It’s the very end of August and travelling from south to north to south to north, south and back again (yes, we have crossed the Dordogne 5 times) on this Grand Adventure, we have seen quite a bit of the toll roads network.
Heading north to the Charente-Maritime from the Tarn et Garonne region really brought home how long we’ve been on the Grand Adventure as the scenery has quite dramatically transformed before our eyes.
The sunflower fields that always signal the start of the summer in the south are no longer glowing. Instead, the stems are the colour of tobacco, and their once golden happy smiling faces are bowed to the ground in defeat, a pale lemon imitation of the majesty they once were.
The summer here hasn’t been as hot as we had expected, but even so, the verges are scorched brown, and the once green crops are yellowing. Even the sturdy maize crops are straggly and we can see the cobs begging to be picked.
We bake in the car on one of the hottest days of the summer, but it’s a reasonable short journey of only 5 hours or so, and although we’ve been on this journey for 2 months already there is something of a feeling of heading closer to home.
This next chapter won’t be a complete surprise to us as we have already taken complete advantage of the very generous hospitality provided by house-swappers no 4, Keith and Annick.
We’re familiar with the picturesque house and a little of the area. This provides a whole different proposition than that of the previous 3. We’re looking forward to it. The countryside. The peace and quiet. The coast. The gastronomy.
Wish you were here…
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