Monsieur (Ian) and Madam (Carrie)

Monsieur et Madame Francophile

Monsieur (Ian) and Madam (Carrie)

We love the outdoors especially in France and we have had many happy times there. We love to travel but are quite unconventional in that we don't like hotels and posh restaurants or even restaurants really. We love to do our own thing and go off the beaten track wherever we go. We have had some great times doing just this and met some very nice people, especially our mate Sandy (otherwise known as the Edinburgh Landlady) who we met in the Lazy Duck hostel in Scotland.

Europe » France » Poitou-Charentes » Ile de Re June 19th 2014

Well after 2 weeks in paradise it is time to move on. During our time there we met a fabulous young couple who have created their own haven in Aquitaine. Their vision, and sympathy towards buildings, natural materials and nature were second to none, and we were certainly privileged to house sit for them. They have the most beautiful and HAPPY baby I have EVER seen - and I have seen a few! The other people working there were very welcoming and all had stories to tell about why they have found themselves in this part of France. I so love hearing about peoples experiences and adventures. What makes us who we are is everyday life and skills, how you use them, and having the courage to be different or take a chance. Its so important ... read more
And I can do 'high five' for a bit of cheese
Perfect Poppy

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Dordogne June 6th 2014

Bonjour Peeps! Yes, we are here floating in our own little bubble in paradise. So chilled I have actually not been on the computer and have even deleted Scrabble and Word Welder! I am just 'being' like I used to and getting to remember how fab that is. Anyway, thought it is time I shared some of our ease and contentment with all of you that we love and miss. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac-Sireuil (Occitan: Las Aisiás de Taiac e Siruèlh) is in the Dordogne department in Aquitaine in southwestern France. Fortunately, we had found a nice little studio to stay in as the weather was dreadful and it rained as though the world was about to end. It is situated in the Périgord Noir area. You will find the Musée national de Préhistoire (fr) (National Museum of ... read more
Storm clouds gathering
Do you see what I see?
Somebody watching me

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 24th 2014

Millau Ardeche Auvergne The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. The bridge was built to relieve the congestion caused by the flood of motorists heading south from Paris to Spain. You can now drive on the motorway from Clermont Ferrand to the Spanish border - the only toll charge you will pay is to cross the viaduct. 8.90 euros in July & Aug 7 euros the rest of the year. Pay! it is worth every penny. “Designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest bridge in the world with one mast's summit at 343.0 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure. It is the 12th highest bridge deck in the world, being ... read more
The Museum
Monsieur et Madame

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Haute-Garonne May 20th 2014

Bonjour mes amies! After our amazing tour around the Pyrenees we thought we would try another route following a tour around the valley, unfortunately Madame Sat Nag took us seriously wrong and we ended up about 2 km up a very steep leafy track in the hills with an even more steep slope on the right. There was nowhere to turn which is why we ended up so far up, thinking there MUST be somewhere we can turn, to no avail. We ended up walking back looking for a suitable spot. Ian found a place to try and it was my job to get out and direct him. With my heart in my mouth I tried to help but basically it was terrifying so we ended up with me walking in front of the reversing car ... read more
Ian trying to reverse
Bye bye Alex and your lovely girls
Goodbye Pyrenees

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Haute-Garonne May 13th 2014

Bonjour amies, Friday 9 May - Sabarros Woken early again by the dogs - no lie ins for the wicked here! Set off to the market at Loures-Barousse - when we got there it was only 4/5 stalls. After a quick walk round we decided to head back. On the way we noticed a sign for some caves and thought we would go a-wandering, We came upon St Bertrand de Comminges a commune in the Haute Garronne department. It is a member of the Les Plus Beaux Villages de France Association. I have discoverd that villages actually pay for this honour so it does not mean that you won't find even more beautiful places that don’t have this recognition, and will be less packed with tourists. In fact when we climbed up to the Cathedral it ... read more
Pain machine
What a fab door knocker
St Bertrand de Comminges

Thursday 8 May - Pyrenees Dogs got me up at 715 barking and howling. Came down to a lovely welcome and let them out. It was lovely to see them so happy and running round the garden Ian took them for a long walk and they came back full of beans, with coats wet from the morning dew. Whilst we had breakfast they lay in the sun to dry off - their coats were like silk when they did. When we were ready to go out Gipsy decided she was not coming in - we tried to tempt her with a biscuit but she just ate it and then sat down on strike! Ian had to lift her up and carry her in so we could get out! We then followed the Route Pic du Midi ... read more
On our way up
Fresh clean air
Getting higher

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées May 11th 2014

Rudyard Kipling A Song of French Roads -1923 Now praise the Gods of Time and Chance That bring a heart's desire, And lay the joyous roads of France Once more beneath the tyre- So numbered by Napoleon, The veriest ass can spy How Twenty takes to Bourg-Madame And Ten is for Hendaye. Sixteen hath fed our fighting-line From Dunkirk to Peronne, And Thirty-nine and Twenty-nine Can show where it has gone, Which slant through Arras and Bapaume, And join outside Cambrai, While Twenty takes to Bourg-Madame, And Ten is for Hendaye! The crops and houses spring once more Where Thirty-seven ran, And even ghostly Forty-four Is all restored to man. Oh, swift as shell-hole poppies pass The blurring years go by, And Twenty takes to Bourg-Madame, And Ten is for Hendaye! cent... read more
Twenty goes to Bourg Madame
You wil find these on the way......

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Haute-Garonne May 10th 2014

Mon dieu - yes its us again - twice in one day!! Monday morning, took tent down in double quick time and set off for Sabarros to our house sit in the Haute Pyrenees. As usual lovely countryside to admire - beats the boredom of motorways. Ian spotted the Pyrenees first, we were not sure if they were clouds to begin with but as they cleared there was no doubt. We stopped for a picnic lunch admired the view and were surrounded by lots of nightingales singing their heads off looking for a mate. Twas a special moment. We finally arrived to meet Alex and her lovely dogs at about 6pm. She had prepared a scrumptious dinner of local chicken - have not tasted anything like that for ages. The house and its setting is peaceful ... read more
First sight of Pyrenees
View from our bedroom
Walking the dogs

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Cahors May 10th 2014

Bonjour - a few fast paced blogs coming up so we can catch up! Saturday morning we planned to head for Bordeaux but changed our minds and headed straight down across country, it was a spectacular drive. We stopped for a rest at a small town the name of which escapes me for now - but I will look it up and edit this entry. As with everywhere in France there was an old chateau and I was, as usual, taken with their war memorial sculpture - I always find them so creative I like how they encourage you to ponder when you are looking at the images - what do they say to you? - see pictures when I can manage to upload them from iPad, its being very stubborn. Our route passed through part ... read more
This one is for Sandy
What the heck was that!

Europe » France » Picardy » Abbeville May 8th 2014

Bonjour! Just as you were all wondering where we are - I thought it was time to check in and update you. We took our time driving down to the Haute Pyrenees. It was a pleasure to drive off motorway and take our time looking at all France has to offer on the way. Plus we saved about 100 euros in toll charges so Monsieur was tres content! We found it quite difficult to get on wifi on the way down as we don't believe in paying for it. So hence the delay in getting properly started with the blog. However, we aim to be more regular from now on. Abbaye de Valloires was simply divine - pardon the pun. It is a 12th century Cistercian Abbey in the Department of Somme. Today it is managed ... read more
Abbaye de Valloires
Abbaye de Valloires
Abbaye de Valloires

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