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Published: August 26th 2013
It had to happen,the golden weather came to an end overnight with a light shower of rain and this morning the temperature is a touch cooler.
We have rated the bed at D's the best equal we have slept on during the BBA V2.It was too hard to separate it and the bed in the B&B in Tuscany.
So well rested and with the Kindle E-Reader that Gretchen bought me for my birthday(she had had it shipped to NZ and D bought it back with her from a quick trip home earlier this month) we prepared to leave Basel and head back into France.
We made it out of Switzerland without going anywhere near a highway and feel extra pleased we didn't give into the demands of the guy at the border yesterday.
There was a short retracing of our path from yesterday heading back towards Mulhouse and then onto the E512 up into the hills that must catch some snow in the winter as the map showed ski trails and resorts.Today though this was where the rain came back and although we had had overnight showers in Basel we haven't driven in rain for several weeks.It
was a windy road and in the wet conditions required a reduction in speed.
As we came out of the hills we picked up the Moselle River(same river as in Germany but a different spelling in France)again and it was interesting to see it grow in size as we headed down to the flat land at Epinal.We stopped for lunch just before Epinal in one of the numerous laybys for cars and trucks that we came across more frequently in other roads we have travelled on.We noticed or think we are noticing a change in the foliage colour at upper altitudes and it will be interesting to see if this continues on the plains.
The population on the N57 heading north towards Nancy was sparse and the towns and villages were further apart than in southern France.
We skirted the large cities of Nancy and Metz and pushed on to our apartment for the next 4 nights in Amneville.
Once thing noticeable on the road that runs towards the Luxembourg border and also has offshoots to the German border was the number of trucks again,something we seem to have avoided for the past week or so.We probably could have looked for a quieter road but we were just as interested in getting to our destination.
At least the weather improved as the day has progressed and the fine,clear skies returned as we arrived into Amneville.So we have really still only had one day when we haven't been travelling between locations when we thwarted by the wet weather to do things outdoors.
The complex where our apartment was located was on the edge of a fun park and in the middle of a forest and we had some difficulty finding our way through the masses of cars and diversions in place presumably put in place to guide those coming to the area to find a spare car park.There is also a zoo and several restaurants and other hotels all in confines of the park area.We hadn't been aware that the apartment would be in this type of situation.
Our room was on the ground floor of three and has a balcony which would have been more useful had we been on an upper level.Where we are will probably mean we won't get much direct sunshine as the trees of the forest are right on the boundary of the building and are very tall.Other than that we look to have everything we need in facilities to make ourselves at home for the next 4 nights.
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