Sete

Trip Start Aug 26, 2008
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Trip End Oct 16, 2008


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Flag of France  , Languedoc-Roussillon,
Monday, September 22, 2008

On to Sete, where we were staying in a friends apartment for the night. Brigitte was introduced to us by Andrea, Di's sister, they met some years ago when Andrea was in Paris and we also became friends and occasional dining companions when we house exchanged in Paris. Sete was ideal for us as it was half way between Cahors and Antibes. Leo had noticed that if he added an hour and a half to the journey we could go via the Millau Viaduct.
We set the GPS to take us on a more scenic route, via the viaduct to Sete. Lovely changing scenery and country and arrived at the viaduct having paid our €5.60 toll charge (NZ$11.20 approx). Diverting just after the toll plaza to the viewing point we made sure of removing GPS from the car locking up and walking up to see an incredible feat of modern engineering combining both engineering skills and artistic beauty on a huge scale.
While extracting the GPS, Leo bumped the memory card, no problems put it back in and all seemed OK. So back to car and off we go across the viaduct. However just after leaving the viaduct and at the next off road we got a message from GPS to take the exit. Not thinking ,we did so. What we did not realise that the damn thing had reset itself and we were about to head back the way we had come. The off ramp we took only went one way because of road works (it was new and unfinished), and next thing we know we are going over the bloody viaduct again. Thought we might be able to exit and go back again at the viewing point, but NO. So off we went to pay the toll going the other way then back again and paying the toll yet again to go the way we wanted. Leo's diversion to see the viaduct was starting to be expensive!!!
Never mind, we found Sete, and Brigittes parents, were waiting for us. They live just up the coast and we had met Pierette once before in Paris. It was great to see her again and meet Jean. What a character, we had great fun with our almost non existent French and their similar grasp of English. After a bottle of wine and a couple of beers it didn't matter.
After Pierette and Jean left, reluctantly, they were having fun, but did have to get home, Di and I explored Sete. A town of Canals on the Mediterranean coast. Beautiful and in many ways like Harlingen in Holland, except the architecture was very definitely French. Cafes on the canals were the place for dins and we were pleasantly surprised at the quality, if not the cost.
Next day Di went looking for a coiffure for coupe. They were mainly booked but one decided they could help. A lovely girl and Di was most impressed by both the cut and price. Very reasonable. Then off we went with a properly programmed GPS heading for Antibes. Motorway nearly all the way, and with the traffic volumes some extended periods of serious concentration. Many toll roads, not cheap, but they do ensure you cover long distances at a reasonable speed. Must admit have seen very little bad driving (other than Spanish truck drivers).
Interesting driving across the Camargue region, where Di saw several of the famous Camargue Bulls with their incredible horns. Used still for bull fighting in these parts.
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