The start of our road trip to Spain.
We took the ferry to calais and decided to drive on the toll roads, to save time and we believe fuel, as we can keep a steady speed of 68 mph.
The cost of tolls to drive across France is 100 euros more or less and a tank and 1/2 of diesel from London, we split the costs.
We took a detour to meet with my cousin, about an hours drive from the toll road and stayed the night.
The next day we had a tour and wine tasting.
Grapes waiting to be picked
Our lunch time meal
Chateau Des Roques
For dinner my cousin treated us out for a meal.
We like our meat cooked Bleu – Done on a very hot grill for one minute on each side
Grape picker for collecting grapes from vines that are more than 5 years old or younger than 30 years
Down to the cellar.
In 1837, as there was a disease that was effecting the vines so all the vineyards decided to dig up all the vines. This took 30 years.
To make a living, they dug the lime stone under the Chateaus, that was sold and used for building in Bordeaux. They then used the mine as a cellar.
Barrels made of French oak and cost 600 euros each and used for 4 years before sold to the Irish for the use for whiskey.
I first hit the road and started backpacking around the world on my first adventure back in 1994. And I want to celebrate by giving thanks, by looking back at all the beautiful people and places that have changed my life.
I have put a collection on my Instagram gallery for you to view, of all the beautiful places I have visited.