The Trip North

 

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Hello again! After my trip in France was done, I drove back up to Paris to leave. I saw plenty of interesting things, so I am going to tell you all about them.

 

One thing I saw was the Millau Viaduct, which is the tallest bridge in the world. It costed about 394 million euro to construct. It was really fun to go across in the fog, like something out of a movie. After you crossed the bridge, there was a rest stop. Inside there was a mini-museum about the bridge and region, a small shop with food, a gift shop, and bathrooms.

 

All throughout the drive north I was surrounded by giant mountains. They were tall, covered in vegetation, and rocky. For part of the trip I travelled through the Pyrenees. With mountains all around me I felt extra short, and when we climbed in altitude my ears popped.

 

One of the towns in the mountains is famous for its cheese, Roquefort. Legend has it that a shepherd boy was in the fields one day, and he worried that his lunch of bread, cheese, and apples would spoil in the sun. So, he climbed and went into a cave and put his food there. A few weeks later, he went back to the cave to get his food, the bread and apples were molded; but when he tasted the cheese it was better than ever. The mold that grows on that cheese only exists in those caves. Roquefort cheese always comes from those caves. Now you know the story behind the cheese you see in the grocery store.

 
The last thing that I would like to mention is Chateau Templier. It was a small castle-fort in the mountains. There were some shops and cafes there, and a path leading up to a windmill. There was another path leading to another part of the fort too. The paths had trees on the border, and plant life everywhere. I felt like a great explorer journeying to ancient ruins. It was a bit damp though, so I had to be careful, so I didn’t slip. Around the area there were fields with grazing sheep (who were very cute).

 
The car was warm and snug, which felt nice considering the cold air and light rain. I had some snacks for the drive, and entertainment, overall the drive north was pretty good, and the weather didn’t cause issues. I recommend stopping at these locations if you are in the area. Until the next post!

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