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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 27th 2017

We set off this morning and stopped at the village of Villasequelande just before 12pm as it had a sign saying that there was a grocery store 400m away. We followed the signs and found the store and the owner asked if we were on the Canal du Midi and offered to deliver our purchases for us. Hearing this, we bought a lot of heavy items (bottles of water and wine, etc.) to take advantage of not having to carry our purchases back to the boat. After unpacking our shopping we had some lunch and when the locks reopened, we set off again. The scenery was long stretches of canal framed by the plane trees, with vineyards often beside the canal. In the afternoon, the wind had really picked up and it was very difficult to ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Castelnaudary September 26th 2017

After breakfast we set off and were overtaken by 2 boats, which we followed through a series of locks every half a km or so. These locks could fit 3 boats in it so we all went in together. We got to the la Peyruque lock at 12pm and only 2 could fit at a time so the 2 in front of us went ahead. By this point it was 12:15 and the locks shut between 12:30 and 1:30 for lunch so the lock keeper came along and told us to tie up and he’d be back after his lunch. Consequently, our lunch stop was just before the la Peyruque lock. The lock keeper didn’t open the lock until 2pm, so that slowed us down and after going through the lock, we cruised along and enjoyed ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Castelnaudary September 25th 2017

After another late breakfast of a croissant, we headed back into Medieval Carcassone to go to the Basilica St-Nazaire. The stained glass windows inside it are supposed to be the best in southern France. We walked back to our hotel to prepare for checkout, had a light lunch in the bar and then waited for our taxi to arrive to take us to the boat base in Castelnaudary. The driver spoke no English and took us along all the back roads, rather than the motorway so it was a bit of an adventure. Finally we arrived at the Le Boat base at Castelnaudary to complete the paperwork and have our 1 hour briefing. The base is in a large basin of water, several hundred metres across, with a canal entering it one side and leaving it ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 24th 2017

After a late continental breakfast of a croissant, we walked to the medieval city - Carcassone Cite Medievale. It is only a 5 minute walk around the corner so our hotel is in a prime location. It was a beautiful day and quite hot at 29 degrees - a big difference to the 16 or so of late in England. The hilltop site is in the south of France and was protected originally by a Gallo-Roman wall. It was occupied later by the Visigoths, Saracens and Franks in turn. Rebuilt in medieval times by the Cathar family the Trencavels (1100s), was taken by Simon de Montfort in a Cathar Crusade in 1209 and later given to Louis IX. The fortress became a royal estate and defended the border between France and Aragon. In the 19th century, ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 23rd 2017

After rendezvousing with Benny, Ann & Joe at Gatwick Airport, we checked in and went through Customs and boarded our flight. The fight was quite scenic as we flew over the South East of England, seeing the white cliffs of Dover in the distance and then some wind farms just off the English coast. The French countryside was a mix of green and brown and lots of irregular field shapes. It took about an hour and a half as we had a tail wind and we were met at Toulouse Airport by a transfer service to take us to Carcassone. It was 28 degrees in Toulouse, which was a welcome change from the 16 or so degrees that it had been in England over the last week or so. The drive took about an hour (at ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Stansted Airport September 23rd 2017

I have been lucky to meet some wonderful people last week, plus spend quality time with my friend Kathryn - also from Hervey Bay. Here are some pictures from my last morning walk after breakfast, plus my tutors and fellow attendees at our final session. We have had a bit of a shamozzle with our Ryanair flights as Ryanair has cancelled many flights in order to force staff to take annual leave. Unfortunately, our flight from Stansted to Carcassone was one of the ones cancelled, so I am now on a coach from Stansted Airport to Gatwick Airport, in order to catch a 2pm EzyJet flight to Toulouse. From Toulouse, we have to get to Carcassone, over an hours drive away, to get to our pre-booked hotel in Carcassone. We have a few days in Carcassone ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Stansted Mountfitchet September 15th 2017

Today, I have included some photos of the rooms inside the College - the dining room where we have all of our meals, The Sanctuary where we have lectures and services and other rooms where our classes are held. There are also a few photos of Shelley, Kathryn and me on our last night - having a drink at the bar. Our previous course finished after breakfast so as Shelley was leaving to go travelling with John, I have switched to a single room for the week. I had to take my luggage down to Reception and leave it there whilst the rooms were cleaned so I went for a walk into the village (Stansted Mountfitchet). My first stop was The Bean House, where I had a cup of tea and re-read my course notes and ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Stansted Mountfitchet September 14th 2017

Thursday, we had a guest visit by the trance painter, Jose Medrado, from Brasil. In a lecture through his interpreter Marilla?, Jose gave a talk on how to connect to Spirit, his personal background and then as he felt his healing guides were with him, he gave a healing to one of the students. When he was doing this, there was a very strong smell of ether in the air. He said that his guides provide this as proof of their being there. In the trance art session, he went into a trance very quickly and then started painting. His assistant prepares by laying out all the tubes of paint and utensils around him and he chooses them as he needs to. She quickly cleans them as he finishes using them and then replaces them for ... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Stansted Mountfitchet September 12th 2017

This morning dawned bright and clear so today's blog contains some photos of our morning walk after breakfast. Shelley and I usually walk around the back lawn and along the lane into the village. This morning, we stopped to smell the lavender bed and admire the beautiful bees on the flower heads. These bees are huge! The lane into the village has fields either side that are so green and trees lining the lane allow the morning's rays to shine through...... read more
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Europe » United Kingdom » England » Essex » Stansted Mountfitchet September 10th 2017

Saturday morning we slept in and ordered room service again (coffee, yoghurt and Eggs Benedict). After this, we relaxed until we checked out and caught a taxi from the hotel to the Arthur Findlay College (AFC). We dropped our bags at the AFC Reception desk as it was too early to check in and went into Stansted Mountfitchet for lunch at The Bean House and to get some shopping. ;-) We were given our room keys just before 3pm and came up to our room and relaxed until meeting in The Sanctuary at 5pm for our briefing. This year we are in Room 137, the Chichester Room, which has a lot more floor space than our last rooms so we are grateful for that. Sunday morning was about 7 degrees C and there was a thick ... read more
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