A few summers ago, when the last child had moved out to uni, my wife and I decided that we would stave off empty nest syndrome with a short road trip around France.
We had just got a swanky new car from Exchange and Mart (an Audi S8, if you’re interested), and we kitted it out with all those road trip essentials for driving in France. Apparently in France you need reflective jackets in the car close to hand, a warning triangle, headlamp beam deflectors, and breathalysers, otherwise you get a hefty on the spot fine. So, we made sure we had all of them!
We drove the car down to the channel tunnel, where we crossed the channel to Calais. I was pleasantly surprised at how good the road networks are there. Karen enjoyed driving too, though it took her a while to get used to driving on the other side of the road – which got a little bit hairy once or twice!
One of the highlights of the trip was the first stop on our road trip. Rouen and its incredible Gothic cathedral, as it wasn’t too far of a drive – only an hour and a half. We were lucky enough to catch the end of the light and sound show that they project on to the façade of the cathedral. We visited The Big Clock and climbed all the way to the top for incredible views of the city!
We visited Versailles, Reims, Verdun, and the Ardennes Forest too on our short round trip. We explored the Ardennes Forest on foot, but we also had a lovely boat trip on the Ardennes canal.