There was anther detail that made our holiday go so well and that was the French roads. I’ve never experienced anything like it. No pot holes and in seven days and 1200 miles there wasn’t one traffic jam, even when we went on the equivalent of the M25 around Bordeaux. We would cruise through beautiful countryside and stunning villages for up to four hours and it would feel like two. One other tip to make the driving more fun is to make sure you have some music. Our car is of the CD vintage but we also took our portable Bose speaker so we could play anything on Tidal (Similar to Spotify). We used a map (old-school) and Google maps when needed which is great when you're entering busy cities or trying to work out ferry crossing times.
Another tip is to make sure you pack well. It can be really annoying and stressful when you're packing and unpacking every day and trying to find things. I used lots of little cotton bags that I’d collected from purchases or shoes. That way everything had its place. Separate bags for our underwear, electricals, shoes etc. I even had a separate bag that stayed in the boot of our car for dirty clothes so our suitcase became easier to search through as the days passed. Next take out road rescue insurance. Make sure you can get home with your car no matter what’s wrong with it. You can usually add it on to your road rescue that you have at home and it isn’t expensive. However if you have a classic car like us you will be paying more. Finally book your ferries in plenty of time. The earlier you book the better the deal –like flights. You’ll know the best company when you know what route you want to do.
The holiday was more than we ever could have imagined. It was a real break from adulthood not having any plans. This may sound corny but it really frees your soul. I guess it’s because so much of our lives are controlled by work and routine and always knowing what’s next. So a holiday like this gives you a real sense of freedom, like stepping back in time and being 21 again, with nothing else to worry about other than what’s happening right now.
So as you troll through the pics I’ll tell you the best places we stayed, the most delicious restaurants and the mistakes we made. Enjoy and I hope it helps to inspire you!