Road rules and winding roads

Trip Start Feb 15, 2012
Trip End Sep 17, 2012

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Flag of France  , Aquitaine,
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Before i talk about today's adventures, let me update yesterday's. You may have noticed we put up some photos but no words...sorry. The day started with a short trip to Ciboure, a 5 minute drive followed by maybe 30 minute drive along a beautiful coast to Hendaye. At Ciboure we stopped long enough for a morning coffee and then walked to the local fort. Spectaclar coastline even on a quiet weather day.

Hendaye was much busier than last week...tourists coming from everywhere this week. I had a simple sandwich of jambon et gruyere, Sandy had something more but I can't recall. I had a lovely mango sorbet. We then headed to the car wash... I am becoming more and more sympathetic to expats coming to oz every day. Now how does this bloody thing work?? Do you buy a ticket somewhere?? No you simply drive in and stop. Get out of the car and put coins in the slot. For €3 you get basic, for €4 you get better, for €5 you get deluxe... I felt better when the French lady behind us was asking for instructions.

We then headed to the Peugeot shop, Sandy was not happy with the fact that the airbag off light stayed on each time the car started for about a minute. Guy was v good, checked and tested it (no not by setting it off)... All ok

Homeward bound again. We did our evening beach walk and had dinner at home

Early start today... up well before sunrise. Since sunrise is 755am it isn't too hard! We then drove to St Jean Pied de Port, a famous town that is the entry point to the Pyrenees...lovely little town. It then became more interesting as we drove on up into the mountains. Snow at the side of the road and VERY windy roads, sheer drops at the edge, scary but safe.

Lunch today was the start of a new at as many Michelin recommended restaurants as possible in France.  We now have the v good iPad app, you simpy ask for recommended places near where you are standing and voila.  Today we had lunch in a place that they describe as good standard with economical meals.  Their reviewers gave it 4 stars (not to be confused with Michelins stars!!). So today we had lunch at Etchamaite Hotel restaurant in Larrau, it had spectacular views and v good food.  I had sole meunière and Sandy had coquilles St Jacques...both dishes were very good.  [Sandy said if Ken M thinks of  Shaw and Smith he'll get the drift.]

Headed home again and Sandy drove from St J Pied, about an hours drive. I was much more relaxed this time, I think that the fact that there was room for 2 cars in these roads helped but her 'line' was a comfortable distance for the trees. I am compelled to add that my earlier comment about the 'death seat' was not a personal reference to Sandy's driving but a common name for the front passenger's seat, I wish to unequivocally stress that her driving has no reference to the naming.

All pretty uneventful until we were less than 2 kilometers from home. The GPS lady (who NEVER says recalculating..she just does it) took us a completely new way into town...over a one lane bridge. Sandy was not phased at all, they get one car then we get one car and they had had their turn so Sandy set off...but so did the car on the other side. Without blinking Sandy simply put 2 wheels (both wheels were on one side of the car) up the kerb and keep charging. So did the other car. Voila easy. The only thing I could think to say was ..."you can get back down now we have no need for the footpath and a tree is coming". Impeccable driving

Michelin was given a miss for dinner, we went to our local cafe. I am not quite sure how but Sandy managed to get between a lovely French couple, the wife explained that her husband had been dead for some years and the guy with her drank too much and did nothing around the house. She then started crying when Sandy explained we had been married for more than 30 years. If that was not enough she then talked to the guy and he explained that they were actually married and the wife had alziemers?? They both thanked Sandy profusely and gave her a kiss and left...phew. The barman told us later that they are not married

I have a couple of road signs still confusing me...some have the diagonal line thru and that is clearly 'no left turn' or whatever...but red circle and a bike, means 'no bikes'...needs to diagonal line.

What about this video of the roudnabout....why does the car stop and let the truck (and others) go?  Like he is on a terminating road, and lots of others did it here, hence the video
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bruce & jenny on

I don't think you should say sorry for not writing yesterday. You are on holiday and it's not fair on you if you feel that you have to constantly update the blog.
I reckon that you do an absolutely wonderful job with it anyway. We're all lucky to be brought along for the ride in such a comprehensive way - thank you.

Deanna on

I think you should update the blog regularly - lol - !!!! xx merci

buckgw on

Bruce and Jenny....thanks but some of my readers are soooooo demanding

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