So time to leave the cold and head for the heat. And what heat! We hear it’s up to 40 degrees celsius, so bring it on!
I’m trying to “pack light” this year (not that I ever really “pack large”) so have managed to get 3 1/2 months worth of clothes into my cabin-size luggage, which I’ll put in the hold. It weighs 11 kgs – not bad! It’s one of those hard shell light bags, but it’s another story with the cabin luggage. I have a small bag on wheels but empty, it weighs over 3 kgs, so not much leeway there. And I have to say, my ever-loving will be putting my liquids into his hold luggage! Well, one can’t travel without hair product, skin product, contact lenses … !!
First stop Charles de Gaulle Airport, pick up our lease car (yes, CAR, no van this year) and head for Auvers-sur-Oise, town of the Impressionists. The village where Van Gogh spent the last 70 days of his life also had residents Manet, Cezanne, Renoir and Camille Pissaro. What a feast of art history!
And then to Chartres – for the Illuminations! Saw them last year and they were stupendous! However, on reflection, after 36 hours travelling, including a day of sightseeing, the Illuminations might have to wait until the next night! I think bed will call …
So that’s the start of our European Odyssey. Stay with me and we’ll discover the sights together.