Our journey began on board Brittany Ferries ship Normandie. We know this ship well having sailed her last year and back in 1992 (her maiden year) with Dad and a very young Michael. We always book a cabin so we can relax on the five and a half hour crossing.
|Much of our first few days were in the car|
|Normandie in 1992 - Dad's photo|
|One of the many Navy ships in the harbour|
|Brittany Ferries catamaran waiting to dock|
Saturday's drive was mainly using 'rue nationales' to cover the miles. Had we used the Autoroute's the day's journey would have cost €80, instead we travelled on the main roads which were straight, smooth, and reasonably quiet.
Our journey took us through the Loire Valley with the obvious lunch stop at Cheverny, obvious because it's one of our favourite Loire wines. Cheverny is a small village with a beautiful Chateau, we didn't have time to visit but did have a stroll round the village.
|Part of the Chateau grounds|
After checking the restaurant menus we went to see what the service station was like, expecting our usual variety of fast food ... but what a surprise. It was amazing, like a posh restaurant with a bar as you went in, a small shop area, a waiter service restaurant and a self service restaurant.
We chose the self service - 5 courses including coffee. The total price including our bottle if wine was £26 - unbelievable value, great food and a new meaning to the word 'service station'.
|Self service restaurant|
|Bar seating area through to waitered restaurant|
The views were amazing. We made a small detour to Lac du Bouchet and enjoyed a coffee at a superb restaurant on the lake side. We found a quiet picnic spot for lunch with views right across the mountains - not had a picnic at 4000 feet before.
|Lac du Bouchet|
|View from our picnic spot|
|Turret overlooking the town|
It was an amazing day, lots of people picnicking, sunbathing, even swimming at the river beach. Plenty of canoeists going down the river, their whoops echoing around the rocks. I took so many photos - these are some of my favourites.
|High cliffs along the gorge|
|The road goes through many tunnels|
|At the Pont d'Arc with my lovely Hubby|
|Pont d'Arc from the other side|
|The Ardeche river from one of the |
many view points
|Ardeche river, perfect for canoeing|
|View towards the Cotes du Rhone region|
our next destination
I'll blog about our wine tasting experiences in my next update - saluté