IMG_1992Mostly driving after breakfast at Jean de Bruges. Our priority is to avoid Paris and we have instructed our recalcitrant GPS to go via Rouen. This meant we almost totally avoided the toll roads and stayed on the national routes - with the trucks.

An excellent lunch at the Bar De L'Aviation at Everux. There was a very interesting plane at the nearby airfield in what appeared to be BOAC colours, twin tail,double decker but I could not identify it, nor get to the airfield for a closer look despite several attempts. You can see it all clearly from the motorway but of course you can't stop for a photo.

IMG_1999Our second major stop was at Chartres where we visited the magnificent 12th century cathedral and (for 7e) climbed the clock tower. There is extensive renovation going on but my word what a fantastic place and the view from the roof is truly unbelievable.

Our resting place for the evening took a while to find and is the Suites-Home at Saran, just north of Orleans. This seems to be a travelers hotel and while not wonderful it's spacious and clean, both vital points. Mme at reception recommended the Bistro 443 over the road and very good it is too. The service is quite excellent and the food very good indeed, we shall do well if the rest of the trip is so good.IMG_2008

Saran seems to have fallen on hard times with several closed factories and a lot of graffiti. We shall traverse Orleans tomorrow and see what that looks like but I have low expectations.