Ibis Styles Bourges
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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We made an early start and left at 7.10am when it was still dark - French schoolchildren were just getting off their buses!
We went across country via Les Andelys and Gaillon to Evreux and Dreux, thus avoiding Rouen at morning rush hour.
We then skirted Chartres and did a short stretch on the A10 peage to avoid going through ...
... at about 97%! AND then the rain came, in torrents, all night. We had to resort to the Hobbit, part two and we enjoyed that again. Now in the inevitable MacDonald's as our wifi deal with 3 using a mifi system is not working so Sue on Skype, 45 minutes so far, trying to get help. 3 have set up a deal with France (not sure which company) for a shared use but it is not being shared with ...
... end product. A little like sailing.
Back onto the bus for 1.5 hours to Bourges, a little village with buildings dating back to 1400. This was one of the few areas in France with structures this old because it was not bombed during the war. In most areas old Roman walls were dismantled and the stone used to construct new walls or buildings. But in Bourges people built their homes directly in the Roman walls which were 30' thick by removing ...
... day. After breakfast, we wandered into the gardens to see the Cathedral before setting off into the little town. It was very nice with lots of old buildings and narrow lanes. We stopped for lunch in a café next to the Tourist Office which was good. After sitting people watching for a while, we found a Carrefour so managed to get our supplies up-to-date again. Back to the van to plan the next leg of this tour
We came to the south of France via the westerly route. We return through the centre, passing places with the names of French specialities: Roquefort, Volvic, Puy and Vichy. Why are so few English foods named after their origins? We can only think of cheddar cheese and Stilton - and even Stilton was never made in the village that bears its name. The motorway takes us up into the Massif Central, which we have never seen before. The mountains may ...