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... and drive in early in the morning. We will stay one night and spend two days sight seeing before heading to Disneyland.
Tess is happier.
Then we cross the border into France. There is a road block and French soldiers carrying machine guns and one with road spikes in hand stopping all the cars. One approached our car looked inside the drivers window and then ushered us on.
We are all glad Clint is clean shaven.
It is confronting. We tell the kids they ...
A great night with electricity, makes a difference, a DVD and super food. Floods in the MH this morning from somewhere, sorted now and no problem. Heading to Marbouie in the rain. A lovely drive along minor roads with evidence of coypu, boar and deer in the forests and by the road ...
... as a hunting lodge for Francis I and changed hands several times it seems because apparently it was somewhat challenging to live in – very cold in winter and heaps of mossies in summer! It was a very cold castle to walk around on a cold day.
... with dozens of stags with gilded heads and antlers of up to 3 metre spreads.
We met up with the rest of the team mid-afternoon at Blois, a lovely old town on the banks of the Loire. Getting to the Aire was interesting: our GPS took us right through the central shopping area - our first real taste of driving in heavy French traffic. We had a walk around the old part of the town, and admired the view out over the river from the gardens at the top of a hill behind the cathedral, ...
Left Montauban early and decided to take to the motorway. Blois is approximately 450km away and was going to take about 4 hours.
We experienced some fog along the way however it didn't slow down our trip. We were still able to drive at least 110kph instead of the 130.
Phil drove for the first 2 hours then it was Lou's turn. With 100km to go before we reached Blois ...