This would be my first overseas road trip and what a trip it was! It had all the elements of a Thelma and Louise experience, except we didn’t kill anyone, including ourselves – oh ok, the only similarity was that it was two women in a top down convertible, going on a road trip to get away from it all.
The trip started in France – actually, no, the trip started in the UK. I sneakily booked my ticket to the UK so that I could spend a couple of nights with Dan (only did Dan this time, not London as well) and then headed off to Gatwick where I met Annabel. We flew to Toulouse and that is where all the fun started. First of all, even though we had been told that no-one speaks English in France, we didn’t really believe it, I mean after all, everyone speaks English right. Wrong! Not even the people at the airport. So there was an issue with the deposit for the car, and we also needed to hire a satnav and all of this contributed to it getting later and later, with the worry that we would arrive at our destination in the dark. Anyway, we finally get the car, and head out onto the freeway, but everything is on the wrong side of the road. Annabel is driving in what she thinks is the slow lane, but everyone is hooting at us and pulling the middle finger. It took us a while to realise that because everything was done in reverse, so too was the fast lane! We got hopelessly lost on our way there and had to stop at a farmhouse in the middle of nowhere to ask for directions – so mainly hand gestures were used. I cannot even remember how we actually managed to find the place, but we did, and as I recall it was dusk, so we made it just in time.
We spent a few lovely days in Mauvezin with my family, eating, swimming, drinking and generally just having a chilled time. Photos here under to prove it!
After 3 days we were on our way to Barcelona. We decided to take the scenic route over the Pyrenees which took us about 6 hours. We had every type of weather on that trip. One minute we had the top down of the car, the next we were being attacked by hail. There were cows in the road and at some points we couldn’t even see the weather was so bad. All on the wrong side of the road – nail biting stuff I tell ya! Anyway, we clearly lived to tell the tale as here we are.
We spent a week in Barcelona which was amazing, a must see city! We did the hop on, hop off bus tour which is a really good way to get around the city and get a feel for where everything is. We didn’t do this because we only did the bus a few days in, but a good idea would be to do the bus on the first day, don’t get off but get a feel for the areas and then use it to hop on, hop off when you know exactly where you want to go. From tanning naked on the beach, to exploring the food market, to the best wine tasting experience of my life, Barcelona was a blast! Colourful, exciting and busy. Here are some pics in no particular order.
All in all a fun and educational holiday experience. In keeping with what I want to take away from holidays it had all the elements I desire. Sun, sea, fun, good food, good drink, with a wee bit of culture in the mix!