We've embraced the 'Slow' philosophy as a way of life - what's the hurry?. Taking time to smell the roses (usually on a glass of Viognier) is more our style. Having spent more then 3 years on the road, slow travel has become a way of life. We have revised our plans completely and now focus on quality, not quantity, slowly.
Boris the Bimobil – here it is. Our latest home away from
We finally picked up the new vehicle on Friday July 26, only
a week later than we’d hoped. There were a few technical hitches, but we got
there in the end, albeit a bit rushed.
Bed and Dining Area
Kitchen, Bathroom and Wardrobe
It was 37 degrees the day we took possession and despite
best laid plans of being organised, everything was running late and we were
sweltering. So basically we threw all our stuff in and headed for a camping
spot for the night.
Ignoring the chaos, we sat and quaffed a bottle of Prosecco
to celebrate and sat back to admire our new home. This was quickly followed by
a bottle of Gruner Veltliner and more admiration. Judging by my head the next
morning, maybe we had a little something to finish. We spent the weekend trying
to get organised and trying to keep cool. We were largely unsuccessful on both
As part of our ‘getting to know our way around our new toy’
initiations, we put up our awning in anticipation of a thunderstorm and relief
from the heat. What we got was a gust of wind from nowhere that made short work
of our BRAND NEW awning. So, back to Bimobil factory on the Monday to get a new
one fitted – oh dear. Not a great start.
Anyway, 2 weeks later we are feeling at home, and have found
places for most of our stuff. I was panicking on day 1 thinking we’d a made
huge error of judgement as to how much one little Bimobil could hold, but, as I
am the ‘Master of Packing’, everything now fits.
We spent 5 days in Alsace, exploring pretty, pretty towns,
vineyards and of course, the wine. The sweltering weather continued, and we
were just too darn hot to do much. I know, I know, some people are never happy,
but really it’s been one extreme to the bloody other.
Alsace - geraniums are compulsory
Currently we are in Dijon and have had a marvellous time
driving around famous town and vineyards, and riding along the Canal de
Bourgogne. Finally the weather has cooled down, but we are getting
My friend Steve, wine guru, Professor, Master of Wine etc, has
moved to Dijon (from Champagne) and we’ve been able to catch up for dinner
(he’s also a very good cook). We took him a bottle of wine that he hadn’t tried
before from the Portuguese region of Colares – I think this is a first! Apparently
he did teach me about this wine in class, but I’d completely forgotten. The
student redeemed herself by supplying 2 bottles of it!
From here we head south to finish off the Rhone Valley. Someone's got to do it.