Sorry that i've not posted for a while. work got a little crazy at the beginning of august and then 2 weeks ago i headed off to france on holiday with my parents.
now i know what you're thinking...21 holidaying with parents. let me fill in a few details which benyamin
would no doubt do for me anyway if i didnt and will no doubt make humourous reference to as soon as he can!
back in december my parents told me they were planning to go the loire valley region of france this summer, and since they knew i probably wouldnt be able to afford a decent holiday. add to this the fact that the loire valley is my favourite place in the world...the river...the scenery...the chateauxs....the wine! and considering that it would cost me almost nothing i jumped at the chance! downside was that my parents have a caravan, and its only for 2 people to sleep. so it was obvious i'd need a tent or something similar. got a tent and an inner tent which goes inside an extension to the caravans awning.
so my family has a caravan...and as a huge top gear fan, it is quite hard to admit this fact. add to this that my mother changed her car in may to a kia sorento 4x4 you probably guess how shocked me and ben were when top gear went caravanning using a kia! have to say this ones slightly better at pulling the caravan! but i wish to make no further reference to said car manufacturer!
so off we went
days 1 & 2 (travelling)
so after an overnight stop in folkstone, it was onto a ferry to dunkerque, what was wrong with going to calais i've no idea! must've been cheaper to dunkerque. then from their a nice long drive in heavy rain to reims in the champagne region of france for a couple of nights. put up the awning and inner tent in torrential rain, truly awful.
day 3 (Reims)
the next day we went off to see reims and sample some champagne. first stop was the abandoned buildings of the old reims motor racing circuit. an amazing place some of the buildings are being restored on the outside and look impressive. then into reims. catherdral, obligatory statue of joan of arc (a must have for any french town) and some other sites. then to epernay, home of most of the big champagne houses, moet, lanson and the likes. went on a tour of moets caves they have 17 km of caves to store their champagne, thankfully i didnt see all 17km of it! then to a small village of hautvillier (and please dont ask me how you pronounce that cos i dont know) which apparently was the home to a monk called dom perignon who it is claimed to have first created champagne as we know it. apparently. tried some champagne. bought 6 bottles.
day 4 (travelling incl le mans)
next day another long drive in the rain. down to the town of saumur in le val de loire. via le mans. and yes down the hunadieres straight towards mulsanne round the mulsanne corner and also round arnage and indianopolis corners. all of which is public road. and in a kia towing a caravan! what would clarkson say?
as we got closer to our destination, my childhood holiday memories of this part of the world flooded back...
2moro i'll post part 2