From there we drove to Bristol, and saw some of the places Scott went on his mission. We went to a Sainsburys for a meal, and to stock up on foody bits, then headed to Grenville Park, for the Bristol Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Scott had pre-booked some parking right near the stately home there. The grounds were set up with a huge fun fair, and a big sectioned off area where the hot air balloons would take off from. We got there pretty early, and had a few hours to kill before the balloons took off. It was a really sunny, hot afternoon, and we found ourselves a spot on the hill overlooking the take-off area, and set up camp.
A big Churchill dog balloon was inflated first - it looks like Scott's levitating a mini dog balloon in this picture!
Harry enjoying things getting interesting.
It was pretty exciting seeing the first balloons taking off.
Our little camp, waiting for the 'Night Glow' show later on in the evening. There was a lot of waiting around, and we got a bit fed up really, but oh my goodness - it totally turned out to be worth it!
As soon as it was over at about 10.30pm, we made our way back to the car, but ended up being stuck in the car park for over an hour, with hundreds of other cars, because (we found out later) a car had caught fire in the queue to get out the one exit! At one point our car broke down, and Scott couldn't get it going by wiggling the wire to the starter motor. I got out and had a go, and managed to get it working again, which some people in the queue were quite amused by!
Finally we got going, and drove about 40 minutes to another Travelodge on the M4. We got to bed way after midnight, which the kids thought was pretty exciting, but which I was worried about, because we had an early start the next morning, to get to the Euro Tunnel in time, followed by a huge driving day through France. I needn't have worried though - everything went really smoothly the next day, and the kids weren't grumpy or anything, at all.
On Friday 10th August, we drove to Bel-Air, our shared house in Brittany. The kids all ready to go!
We had set off by 7.15am, but got delayed at the Euro tunnel - we had to unload from one train onto another.
When Scott first told me his plans for this holiday, with the two days in England before even driving through France, I was not all that delighted. But after having the European Road Trip under our belts, by the time this holiday came round I felt pretty chilled about it all, and tolerated the semi-organised chaos pretty well!
It was a very hot day, and our ventilation and air conditioning wasn't working! We drove most of the way with the windows down.
We arrived at Bel-Air in the evening, after stopping at Josselin Super-U, and it was quite exciting later that night, as a big Combine came and harvested the field right next to us.