France, 1st Stage - Rouen to Angouleme

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
Trip End Oct 27, 2010

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Flag of France  , Normandy,
Sunday, September 5, 2010

On the
way down from boulogne i could still listen to BBC Radio 1 for quite a while! We aimed
to drive all the way down south till bordeaux, some 10hrs away right through the night
without traffic but we were sooo tired we stopped in some crappy motel
in Rouen, near Paris. I was so tired i had to hold out my whole hand in
the cold air to stay awake. Motels in France seem to be all bunched
together and have a robotic booking system.. there's no staff and you go
to a sort of ATM machine where you insert your credit card and it spits
out a key!
On the way to bordeaux.. its Sunday midday and we find that all the shops have closed so we have to drive to chartres to find a McDonalds, free wifi internet access! On the way Jay picks up a french backpacker who was hitchhiking. We drop him off a few hours later and have some KFC.
More driving... before sunset we stop off at a nice field and take some sunset shots, jay gets his first photography lesson. We finally stop off at Angouleme at another cheap motel. We ask the staff for some food at the restaurant but they're closed and they're attitude problem really stinks! Why are all people the same in France? He head off into town and find a dodgy pizza place. Its late and cant eat in, only take away. Back at the hotel we open the pizzas and to be honest they look like crap. They taste ok-ish and we have to make do. We take some photos of a corn field at night and jay gets another photography lesson.
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