Weeks in the French Interior - Summer, 2007
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13 Langeais to St. Witz (north of Paris)
Saturday, August 25
We passed on the chef's breakfast, and hit the nearest cafe, carrying a couple croissants and a pain au chocolat in a bag from the boulangerie around the corner. Four grand tasse coffees, and a Herald Tribune later, we were ready to face another day on the road. We paid our bills, packed, and headed east along the Loire towards Tour to find the autoroute to Paris. We exited in Blois to do the "let's get lost" dance once again. We somehow circled around and found parking within a few hundred yards of a restaurant that we'd seen the wrong way on a one-way street on our way into town, and it turned out to be another really good choice. All food made in-house, hand-written blackboard menus, no crowd, locals. My roti de porc was perfect, as was F.'s salmon.
Next was endless stop-and-go traffic, jostling with all the end-of-August
back-to-Paris traffic. We knew from former trips that the signs to the
CDG airport only appear once you are almost within sight of it, and
somehow remembered that if you are south of Paris, you need only be
very careful to heed all blue autoroute signs that say "Lille"
on them, and you will inevitably end up next to the airport. It worked
perfectly as a method, and we found ourselves driving into the airport
complex before having made a plan about what next. I vaguely recalled
that we needed "Aerogare 2", and then we entered a loop that
recalled to us how we would need to proceed to return our rental car
the next morning (I do not like being lost when our plane is about to
We gave up. Drove back to the Buffalo Grill across from our 2-month old hotel, and I ordered a medium-rare slab of bison with fries, skipping all the other American Enticements they'd plastered across their damned menu.
We finally got the air-conditioner to work in our room, and slept well, with precisely 18" clearance to the wall on either side of our bed.
Copyright© 2007 - Darrell Taylor