Right Day 1 & Day 2 Routes are sorted......
RR will be along shortly with a daily itinerary for those days
Well, here goes folks - the first instalment, as promised by JSM, to whet your appetites.
Wednesday 7th October.
Depart the Eurotunnel terminal on to the old coastal road at Bleriot Plage (from where Louis Bleriot started his cross-channel flight 100 years ago) and follow this route down to Boulogne Boulogne-sur-Mer / Town Guide
where we park up for the morning (point B on the map is a good-sized car park that doesn't get too busy). After a wander down the Grand Rue and breakfast from one of the many patisseries there, it's into Place Dalton for a browse around the lively street market before moving back up the hill into the walled old town with its ramparts, fort and cathedral. http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...ueBoulogne.jpg
Late morning, depart Boulogne and on to the motorway towards Abbeville then east towards Rouen so as to avoid driving anywhere near to Paris. Proposed lunch stop is here Les relais routiers
(the calf's head is not compulsory
) at point C on the map.
From here, it's on to Rouen then turning southwards and off the motorway for a bit of cross-country travel before rejoining the motorway again north of Orleans for the final run down to our overnight stop in Bourges (most likely the Hotel Premiere Classe). In the town centre, there is a wide range of restaurants to cater for all ethnic preferences. Restaurant BOURGES : le guide restaurant, la slection des meilleurs restaurants BOURGES.
Route for Day 1 : http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&so...,10.799561&z=7
for the day - 22.50€
Thursday 8th October.
Into Bourges town centre Bourges France - Loire Valley - IndigoGuide Bourges
and park up close to the 13th century cathedral for a visit here Bourges Cathedral
and/or the old medieval quarter Bourges - The half-timbered houses of Bourges
After a couple of hours soaking up the culture and architecture, we take the motorway south almost to Clermont-Ferrand before turning off for the proposed lunch stop here (point C on the map) Les relais routiers
within sight of the numerous extinct volcanoes.
After lunch, if the weather is suitable and time permits then we may drive to the top of one of them (Puy-de-Dome) http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/n...-de-dome-1.jpg
before it's briefly back on to the motorway to the start of a little 'diversion' courtesy of JSM, through the Gorges du Tarn Gorges du Tarn France travel information, places to visit, gites and Gorges du Tarn hotels
to reach our overnight stop in Millau (edit : hotel now decided) Millau France travel information, places to visit, gites and Millau hotels
. Again, Millau has a wide choice of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets : http://www.linternaute.com/restauran...p/millau.shtml
Route for Day 2: (without Puy-de-Dome) http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&so...,10.799561&z=7
or with the volcano: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=d&so...,10.799561&z=7
for the day - 13.70€ (or 19.70€ if we include the Puy-de-Dome)
(Once the hotel is chosen, I'll update these maps) - edit : maps now updated with hotel location
I'll give you a little while to digest that lot before I hit you with the next couple of days' worth,