Loved these houseboats in France and one of these days we wil do some French barge travel.
The photo's taken in this particular European Grand Tour was the section around France to re-explore some areas more deeply that we had seen before, see some travel icons and discover some new hidden gems off the beaten path. Most of these were taken from Provence to Dordogne, but we also did the Loire Valley and Paris. ( Still need to get those photos and stories up, but it's helpful hopefully, to get a sense of what a Europe road trip is like.)
Our style of European road trip planning includes LOTS of improvising. Often we travel a very short distance like we did between Nimes and Arles. Sometimes we stay longer because we like an area like we did with the amazing Camargue and while visiting Agde because of the kids clubs there. Our biggest goal that year was to return to Paris because Mozart hadn't been there since we celebrated her 6th birthday there at the beginning of our family world trip in 2006.
Thus, sometimes, we do faster travel and we had basked long enough in the south of France that year.We got up early in Avignon, Mozart did a little artwork project while we packed things up and headed out to Rocamadour. We missed beautiful Rocamadour last time in the Dordogne, but it is to the far east of the region, so perfect on our central run up the middle of France towards the Loire and Paris.
Alas, perfect plans sometimes go astray. After seven hours of driving and ready to rest, we found the tiny, cliff side roads to Rocamadour too scary for our old, very heavy ( weighted down with homeschool books and a full sized digital piano) RV. We have done our time on scary roads in Santorini, Delphi, San Sebastian and more, so didn't want to do it again.
We tried a few different routes in, but then finally decided to add another few hours and head to Limoges further north which has a good campsite open all year. The good news about a long drive is I got to do some work on photos and some writing while DaVinci drove and I took these photos along the way.
It was especially fun to see Carcasonne from the road as we had been there in 2006 and discovering Carlucet was a treat. The road tolls are small when one is doing short trips, but they are painful for DaVinci when we do these long drives.
I actually wrote most of this post while doing this trip, but just discovered it again, so thought you might enjoy it now.
Have you done a European or French road trip? Or would you like to? We look forward to doing many more as the next language that our 11 year old wants to learn in French and we adore Europe.