August 12 Day Three Saverne France to Pontarlier France
Warm words from an even warmer Simon today
Shopping in Saverne
I love camping and I love cooking in the wild. Today we brought a butane cooker, some butane gas and some tools so we can cook while we are on the road. With our tight budget, cooking for ourselves is an important cost saving. Being able to cook during the day as we travel means we can eat like kings on our European Vacation road trip.
At a small shopping centre near the Rohan Castle we found an Aldi, Gifi and Mr Bricolage were we purchased our butane cooker and food for the day. By the time we hit the road our stomachs were grumbling.
Needing a place to cook our brunch we headed off our planned route at a small town called Barr just south of Strasbourg France. We were really heading towards the wooded hills or possibly the river that ran through Barr. Barr wasn't a planned stop but we are very pleased we turned off the road. We found a great place to make our lunch just out of Barr then returned to Barr for a walk around this amazing little town. I love unplanned side trips.
Time limited internet
Every place is different but occasionally you come across something stupid. The Pontarlier Youth Hostel internet is metered out to residents on a time basis which is totally stupid. If I'm watching a movie I may be using the band width to it's full capacity but if I'm browsing article or blog posting. I'm hardly using any internet at all. But I'm connected to the internet for the same amount of time. Internet should be unlimited and its cost absorbed in the price structure but if must be metered then it should be based upon bandwidth usage and not time connected.
To make more unplanned side trips
One of the reasons we like Geocaching so much is not the game itself but the places it takes you. Unplanned trips of following someone else's suggestion is a great way to discover new and exciting things. Todays side trip to Barr was a great example of how amazing those adventures can be.
Michelle's take on the day
Barr, France almost missed it
Hostel a little dirty and stingy with internet
Unfortunately the hostel room in Pontarlier was a little dirty and the Internet was only for one user and was timed! Not great for digital nomads who need the internet for their livelyhood! But I'm sure its fine for single guys and girls who stay there in the winter for the skiing!
The great outdoors around Pontarlier
Natasha's whine for the day
Fun drive with happy parents!
The best bit about today, personally for me, it would have to be the drive. Since mum and dad were actually really happy today it was really fun and relaxing. There was a lot of singing a long to a mixture of Nikki's old songs that dad somehow still had and dad music that we all pretty much grew up with. I also got to do a lot of reading, on my iPad and paperback.
If mum and dad could stay in these good moods then I recon the drive through Switzerland will be amazing tomorrow.
Late breakfast - more like lunch!
The worst part of today would have to be the inconvenience at breakfast.
Seriously today was such a good day that the only bad thing was a mix up with breakfast.
The story is that breakfast was meant to be included in our stay in certain hostels but there was a bit of confusion and we ended up not having breakfast there at all. Instead we went and bought a gas cooker and cooked pasta on the side of the road at 12pm.
It was actually really nice though, we were in the woods next to a little stream, it was very relaxing and reminded me a lot of camping (which I sort of miss, but shhhhh! You can't tell dad I said that, it would result in us camping all the way back to Australia from Italy!).
Slower sight seeing
Bucket list, hmmm, this is a hard one today, we were mostly driving through country side so there wasn't much to come back and visit. I think like yesterday I would like to come back and be able to have more time to enjoy some of the sights.
We went to a really cute village today (Barr) that I wouldn't mind coming back to one day, they had this amazing bakery with a giant window full of pastry. We ending up getting ice cream there actually because it was so hot and we need something to keep us cool.
Benjamin has his say
Dad was chilled today!
What I liked about today was that dad wasn't such a grump and was high on the chill pills we forced fed to him.
What I didn't like about today is that it was so hot and we had no water for a while until we found a Carrefour (it's a European super market).
More cooking outdoors
And what I would like to do again is stop in a forest and cook lunch or brunch.
Towns on the hills
I don't really like being in the hot car for a long time - like every day.
Hills in Winter
I'd love to come back to the hills when its winter, maybe there'll be snow there.