Thoughts from France: South and Land of the Telepass

Monday we said goodbye to the most beautiful Gite we have ever visited and set off toward the Dordogne!

.our home for the last week in Brittany.

It was a long drive so we aimed to leave early, 9am ( well we are on our holiday ) as usual we didn’t quite reach that goal and we finally were on the road by about 9.30 am. 

Now I am a great believer in fate and we had not been going long when we hit a massive traffic jam. There had been a crash ahead, it must have been a big one as at least five Emergency vehicles went through. In Brittany there are not three lane motorways they have only two lanes and we were stationary. When the Emergency vehicles came through it was amazing how all the cars managed to part like the Red Sea.

Eventually we were all filtered off the Motorway and after an hour’s delay we were off! I believe we were lucky that we had left late as we could of been involved. 

 As we drove south the temperature rose and rose and by early afternoon we were in the 30s. The scenery changed too.

Land of the Telepass

We also entered the land of the Telepass. Last year I found I was not tall enough to reach the booths to put our card in to pay the toll it was not fun! So this year hubby invested in a Telepass. We got ours just before we left for holiday,activated it and attached it to our windscreen. 
We approached our first booth with trepidation! We edged up to the barrier very slowly. “It’s not working” hubby ever the pessimist. “Be brave”I said “go faster” he did . A ping sounded in the car and hooray it worked!

We were in the South and our Telepass was working! 

Our hosts home

Our home

We found our second destination without too much stress and had a warm welcome from our hosts, a parrot,ducks and chickens and two Dobermans ! 

Today we are resting  by the pool as tomorrow rain is forecast. So, ‘For tomorrow may rain so today we will soak up the sun!’ (Very nearly a Beatles quote) 


23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bee Halton
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 13:43:56

    What a lovely pool. I would enjoy that too if I were you. Hope you don’t get too much rain 🙂


  2. Paul
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 13:56:30

    Wonderful travel story Willow. I enjoy it when you tell the story and accompany it with pictures.


  3. ourfrenchoasis
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 14:28:20

    I hope no one was too badly injured in the accident. What beautiful gites you have been staying in, they look just gorgeous. Yesterday was scorching here, another canicule. Today was equally hot and gorgeous, it rained very briefly around 4pm, but is for the time being sunny again now. Not enough rain to do any good at all, we’ll see if we get any more! Enjoy the rest of your holiday x


    • willowdot21
      Sep 13, 2016 @ 16:29:36

      So do I we do not know what happened! We spent all day by the pool as tomorrow we have been told there are Thunder and rain storms coming in!! It is certainly blowing up here though still incredibly hot!!


      • ourfrenchoasis
        Sep 14, 2016 @ 20:11:01

        We had a huge storm last night and some much needed rain. Today, was much cooler, 23C, a big change from the high 30’s. But the sun shone most of the day and there was no more rain and we now have no more forecast this week, just much cooler weather. Hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday xx

      • willowdot21
        Sep 14, 2016 @ 20:53:17

        We had the storm too and it rained all day, we think tomorrow will be more of the same but hey ho I am sure it will be good again soon! 😊

  4. bipolarmuse♥
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 15:47:20

    These pictures took me on a little Holiday as well… so very beautiful. ♥


  5. Audrey Dawn - Oldest Daughter Redheaded Sister
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 17:00:25

    Looks to me like a lovely trip. May you have many reasons to smile and laugh together. So envious!!!


  6. jan
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 17:14:14

    I’m so jealous!


  7. Lynz Real Cooking
    Sep 13, 2016 @ 20:03:02

    So beautiful wow!


  8. Hugh's Views and News
    Sep 14, 2016 @ 07:09:56

    A wonderful write-up, Willow. Looks an idyllic place. I hope you are all recharging the batteries of life. May the sun shine for the rest of the holiday. 🌞


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