GTROC European Tour – Day 4

by iansmith
5 years ago

Day 4

A nice lie in today, meant we all felt better after our early start and a long wet day at track; met by our French hosts, we all set off in convoy to the next destination – a converted monastery in Provence.  We all decided we would use the itinerary from now on, not sat nav and despite a few hiccups, we managed pretty well.  Some lovely roads and some boring motorways, but you can’t traverse Europe quickly without them…nor the toll charges [warning: take plenty Euros if you do a trip like this].

More intermittent weather – rain then sun, then cloud, then rain!

We stopped, en-route, at the Millau Viaduct…well, eventually, after Geetak took the early turnoff – he really must read that itinerary more closely!

The viaduct is very impressive and after a brisk and cool walk to the summit of the viewing point, we took advantage of the photo opportunities and Geetak and Nigel suggested we stayed to video them crossing the viaduct.  A slight technical problem with my camera meant I only got a snap of Geetak – Nigel had pulled ahead of him, but here it is for all to see…

he he he … just kidding Geetak!

Here is the gang at the top of the viewing point for the viaduct:

After the photos we continued en-route to St Maximin in Provence and our ultimate destination Hotel Le Couvent Royal.  Rooms were basic (no shower curtains???) but the building was spectacular and our host, general manager Jan, was very entertaining and most co-operative.  Unfortunately the other staff got rather confused over the 8 steaks we ordered, as to which were blue (nearly all of them apparently?) and which were medium (well, maybe two of them), but Jan’s entertaining manner amused us and a good night was had by all – well, nearly all, unfortunately, we’d picked up 2 casualties by now – Mary and Sue (Adam’s, not my Sue) were both down with various ailments for the night.

The Basilica next door to Le Couvent Royal may not normally be my cup of tea, but you can’t come all that way and not go in, can you?  It is purported to hold the skull of Mary Magdolene. So at dinner, we decided to set off at 10:00am, so we could spend 30 mins having a look around and with that, we all headed off to bed.