Lost & found
15.05.2011 - 15.05.2011 16 °C
Left Avallon at about 9am and drove straight to Vezelay. Wow, what a beautiful place!
Perched on a hill, this gorgeous medieval village is out of this world. There are signs encouraging tourists to see it on foot, for obvious reasons once you see how narrow the streets are. It's not a very big place, so the fewer cars the better.
A street in Vezelay - so pretty!
Right at the top of the hill is a basilica, still in use today, with a monastery just across the way. Because today is Sunday, they rang the bells for the call to mass while I was there - very moving.
Around the side of the basilica are the ruins of a 12th century abbey, which you can see in the photos. And the view from there was just stunning.
12th Century Abbey ruins
On the way back to the carpark, there was a man selling cherries - just 4 euros a kilo - very nice they are too! Also had my first experience of one of those "continental" loos, where you stay standing & just sort of, well, squat (see photo). Very strange, but workable. Thankfully most public loos are "normal" so far.
Left there about 11:30 and headed south east to make my way to Sarazzac. I had to check in before 7pm, so I had to make sure I didn't get lost too often. Well, I was just about to pay homage to the goddess GPS because she had been so helpful, when she decided to play silly buggers & tried to send me up a roped-off track in the middle of the countryside! I'm not sure, but I think it was someone's driveway. That wasn't the only time she put me wrong today, but I managed to sort it out each time & made it to the hotel just after 6pm. Guess it took about an hour longer than it would have if all had gone smoothly. I won't complain too much about the GPS since I would still be in Paris without it! Plus it lets me know when there's a speed trap in the area.
The motorways (autoroutes) are great here - every 40km there's a gas station and place to eat, and in between there's usually a rest area with loos & recycle bins, and sometimes a playground.
I'm off to Carcassonne tomorrow, should take about 3 hours, all going well.