Locked In France

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Saturday, 21 March 2020

Locked In France


Thank you to all of the kind wishes and enquiries we've had from folks concerned about where we might be in Europe at this difficult time for everyone. It's been very touching how many people have been in touch to ask if we're okay. I realise we haven't updated the blog in a while, so I wanted to leave a little post to say that we're currently in the south of France and doing well.

It was only last Sunday, while we were in Spain, that we heard about the impending Spanish lock down due to start the following (Monday) morning. Initially we thought we'd wait it out, but when we read that all outside activities would be forbidden we decided we needed to get out. We love motorhome life, but a minimum of 15 days sat inside one was not an enticing prospect for us. As a result, we started driving at about 4 p.m. on Sunday and nine straight hours of driving later we crossed the Pyrenees.

The lovely picture at the top of this post is a snapshot of the weather we encountered at the border. We'd decided to cross the Col du Pourtalet at 1794 metres. It was the route we left France by and it was almost snow free in early February. Apparently that has changed a lot since then. There was a time, when visibility was down to less than two metres and the snowdrifts were piled over six feet high that we worried we'd made a bad choice.

Anyway, it all worked out. We rested for a drizzly day just inside of France, until the French government announced a similar lockdown. Fortunately for us, thanks to a very kind homeowner we'd done some house-sitting for in the past, we have been able to come to a house for the time being and so are enjoying some space and seclusion in the French countryside.

Like everyone, we don't know how long this will last for or what the future has in store, but we're grateful to have a safe space to be at the moment. Also, the area we are in seems very calm. I went to the shops yesterday and they were all incredibly quiet and fully stocked.

Best wishes for good health and safety to all.



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