Then after surfacing in Calais, I drive all the way across France to Provence!
Sounds simple doesn't it.
It's actually over 1,000 kilometres (626 miles) which is nearly 12 hours of non-stop driving. Personally speaking I stopped doing non-stop driving on my own after a consultancy assignment lasting several months which involved me driving for five hours from London to Penzance in Cornwall every Monday morning - and then put in a full day's work.
These days I like to make steady progress but break it up.
I've actually driven across France before - but never done it both ways having previously let the motorail take some of the strain, mainly to save time. All navigation came courtesy of the big yellow book otherwise known as the Michelin atlas of France. This time my new satnav comes too.
Current plans are to stop in Epernay, the capital of the Champagne world, on Thursday night, somewhere on the south side of Lyon, the the capital of gastronomy in France, on Friday night before getting to my destination on Saturday. You may have guessed by now that I like the way the French value fine food and wines!
|Driving down to Provence - click this link to see more of the route|
You can follow what we all get up to on Four Go Painting in Provence. You can follow all the places we paint in Places We Painted which also includes possible prospects for painting.
Today's post is about The first time I went painting in Provence - when the BBC came too!
I'm also planning to post my sketches to Travels with a Sketchbook. Not sure if I've quite got a hang of mobile posting yet but I'm going to give it a go.
I'll be back writing this blog normally again after 4th July - which is when I'm due back home after I've driven all the way back to London!