Friday, 7 August 2009

More Travelling

We have been on the road again this week, looking for cars.

On Wednesday we drove to Nantes and back, and yesterday we drove to Nemours just south of Paris and back. We did it all on non toll paying roads, which probably added an hours or two on to the trip, but saved us a lot of money. Our route is here. One of the things it did reconfirm with us is how lucky we are to live where we do: to the west of us is prarie country - wide open grain fields, flat horizons and dust, and there are elements of the same to the northeast.

We haven't bought anything though - except for a small box of Charantais melons. Driving through the countryside around Richelieu and Chatellerault with the windows open gives interesting olofactory experience - alternating ripe melon and cowshed muck. It seemed a bit of a waste to drive through the Charente in melon season and not buy any, so in the end we followed a series of roadside "melon a vendre" signs and made a purchase of 5 juicy, ready to eat one day after the other melons. I think we got the "today" and "tomorrow" melons confused, but that's life...

Nemours in the sun
Annoyingly the car dealership at Nemours was closed. Even though we have an email giving their opening times, we think they may have put a typo in the date and gone on holidays yesterday, not the 16th of August. The day wasn't wasted though - we popped in on Ken and Walt, which is always a pleasure. Then on the way home we had a magnificent display of lightning of all kinds which lit up the sky in a big arc in the south and west - very impressive, and when we arrived home we even had 10 minutes of really heavy rain. Not our preferred option, but better than nowt.



Anne in Oxfordshire said...

As you say, the day wasn't wasted.

Just to think, without the world of blogging, you wouldn't of had Ken and Walt to pop into..not unless you knew them already!

I don't know them, but I do read their blogs, as my Blogging friend Leesa from Paris has been to see them, along with her husband!!

I have also met Leesa, on a trip to Paris back in April, we had a blogger/expat meet up. Arranged by Leesa.

Barbara said...

Hi Simon & Susan,

Nice to hear about your road trip. I can relate to your experience of traveling only by the "Nationale" instead of paying tolls. Didier & I used to do this all the time, enjoying trip much better like this than on the asphalt all the time.

We all live among "blog neighbors"; Anne being my friend as well as Leesa(she lives close by my home). I should pop in on Ken & Walt's blog too since we are all know each other !

Jim's Loire said...

Rained last night in Epeigné for a couple of hours – quite heavy rain at times with lightning. Don't think there was any hail fortunately as it has already done enough damage.

Jean said...

It's been chucking it down here on and off for the last two weeks. We're fed up with rain and grey skies, even tho' it's been quite warm. Yuk. The forecast is better for this weekend so we're looking forward to a BBQ.
Lovely photo.

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