|We get up early to have coffee with Eric before he goes to work – this after being awake for several hours as a storm with lots of lightening and thunder moves in. It is pelting rain. Sally says over 40,000 houses per year, in France, are struck by lightening.
We hop in the car and drive to the Limoges porcelain museum and store in St.Yrieix la Perche – all the patterns of china are quite dazzling in one place.
After a brief teatime, we say our goodbyes and we head towards Bordeaux.
All the way, it is rainy and miserable so we decide to pass up this city and stop when we feel like it. The N10 to Spain is a major commerce route – many, many trucks on both sides of the freeway. Something we haven’t mentioned before is that France has toll roads – the one today cost us 9 Euros.
We’re tired and stop at Dax, just an hour from the border to Spain. The hotel is a chain which we have not stayed in and Mark’s intuition says something just ain’t right. To cut a long story short the room faces the freeway, the A/C don’t work, it hot and stuffy so Mark puts on his charming face an goes to complain. After some bickering we get another room on the other side of the hotel, still no A/C but at least we can open the window but it’s a handicap bath room smells bloody terrible.
So, close the bathroom door, open a bottle of wine, and have dinner comprising of: baguette, camembert cheese, sausage, and chocolate – something different but very adequate for these weary travelers.