left around 10.30 in sunshine and headed back over the bridge to the main road and turned left. All was going well until we tried to turn off on to the coast road, only to find that there wasn't a slip road where there should have been one! Silly Emily got her knickers in a twist and sent us in towards the centre of Les Sables des Ollonnes and we ended ...
... the weather, because I know that in the not too distant future I will be dreaming of being cool and damp. (noticed it's 28 degrees in Rome..)
Interweb access is likely to be tricky for the next few days because I'm planning to spend some more nights wild camping now I've broken the duck on the coast below Bordeaux. Looks like the weather might perk up soon, if not I'll crack on towards country number two, ...
... orangerie pit -- neither of us avoiding being pricked and stung even through heavy-duty gloves.
Fantasy vs Reality?
The dream of the French idyllic life, munching on croissants and sipping a morning café, the wine, the picturesque houses an boutiques.
Ah yes, but then there's actually trying to FIND a café, particularly on a Sunday or Monday morning; the dearth of interesting shops in places where the new supermarchés have take over; ...
... them a good review on TripAdviser.
One last thing I'm very thankful for. Now, years later, knowing what gesiers are!
There are a couple of dishes I've accidentally come across in my life that still churn my stomach to think about. Durian cheesecake in Singapore is one-- and salade de gesiers is another.
Shopping at the Saturday market this morning, I noticed... and steered well clear of... the quiche aux gesiers.
... the problems with damp and mould. But once done, it will be magnificent.
And then there's the garden that's starting to become part of the house.
Roots undermining the stonework, blackberry spreading all through what was once a magnificent garden and climbing over the lovely soft stone walls, along with ivy getting into every nook and cranny. I love wisteria but I've come to understand its need for ...