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... A level three drenching I have been reliably informed) I tried to stop, put on even more warm clothes under my wet weather gear, and fuel up.
Unfortunately, many of the service stations are unstaffed. So you swipe your credit card and then you can pump fuel and it will bill you the amount pumped. That is unless you have a foreign card that needs a signature to verify. Then it just refuses you.
There are a surprisingly few number ...
Drove pretty quickly through the pretty French countryside to Soissons which looked like the right kind of sized town to go to a local supermarket to pick up some supplies for Scandinavia which I imagined would be a lot more expensive.
Loaded up the boot with:
20 tins of lentils, chili con carne, peas, carrots,
20 cartons of passata
40 packets of instant noodles
massive pot of herbes de provence ...
... arrived at Givet, where we decided to stop for lunch. Found a nice little brasserie to have lunch at. Much cheaper than anything in Paris, where they obviously rip us off! The plate of the day was moussaka and with this I had chips and salad, a quarter litre of wine, and a dessert for 10.50 euro! The lady serving only spoke French, but she was lovely. Bruno and I have changed our impression of the French, as we have met some ...
Had a wonderful night's sleep as the hotel was very comfortable. We met Melinda and Michael for breakfast and then went our own ways. Bruno and I decided to go on a bus tour around the city as we had been here before, and thought this way we would see something different. The first bus took us around the champs élysées and then we changed buses to go to Montmartre because we hadn't been there last time.
When we arrived there, the amount of people was chaotic! Very touristy area but ...
What looked like a few miles on the map turned into nearly six hours of driving. It would have been alot quicker if we had decided to remain on the toll road we had accidentally found ourselves on, which of course we didn't. Having not budgetted for such luxuries we went one junction up before coming off, paying the exhorbitant 14 euro charge and continuing on the national roads. A good thing to bear in mind for any fellow travellers is that any roads in europe starting with an ...