Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ready, steady, go - Gizmo on Tour 2014

French Village Diaries Mini Cooper wedding road trip
17th April 1998

The lovable small Mini car has always held a special place in our hearts. We met through the London and Surrey Mini Owners Club, our two Minis plus our friend Jo's Cabriolet were our wedding cars, our wedding cakes were Mini shaped, Ed has Cooper as his middle name and no prizes for guessing where Mini the dog got her name from! 

In the years before Ed, most of our holidays were road trips in France with our Mini Cooper (Gizmo) and although things changed for a few (baby) years, when we moved to France in 2004 Gizmo came along too and since 2008 every two years we've been hitting the roads again. Ade's parents come over to look after Ed and the animals and we pack Gizmo and go, planning our route to avoid motorways and main roads and actively seeking out gorges and pretty villages.

April is the perfect month for a road trip in France. The weather should be reasonably warm, the main tourist areas won't be too busy and we get to celebrate our wedding anniversary (17th) and Ade's birthday (22nd). This years trip begins on Saturday and for anyone who wants to virtually follow our progress here is where we're going:

Day one, Deux-Sevres to St Nicolas de la Grave, Tarn et Garonne
Day two, to Meyrueis, Cevennes 
Day three, to Nimes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon
Day four, to Cassis, Bouches du Rhone, Provence
Day five, to Montbrun les Bains, near Mont Ventoux
Day six, to Orange, Vaucluse, Provence
Day seven, to Le Puy en Velay, Haute-Loire, Auvergne
Day eight, to Sarlat, Dordogne
Day nine, back home

Ade will be swapping the car for a road bike on day six and will be cycling up Mont Ventoux! Gizmo and I will be his back up team and cheering him on.

I will try to post regularly and keep you up to date as we make our way across France. I'm sure we will have lots of photos to share along the way.

French Village Diaries Mini Cooper wedding road trip
Gizmo near Meyrueis, Cevennes 2012