What a day, we were up at 5.30 to get the ferry to France, and hit tea time traffic in Paris which resulted in a bit of an epic journey through some horrendous traffic in torrential rain. But then as the traffic thinned and the scenery grew greener we started to relax and really see the beauty of France and wow what stunning countryside.
We were initially concerned about the petrol strikes that have reportedly brought France to a standstill, however we drove through the outskirts of Paris and saw no trouble at all. And also passed at least 15 garages and only notice 3 of them to be closed. We had no trouble at all filling up with diesel. It just shows how the media can hype things up?
We arrived at Domaine de Varenne to the warmest of welcomes by the wonderful Toby and Linda, and instantly felt at home and relaxed. Tonight we have enjoyed a delicious traditional French meal with the other guests at the Domaine de Varenne, it was such a wonderful atmosphere with the warmest and friendliest of people.
The surroundings are breathtaking I cannot wait to share more and get out into the grounds with my camera. And the gite is just beautiful, so rustic and charming, staying here feel like a warm hug. I watched the boys over dinner tonight and they have instantly relaxed. They thoroughly enjoyed their meal and the company, as did we.
We have an exciting day ahead of us tomorrow we will be visiting Geudelon Castle and having a tour of the grounds along with a stone carving lesson, stone masonry is a trade that has born in my family going back generations so to walk in the steps of my beloved Dad and Granddad is something I am really excited about, even if only for one day.