Friday, June 27, 2014
Day One - Stratford to Dourdan
We have successfully arrived at our first overnight stop - the Hotellerie Blanche de Castille in Dourdan just south of Paris. En route we braved the Paris rush hour traffic to circle the Arc de Triomphe - twice! - followed by the Place de la Concorde and then the iconic Eiffel Tower. We'd love show you some photos but none of them were any good (tomorrow Angela can drive and Andy can take the photos!).
Apparently it's market day tomorrow so the whole of the centre of Dourdan is cordoned off - guess where the hotel is?! Yep, slap bang in the middle. We toured the whole of Dourdan (probably not really but if felt like it) trying to find the hotel without success so had to park up and walk in to find the only vehicle access to the hotel was a pedestrian walkway! The only glitch in an otherwise super day.
The room is quite comfortable and has a lovely view but no tea making facilities!! Andy is gutted! There'll be no living with him in the morning.
Weather on the journey was very mixed - we had the top down around Paris yet at other times were slowed to a crawl due to the heavy rain with near-zero visibility. One major point of conflict has arisen between driver and co-driver; Andy likes the car cool so Angela is huddled up in blankets and coats, yet when she drives the car is like a sauna leaving Andy gasping for breath and struggling to stay awake! It's not certain that any compromise will be reached by the end of the trip!
Tomorrow sees us heading for the south of France and hopefully some more typically warm weather!