Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
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I've been for a walk on a winter's day
I'd be safe and warm if I was in L.A.
California dreamin' on such a winter's day
Now that I have got you reading, time for the story
Around five years ago, I was reading Motor Cycle News, and it told a story of three guys riding through France and they came across a village that had been left as a living memorial. It seemed like the type of place that was waiting to be explored by Lucy and myself. Many times we both trawled the Ryanair website, in search of a cheap flight, but they never suited us, either the times were crap or the price was higher that the £40 return for two people. Remember, I am tight you know !!! Eventually, Ryanair worked in our favour, and we bought the two tickets, so this weekend, we are off to see Oradour-Sur-Glane
Normally when going to Oradour-Sur-Glane, you would fly to Limoges, but the cheap tickets that we bought meant we would fly to Poitiers, hire a car and drive 120K's. Maybe some of you are thinking that this is more expensive, well not really, because if we had flown to Limoges, we would have hired a car anyway.
As this was a Ryanair flight, it meant getting up in the early hours and driving to the airport. Two hours of sleep, we were in the Golf on our way. We checked in and walked through customs. 1.5 hours later, we were being herded onto the plane. I managed to get some sleep and was awoken by an announcement from the Captain. Apparently, we were stuck in a holding pattern as there was fog everywhere and instead, we would fly 15 minutes down the road to Limoges !!! Bargain. Once off the plane, we went into Hertz's office and explained our predicament. It was all ok. The guy gave us a car,
We drove until we came across a little area that was full of churches and old houses. Yes, they are all over France, but in Uzerche, the majority of them have turrets like on a castle. At the top was a huge old house that could have passed as a castle, and beside it was the Church of Notre Dame. This to had turrets. Walking around the village was nice. No tourists, well, except us !!! We finished here and off we went again, this time by coincidence, following the Richard the Lion Heart tour. Didn't know he had been here, but it took us through some lovely countryside. At Pompadour, there was another huge chateau that Richard had apparently lived in. We were up for a tour, but we were to late, so we hit the road again and our final stop for the day was in Solignac. Here was a 75 metre long granite church. It was famous because it is used as a stop over on the pilgrim's route to Santiago de Campostello. There is also a 15th century fresco of St Christophe
I was going to drink beer, but considering this is France, and they were wanting to charge 4.80 Euro for 250 ml, I decided to give beer the flick and drink red wine. Much easier solution
In the morning, no hangover, so we headed off in the direction of Saintes. It was a long drive, and considering I only had a couple of hours sleep on Friday, I was still felling pretty messy. Along the way, I nearly fell asleep at the wheel. I decided to give the car to Lucy, which is pretty scary in itself. She has only driven a left hand drive car once, and I wasn't looking forward to it. I tried to sleep, but it didn't work. I was actually shitting myself. Upon arrival, it doesn't matter what side the steering wheel is on, Lucy doesn't cope with driving on the wrong side of the road, so I took over. We were here to find a Roman Amphitheatre.
It had been good to finally make it to Oradour-Sur-Glane. Pretty heavy, but I am glad I have been. The rest of the time flew by, I think before I do another one of these in two weeks, I really need to sleep leading up to the flight !!! Note to self. Get more sleep