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Phase 1: (from Belgium to) Cognac (F)

Driving mostly.

sunny 20 °C
View Southern road trip on moustache17's travel map.

Thursday 30th March.
Saddled my german horse and put its nose south.

The first section of my trip.
Main target was simply to make distance.

In fact very casual and easy 800Km or so.
Paris is always a bit of challenge.
Too many cars and a driving style which is a chaotic, especially the many motorbikes and scooter which zoom in and out the lanes.
But made it without any damage.
Just had to add another 45 minutes of slowing traffic whilst everyone was fighting for each half a meter of tarmac.

Progress was otherwise swift at the motorways, the Paris-Bordeaux section is underutilised most of the time.

The last 50Km or so, off the motorway and into the French countryside were a first joy.
Small villages, wineries everywhere.

I picked my first stop at Cognac, mainly because it was around the 800Km mark.
Unfortunately did not have much time to explore, but it has its own charm.
No need to say if you like Cognac and wine, this are is a must for a vacation on its own.

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Had a great meal in the old town.
If anything will kill me during this trip, it is the food.
A very nice Lotte (Monkfish - or Baudroie (f)).
Great local wine.
And of course, a special cognac. The list of cognac was 3 pages, more than the food menu.
Had to restrain myself as more kilometers to go next day.

Another great experience was the lodging.
I rarely choose a B&B as I like my privacy. Starting a conversation early morning with a breakfast table full of strange people is not my cup of tea.
But "Jardins en ville" was everything a good resting place should be.
Great hosts, wonderful garden setting.
A room in a separate garden building.
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It was just great.
(and the breakfast table was also ok with two nice elderly English travelers)
Might well return here one day...

Rest of the day are some ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.... and ready for next driving stage.

Posted by moustache17 08:45 Archived in France Tagged cognac

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