The Road to France

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Hotel Hvide Hus, Køge, Denmark
Ameron Hotel Regent, Cologne, Germany
Maisonette, Chateau la Barbeliniere

Flag of France  , Poitou-Charentes,
Wednesday, July 11, 2012

So last Tuesday (July 3), we left Stockholm for a three-day drive to arrive here at Chateau La Barbeliniere.  We'll certainly have a few miles on the new XC60 by the time we drop it off for its cruise to the States!   

The bridge between Denmark and Sweden is quite an engineering marvel and makes the Mackinac pale in comparison.  Coming from Malmo, Sweden, as you near Copenhagen the bridge plunges underwater into a tunnel to allow ships continual clear passage.  Very rainy as we were crossing (and I'm a lousy photographer), but I found lots of images on Google (of course).

Our hotel just south of Copenhagen (Hotel Hvide Hus, Koge, DK) was a little on the worn side, but rooms were huge and ours overlooked the water/marsh and community walking/bike paths that were quite busy.  We had a lovely little patio, but it was rather chilly to be out for long.  An in-house restaurant, free parking, etc., were primary requirements so we wouldn't have to get back in the car and find something to eat after more than eight hours on the road.  I do have to say that beds/bedding almost everywhere in northern Europe were blissful.

So, Day Two brought considerably better weather and took us through the rest of Denmark and a good bit of Germany, where we landed at the Ameron Hotel Regent in Cologne.  A business hotel in the city with a decent in-house restaurant and token for a free beer each at check-in.  Parking wasn't free, but definitely felt safe and was off-street. (If you've never driven in European cities, you don't know what an issue this can be.)  Breakfast wasn't included and ridiculously expensive so we waited for a "rest stop" type restaurant along the autobahn.      

Day Three seemed to go on forever.  Just seemed there wasn't a clear, straight shot from Cologne to our region of France.  We finally arrived well after 7:00 and were greeted by Marie-Laure, Clemence & Hector at the Chateau la Barbeliniere.  

More later....Susan    
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Tanya on

Love reading what you are up to on your journey. Love the XC60 - hope you do too. Definitely lots of time on the road for you. Glad you are to your "new home" for a little while. Miss you!

2_4theroad on

Miss you, too. The XC60 is quite nice - lots of bells & whistles (or beeps, to be more precise). Can't wait to see your new place when we get back!
Love to all - S

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