Welcome to Francais! Just picture it... the Zrim's are gunning it down the French highway (won't mention their bloody tolls!) and we were lucky enough to get some amazing views of the seaside below including a stunning view of the luxirious and fabulous Monaco! We decided to avoid the posh and luxurious coastline of Southern France... but let's be honest we wouldn't really fit in and we didn't have time for people watching! So we looked on from afar at the massive super yachts down below and kept on the road. We did however take a little trip off the highway to drive along the boulevard in St Laurent and it was stunning but then it was back to the highway for us. We got a hell of a lot of kms under out belt and in the late afternoon and we arrived at our destination of Avignon! We didn't really know what to expect so were pleasantly surprise to find an old city surrounded by a city wall with a beautiful palace and old bridge. It was absolutely stunning and we were excited about exploring it and not driving at all for one whole day!!!
So yesterday we were up and at 'em and headed in to the city of Avignon for a day of exploring. Our first stop was the half bridge... it is a half bridge now only because of it collapsing over the centuries, it is pretty cool. So the tourists that we are got right up there with our audio guides (look alike 80s mobile phone) and had some spectacular views and a lot of fun. Then it was on to the Palais du Papas, the Palace of the Popes, for some more history lessons and again some magical views of the city. Following from our very informative morning we strolled the tiny streets of the city, stopping at a little french patisserie on the way and settling on a peaceful bench by the river to watch the boats and birds pass.
That evening after a long day of being tourists we headed for a nice dinner on the River Rhone. It turned out to be one of the more eventful dinners of our lives! It was a lovely peaceful dinner watching the sun go down and we had a lovely meal... then... whilst waiting for dessert something dropped from the heavens... a bird poop straight on to dad's shirt. We could hardly control ourselves with laughter!!! Everyone in the restaurant was laughing as we were cleaning him up... but wait there's more. A few more huge drops fell around him over a period of 5 minutes and you should have seen these things... it was no budgie up there! So the waiter protected dad with an umbrella (which too then got covered in poop). Then the whole restaurant screamed as we heard an all might bang (which turned out to be a flare type gun) follwed by Ravens sqwalking and flying from the trees. Thanks for the warning mr waiter! ha ha It was hilarious. A nice dinner, lots of entertainment, and dad now has a really lucky shirt.
So today it is goodbye Avignon and due to lack of time left on our trip we are heading through Marsaille to the bridge at Millau, a picture below... tallest bridge in Europe (eek!) and then up headed for Paris. We are slowly taking the scenice route towards Paris over the next several days.
And in case you guys are wondering how life in the van is here is some Zrim Van Tour info...
Andrew (Dad) is a very good driver so he takes over when we hit the windy and hairy roads. He also has quite a road ragers tongue at times... Italian Drivers 0 Dad 1, don't mess with this guy on the road he means business.
Daniel is the chief navigator! He is in charge of the sat nav and makes sure we get from A to B and is vital in telling us if our plans are going to work and if we have enough time to get to where we need to be. He is also in charge of the toll gate machines. Funniest thing ever, the toll machine wouldn't take the note because it was too crumpled, and the bus driver behind us beeped about 5 times in 1 minute so Daniel flipped him the bird as we took off and as the bus got straight through he was right behind us and overtook us and as he did, Daniel hid behind our caravan and camping guide... what a man Dan! He is also king jokey joke maker and loves giving nicknames. Mum now goes by the names of Ribena berry (purple raincoat) or Mutsie meaning kitty in Slovenian and he has likened me to an elf so the elf jokes just keep rolling... no Daniel I can not use my elf powers to make the kettle boil faster. Sarah has a new hair cut and is now called GaGa all day long when she wears her top with the shoulder pads. So I guess with all that, Daniel is chief of Fun!
Jacquie (Mum) is in charge of being mum... she keeps us all in line and makes sure we are behaving and is on clothes washing duty and of course our source of bill paying. Thanks Mum!
Sarah is... well what doesn't she do... she cooks the most amazing meals in our tiny van kitchen incluing crepes and schnitzels! We don't do things by halves. She also keeps the van clean and tidy and does a great job of driving when it's her turn. She gets her road rage from dad!
Me (Kate) well I am also in charge of some of the driving and also iPod control. I am chief time keeper and planner, making sure the alarms are set, everyone is up and ready in the mornings and if we need to be we are kept to a strict schedule... therefore I am not the most liked person in the mornings but hey... someone has got to do it.
So that is all for now... we are off on the road again now and will try and update the blog when possible over the next few days.
Love to you all.