We want a job. Not any old job. We want a job that equips us with a Michelin book of maps, a decent lunch allowance, money for petrol, and a green felt tip pen. We don’t even expect to be paid.
What we want to do is become Michelin Inspectors. Not of Michelin starred restaurants – though perhaps they could send us to dine in one from time to time. No, we want to inspect all their ‘green roads’, the ones they regard as especially scenic and maybe worth a detour. And we want to make suggestions of our own,
The D6 for instance, from just outside Mirepoix to Castelnaudary. How could that not be a green road? The route twists and turns, echoing the contours of the wonderful rolling hillsides, with the most majestic of the peaks that the Pyrenees can offer as a distant backdrop.
Or the D625, which brings you back from Castelnaudary another way. Compared with those, some of the highways in the centre of France which are rated green are rather dull. ‘Huh! Officially pretty?’ we snort, as we drive along the endless D 976 near Romorantin.
Really, they should give the job to us. We know a route that’s worth a detour when we see it. And we’re both pretty handy with a green felt tip pen.