Last night we were parked up in the courtyard of a vineyard in Cormot-Le-Grand near Beaune, we were back in Burgundy country next to a small fast stream and nestled into a hillside. We arrived mid afternoon after a drive through some pretty bad fog with visibility down to maybe 50metres at some places on the motorway, pretty scary on occasions and we drove past a horrible accident on the other side of the motorway with the emergency services just arriving. Very upsetting.
We were up before the sun yesterday and went to explore the lake we parked next to the night before, a gold and red sky to the east and a pink horizon to the west made for a beautiful panorama but it was freeeeezing cold and after twenty minutes of Jack Frost having a serious nibble at our ears we took a couple of quick pics and retired back to Lulu for a cuppa. We were going to stop in a free camping car Aire in Nuits St George yesterday but when we arrived it was pretty bleak so we just emptied the waste and water and pushed on down to Beaune for a leg stretch. The courtyard we parked in was tiny but since we arrived another two Motorhomes managed to squeeze in.
Of course it's customary and only good manners to sample the produce of the folk allowing you to park on their property for free and very nice it was too and so we are now the proud owners of a half dozen bottles of Hautes Cotes de Beaune but not for too much longer I suspect.
Today we set off to St Etienne to see in the New Year with our eldest daughter Catherine and her family. The sat navs gave us two choices. 2h39m and 217k on the toll motorways or 3h37m and 217k on the free roads. We decided on the tolls as it's cold and foggy again today and we want to hurry up to see our daughter.
Talking of sat navs; it was getting a bit much with Helen and Bernadette directing me and Phil adding her two penn'orth as well. But thanks to the wonders of modern tech I've eased the situation a bit so it's goodbye to Helen and hello to George. (Nothing personal Helen but one of you had to go and I couldn't really see you and George working well together). Incidentally I once had a phone with sat nav and Ozzie Osbourne's voice on it and I know it's pathetic but it cracked me up every time he said in a slightly slurred Brummy twang "You have now arrived at your f*****g destination". Wish I still had that.
Medical Update: Patient has almost made a full recovery and should be on top form to see in the New Year.
And now here we are in St Etienne, we've had a bite to eat and we're waiting for Catherine to come home from work so she can get the party started. Lulu is parked outside so no worries regarding windows this time.
Wishing you all a peaceful and happy 2014 - Bon Fete!!