We consider ourselves very lucky to be able to take 3 months out of our normal lives to travel. Its been a hectic couple of months leading up to this moment as we have not only been packing and preparing for our own adventure but we have been getting our house ready and partially packed up for another fellow travelling family to move into whilst we are away! I was always confident we would get things ready in time, unlike some other members of the family, er Wayne 😉 But we did it and we are finally on the road 🙂
A 3am start to catch the ferry and after a quick fuel stop and a slight grrrr moment when we realised the cable to the satnav was missing some vital silver bits and a fuse but after digging around and dismantling other charging cables managed to make good. Phew! Having driven many times in France its so much easier to navigate with a satnav!
After many hours of driving and major traffic jams round Paris we reached the hotel in Chateauroux. The weather was gorgeous so after getting all our bags into the hotel room we had a wander to a restaurant nearby and ate outside 🙂
Following a good nights sleep we loaded up the car again, popped into the supermarket to pick up some bits for lunch and set off again. This is the first time we took Skipper our dog with us and he was a superstar in the car.
We took the non-toll roads on the last leg of our journey to Simorre which was a great choice. With the exception of the Romanians who overtook us at speed, then stopped and tried to flag us down – that was a bit scary. We just kept driving as we had heard of this sort of thing – they get you to stop and they rob you 😦 I felt a bit unsettled for a few miles after.
That aside, we drove through some lovely countryside and hardly met any other traffic. We stopped for lunch in a small village and arrived at our first house sit around 5pm in the pouring rain 😦
We were warmly greeted by Peter and their dog Zola and were soon joined by Sabina. Their house is amazing. Beautiful setting with so much land to explore.
So far its all good.