An early start. We had to be packed and off the boat by 9:00.
We could have been ready earlier but it was gone 8:30 before some staff arrived
and Robert could retrieve his car from the secure parking that was locked
overnight. The bike carrier and bikes were removed from inside the car and put
on the back. Robert, Lyn and Louise;s bags were stacked in the shade. By 9:30
the boat had been inspected and Gerry’s deposit returned. Robert drove Gerry,
Chris and Roger to the station at Lezignan Corbieres so they could get a train
to Carcassonne. He then stopped at the local Lidl and bought cakes and bread
from the local patisserie.
The drive to Maison
Les Fleurie was scheduled to take around five and a half hours. By the time he
returned and the car was packed it was after 11:00 before we set off. We went
via Michel Baylac, a wine and Armagnac producer Robert and Lyn had visited on previous
trips to France, in the Gers region. Lunch was taken at the motorway rest area alongside
the Canal du Midi. Unfortunately, we could not cross the carriage way to get to
The road was a peage to Toulouse and we then went across country.
They was a slight delay whilst we located the cave. Robert and Lyn had had the
same problem on their last visit, but eventually it was located.
On our last visit we interrupted the owner’s lunch but this
time we were later. A friendly dog notified the owners of our presence and
eventually a door opened a man appeared and indicated we should wait for 5
A lady appeared, opened the cave and conducted tasting for
us. Wine and Armagnac was purchased and we headed North. Kate took us cross country
on minor roads and we eventually picked up the peage south of Bordeaux. We used the owners stat nav directions to the
the house but could not find it, so put the GPS coordinates in instead. The
house was located but no one came out. We called the mobile number we had and when they called
back Robert could hear Pat speaking to us from their garden. Yvonne showed us
round the house. It has everything we need for a comfortable stay and a kitchen
stocked with utensils.
By the time we
unpacked it was getting late. A quick pasta dish with Crème Fresh prepared and eaten,
washed down with the complementary bottle of wine they had left us.