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Europe » Portugal » Guarda » Gouveia May 7th 2015

Into Gouveia and the weekly market, purchased some local cheese. All the usual stalls and a large fish market stall which was busy. The churches and town buildings have lots of blue tile collages. The goldfish in the town hall pond fascinated Barney. We are staying at Quintas das Cegonhas in Melo and the panoramic views are stunning. Up into the mountains off the tourist routes - some lovely wild flowers including lupins and broom. Then onto Linhares castle and a cafe lunch. 2 large cheese rolls, a beer and a wine. Cheese cuttings for Barney and all for 5 euros. The reservoir was a surprise to come across but added to appeal of the countryside.... read more
Town Hall Gouveia
At the pond

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Salamanca May 4th 2015

On again to Salamanca where we spotted the storks nesting near our site. After two night stop catching up on washing etc. we headed into Portugal. En-route we were observers of a big police investigation - diverting all traffic off the autoroute into our coffee stop parking area. The police were complete with guns, dogs and stingers. What and who they were looking for we shall never know! Pleased to say we were not guilty!... read more
Another nest
Police in the Ai
Police again

Europe » Spain » Castile & León » Burgos May 2nd 2015

Leaving Lourdes behind we travelled southwest to St Jean de Luz for an overnight stop. Then going on to the Spanish border and reaching Burgos for another overnight stop. Nipped into the city to have a quick look at the cathedral. Again Barney was admired by a local family who had a two year old Springer.... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes April 30th 2015

Today we took a trip on the funicular railway which takes you up to 888m, then we walked the rest to the summit of Pic du Jer. The views were worth the effort. Some birds of prey flying overhead but unable to identify. The afternoon we visited Lourdes Castle and the Pyrennean Museum. Good views once again and lots of steps! Some special pottery including two old feeding cups (Biberon de Malade).... read more
Without bike!

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes April 26th 2015

We travelled to Cahors and spent a day with Lesley and Peter enjoying lunch at their local bar. The weather was atrocious - it rained for 16 hours! Travelling on to Lourdes we set up in the campsite Le Foret not far from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes. We visited the sanctuary the following day 29 April. Every nationality appeared to be present in this vast area - beautiful basilica - huge offerings of lighted candles. Many disabled people visiting the grotto. We were fortunate that the outside service of the rosary at the grotto was in English! Unable to have a dip in the baths as there was a 3 hour wait! Surrounding the sanctuary is a large gift shop area selling souvenirs to the pilgrims - altogether an amazing experience.... read more
The square
From the basilica
Before the service

Europe » France » Limousin April 25th 2015

Our last day at Cognac le Foret. We took the footpath into the village via the fishing ponds and swimming lake (Barney paddled) and Oh! The noise the frogs make! We made our way through the village to the cemetery where the 13C Lanterne des Mort is located. Passing more Limousin cattle on the way.... read more
The Lantern des Mort
The cemetery

Europe » France » Limousin » Limoges April 24th 2015

Visited Limoges which is famous for its 19th C porcelain. The cathedral St. Etienne is very beautiful inside. We also went to the Maison de la Porcelain and joined the factory tour around today's modern factory. A huge shop of beautiful china but resisted the temptation to buy. Cooler day on Friday so we undertook a good 7 km walk around part of the Saint Pardoux lakes - very quiet, we did not meet a soul. Barney enjoyed the cooling paddle at the end of the walk. In the evening we ate at the bar and were joined by other Anglais. "Mary" and I were at Henley on Thames Grammer School 50 years ago! A small world!... read more
Waiting in the square
Porcelain facory
In the shop

Europe » France » Limousin April 22nd 2015

Arrived at Cognac la Foret in Limousin. Weather superb, we have stayed here before, a very rural site. Tuesday saw us visiting Neil Dempsey and his partner Nicki at there rural campsite Chez Rambaud. Kind regards are sent to Jason and Beccy, we will stop over next time at this spot. Spent a lazy afternoon reading and sunbathing, only 29C! We headed off on the King Richard Coure de Lion trail to visit Chalus where his entrails were buried!!!! - Closed! So lunched at Segur le Chateau, a medieval village, Barney enjoyed the cooling river. Wonderful countryside and handsome Limousin cattle.... read more
Easter Egg Well Dressing
Segur le Chateau
River Barney

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Honfleur April 19th 2015

The last couple of days staying on our site at Bec - Hellouine were spent in sunny but breezy weather. We fitted in visits to Trouville and Honfleur. Barney had a good paddle on the beach at Trouville where we had Moules and Frites for lunch and bought some large prawns and fresh crab at the fish market for dinner! The next day at Honfleur we met some Americans over lunch - they all seemed to have dogs named Barney! The market at Honfleur was busy but resisted any purchases. We left our rural campsite on Sunday and travelled down towards Tours for an overnight stop.... read more
Barney again!

Europe » France » Upper Normandy » Rouen April 14th 2015

We set off on Sunday 12th April and stayed at Black Horse CC Site. Monday saw us through the Channel Tunnel to stay at Guines - weather gorgeous. Travelling on to near Rouen on Tuesday. We have found a rural campsite near Brionne. Horses for neighbours and not a sound of a car anywhere. Clear blue skies and sunshine. We walked to the local village to visit the Abbey Bec-Hellouin a 3 mile round trip - very hot 29c and uphill all the way back, fortunately shaded by the woods. Tuesday saw us take trip to Rouen. Plenty to see, walked the main city to take in the Cathedral and the spot where Joan D'Arc was burnt at the stake. On our journey back to site via Jumieges, to explore the ruined Abbey, we crossed the ... read more
Walk down to the village
The old Abbey tower

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