I left Trier on the lesser routes, following the R. Mosel/Moselle, nipped in and out of Luxembourg a couple of times and finally arrived at Verdun. It took longer than I’d thought … it was only six inches on the map! The Passion France stopover was in the car park of a traditional sweet factory – shame I don’t eat them – but I made up for it by having a fruit tart and a cuppa at a patisserie in the town centre. I’ve seen some strange sights but a traditional Brit phone box in the middle of a french town … according to the plaque some English geezer (Comte de Londres???) with money to throw away donated loadsaloot to help with restoration after WW1 so an area around the river is named Quai de Londres and restaurants with English names, such as Le Windsor, abound.
Driving down to Void-Vacon, a place I found in the Passion France guide and chose because the stop is next to a canal, I was back in seventh heaven on the D roads away from the madding crowds and found that the grin had returned. Apparently I’m not a follow the guide person, and certainly not a dash along the motorway person, don’t know why I thought I was … anyway this very typical, slightly scruffy (it sounds just too, too precious to say shabby chic) canalside town has given me an idea for future wanderings.
I shall just look for places I can get to following alongside a canal or river, starting tomorrow, when I shall follow the Le Canal de la Marne au Rhin and the R. Marne towards Châlons-en-Champagne. Now there I might just have to sample what’s on offer!
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