We left on Thursday in brilliant sunshine and 20°C. By the time we'd ridden for an hour and were up on the plateau de Larzac at le Caylar service station it was 12°C and drizzling. It was also lunch time, but did we want to perch our lunch on the motorbike seat in a nasty drizzle and stand to slurp a soggy sarnie? No we did not, so we turned round and went back to Montpellier.
Wimps! Yes, we had to admit that although, in our heads, we are toughies ready to brave un-fair weather and foul in our search for adventure, in reality, we'd much rather go motorbiking in fine conditions only... So we had our picnic lunch outside on the terrace in warm sunshine, sitting at my garden table, not soggy at all.
Then we unpacked the bike, packed my car and drove to Auvergne instead!
While it was late spring in Montpellier, it was still winter in Auvergne. Even the Col du Pas de Peyrol/Puy Mary col was still closed so we had to take a lengthy detour via the north through Riom-ès-montagne to get to Salers, our first port of call. Could we see those famous volcanoes as we drove along? Not through the relentless rain and low clouds which shrouded everything in heavy mist, no. It was all too reminiscent of holidays in the Lake District...
|Typical view of countryside, volcanoes somewhere about...|
|Half a view from Salers|
|Audrey Hepburn room at Hotel Bailliage|
|Misty view from hotel window, temperature outside 5°C|
We washed it down with a red Côte d'Auvergne. Wine from Auvergne? Yes, we'd never heard of it either, but it has an interesting peppery note on the tongue, and the red was just right for the 5°C miserable weather!
Our decision to take the car was vindicated the next day too when the weather got even worse...
I'm really glad that I visited the Auvergne in high summer.....though the hotel room looks very smart!ReplyDelete
It's a bit risky, I must say, going in May. Still, we weren't totally put off, and intend to go back in better weather. :)Delete
They had 20°C in Aurillac yesterday! Bastards!
What a pity - the Cantal is beautiful when the weather is good. I lived there for a year, and I lived the place. I was in Salers last July!ReplyDelete
The bedroom is gorgeous - did it bring out the sparkly starlet in you? Did DB go all Humphry Bogart?
DB didn't realise it was the AH room until I he read the trip report! So no, no Bogey impressions, but we always have fun in nice hotel rooms. :)Delete
My ex-h's parents live in St Flour, so I know what it should look like when not raining and shrouded in mist and gloom. :)
Were you on holiday in Salers? Isn't it just gorgeous there? So Goth!
"a frivolous irrelevance" lovely phrase! You definitely made the right decision to swap two wheels for four.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Susie. Yes, we did not once regret our decision! Must be our age... :)Delete
I think that taking the car was a wise decision. Just the thought of Auvergne makes me shiver. It was always so cold...ReplyDelete
It still is, Muriel. Not a place to linger really, unless you have to.Delete
I think it depends which bit of the Auvergne, Sarah. The Allier in the north is quite a different kettle of fish from my experience. Your photos look like much of the weather we get in the North-West Highlands, when a car is definitely the preferred mode of transport. :-)ReplyDelete
We were definitely pleased to have the car. I expect that once out of the volanoes the weather might be better. Mountains always attract rain!Delete
Our plan is to explore as much of Germany as possible, something my wife and I failed to do during our first stint some eight years ago. Very similar to what you're doing in France. You never know what's just a few meters beyond your front doorstep.ReplyDelete
Indeed, DD. And in Germany there is much to discover! Enjoy!Delete
Catching up on your blog - am starting here so I don't get the trip in the wrong order. Well done on returning to get the car!ReplyDelete
I think there might have been some bad temper had we not... :)Delete
I love Auvergne and old of it's dreary, rainy days! It's like the opposite of Provence ;)ReplyDelete
It is, must be a bit depressing to live in the rain though, unless you're used to it. :)Delete