P1080456A pain au raisin in the hotel car park and away, not early but not bad for us. First stop (of any consequence) at Laon having seen the magnificent church on the hill from far, far away. There's a christening going on and so we can't really look around too much.

Lunch in the square outside the cathedral is disappointing as they are way busy. All the countryside is lovely but the farms have become very big

More back roads to Le Mont Dieu, and a fabulous gite - La Correrie. Anne and Jean Luc make us very welcome and we are very pleased to get there after a long and quite warm day.

Dinner on the premises is included and really excellent. This place is a delight and there's no question about staying another day.