A Road Trip through France


Around two Years ago I went on my first road trip through the United States, beginning in New York all the way to San Francisco. At that time I was on the road with three people I had never met until the beginning of my trip. We travelled the same route as Jack Kerouac once had, and that culminated in the fantastic novel ‘On the Road’.

Since then the notion of being on the road has never quite left me. This summer a desperately wanted to go on a similar journey. This time with friends and a smaller country. So we packed our bags and headed, starting in Berlin, towards France with a rough plan in mind.
On this trip I especially wanted to focus on my three fellow passengers. I was interested in how my friends would experience our trip and what would be going through their minds.
Our route led us directly from the capital of Germany to the atlantic coast with stopovers in Reims, Paris, Maine-et Loire and Nantes. After arriving in the north of France we drove via Saint-Hillerz de Riz to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie, Les Sables-d’Olonne to the seaport La Rochelle, Rochfort and Bordeaux. After a stay in Bordeaux and a brief visit of the wine-growing areas of Saint-Émilion, Carsac-de-Gurson and Contis Plage, we passed through the beautiful Massif Central with an overnight stay in Clermont-Ferrand and Strasbourg on our return leg.

All images © Marlen Mueller

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