Christiane and Laurent met in the Spring of 1974 and got married six months later. In July 1975 they went on a proper road trip around France, without booking anything in advance. Their little adventure took them to Angers, Nantes, St Brevins, Pornic, Saintes, Fouras, La Rochelle, Royan, through Gironde and the Landes region, then Bayonne, St Jean de Luz, the Basque region, San Sebastian in Spain, Marmande, Périgueux, Limoges and La Souterraine.

Dad was always really busy. He ran a company that made road signs and painted road lines on motorways. Because I kept asking him about his job, one night, he took me to see the long white lines being painted on the wide long roads. I wasn’t used to the highway by night. It was all very strange. This long road, all those lights, those machines, the workers. I fell asleep in the back of the car.

 

Extract from "My parent's travels"

 

 

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