An unplanned route back home
The news from the Moroccan authorities of the closure of their borders for anyone coming from Spain gave us no other option but to head the way back home through an unplanned alternative route that took us to some of the most beautiful regions in France.
Once we’d received the news we set off for home straight away. With the situation worsening our first aim was to cross into France before the Spanish Borders began to shut. After two days solid driving through some beautiful central Spanish landscapes, particularly around Salamanca, we crossed over spectacular Pyrennes mountains and stopped at Biarritz, the first major town on the French side.
A stylish beach city on the south west coast Biarritz is a popular summer holiday destination with plenty of well-appointed campsites. Ours was unusually busy with many other ‘refugees’ of all nationalities but we enjoyed a great meal in the campsite restaurant together which featured plenty of local produce. We even had the luxury of fresh bread and croissants for breakfast (delivered direct to the site) before continuing our journey north.
Another day’s travel and we made it to the beautiful town of Amboise in the heart of The Loire Valley, home to some of the finest white vineyards and chateaus in France. Sadly because of the increasingly severe restrictions being imposed by the French Government they were not open, so we had to settle for a home-cooked meal in the caravans, using up the last of our provisions in the process. Certainly somewhere to visit again in happier times
With just half a day’s travel left to reach the ferry port at Ouistreham in Normandy we had time to stop for tea and cake with fellow adventures @ABusandBeyond. It was great to catch up with Shaun and Lizzie to share tales of our travels plus it was an opportunity for everybody to admire the beautiful Bentley who enjoyed more than his fair share of snacks.
Just before we arrived at the ferry port we stopped off at Pegasus Bridge just outside the town. A famous WW-II landmark, this was the first place reclaimed by the Allies during the D-Day Landings and a reminder of the sacrifice made by the people of our grandparent’s generation.