The French Ardennes are in fact endless agricultural fields! But with beautiful spots of nature here and there, and lovely little villages. It is the time of the harvest, so we cross many tractors, and hughe farming machines, on roads that aren’t particularly large enough… We also found quite a number of wind mills here…
The villages all seem to have “fortified churches”. Not sure what that means, and why this was done, but they’re sign posted everywhere.
Today we’ve planned another visit of a French Electric Car forum member. “moulino”, and as his name suggests, he lives in a water-mill in which he’s restoring the generator. After another very good meal (we’re in France again ;-), he gives us a tour of the building, and all the work he’s done so far.
With a little delay (there was a lot to see, …and to hear 😉 ), we continue our way to the next Bed & Breakfast, which is situated in a national park called “The mountain of Reims”. (note: we’ve never actually found the mountain there… ). Unfortunately, the charge at “moulino” hadn’t actually worked (we tripped the breaker), so we stop at an IKEA along the way. Charging is free once again, but don’t let you’re wife loose in an IKEA….. 🙁
The Champagne region is actually very quiet at this time of year, and there’s far less tourists than we were expecting. We have dinner in Epernay before going to the B&B, which is actually a champagne domain 🙂
…and we were NOT the first ones to ask if we can charge the car here! Previously an Ampera from Belgium had also charged. So the owner was not surprised, and we charged on an outside socket not far from the parking.