We headed south from Calais down the west coast of France and concentrated on driving on the correct side of the road and working out what signs meant! We were relieved that mostly roads were wider and we managed the change to driving on the RHS pretty easily. The weather was still very grey and cold but that didn't stop us visiting beaches, churches, cathedrals, forts, lighthouses and ordering and paying for our first glasses of red wine in a beach cafe using French. The weather improved as we continued along the coast of France. We travelled from Avranches, Normandie, to Bretagne and the Loire Valley. The highlights were Mont-St Michel, the beaches and the historic buildings. We found the 'Aire de Camping Cars' (camping areas for motorhomes) provided by France to be tremendous. They are mostly free and have facilities for fresh water, as well as waste water/toilet disposal. They certainly cater for the travelling public in France. Missed the last Blog Entry? See all entries on the Trips and Photos page..
We continue south along the west coast of France to La Rochelle, Bordeaux then we stop at Biscarrosse for the night. The highlights were the amazing churches you stumble across in small towns, La Rochelle's wine and food tasting expo, Bordeaux's buildings and the giant sand dune, Dune du Pilat. We have now mastered shopping and getting diesel in France and basic greetings (although we don't get too many words out before they realise we speak English and switch to that). So much for our efforts at French! Missed the last Blog Entry? See all entries on the Trips and Photos page.