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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier April 11th 2019

Montpellier is well situated for taking day trips to nearby (and sometimes not so nearby) towns. But, we have discovered there are lots of neat places to walk in Montpellier. The trips described in this blog entry were taken on random days over the period we were there. The pictures are grouped by location rather than chronologically as sometimes the destinations overlapped. Tram station to tram station The tram that runs by our apartment heads south towards the Mediterranean but splits before it gets there into Lattes Centre and Perols. You can walk from either to the sea or take a local bus. We decided to be daring and walk from Lattes to Palavas-Les-Flots, the resort town right on the beach, along the beach and back up to Perols. It’s only 12 or 13 kilometres and ... read more
Le Lez
Old Bridge

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Castries April 7th 2019

The Castries adventure began on a lazy Sunday afternoon. We were entering the last week of our five week stay with Mr. Darcy and wanted to make sure we had seen all we wanted to see of the region. Our tools were a glass of Rosé, a baguette, some cheeses and the tourist map of Montpellier. What caught our eye wasn’t the town of Castries just outside the metropolitan area; it was the Tourist Information symbol beside the town’s name. If it has a tourist office, there must be something to see, right? Further examination led us to the quote “carrying water a distance of 6,822 metres to the Gardens of the Châteaux, it is considered to be the largest hydraulic system in France”. Having just seen the 55 kilometre aqueduct including the Pont du Gard, ... read more
Le Château
Old doors

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Nîmes March 31st 2019

When we were in Montpellier two years ago we traveled to Nîmes. We thought we could do the town and the Pont du Gard (the famous aqueduct that brought water to Nîmes) in one day. Then we discovered how far it was from Nîmes to the Pont. We did the town and regretted our inability to see the aqueduct. If you are interested in our previous experience in the town, click I did and it brought back some great memories. The Roman museum in Nîmes Nîmes was everything we remembered. As soon as you exit the train station you find yourself walking up this incredibly wide mall lined with trees and benches. A few blocks into town you come to the amazing amphitheatre which in many ways is more impressive than the Coliseu... read more
Now that's a coffee break!
Nîmes amphitheatre
New Musée

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne March 23rd 2019

Apologies to anyone who had trouble with the pictures in the last blog entry from St Guihem le Désert. There was a system problem that prevented all photos on all blogs from displaying for about a day and a half. All seems to be well again. Carcassone We had google mapped Carcassonne before we left home but we cleverly just got off the train and started walking. We figured we could find the tourist office without a detailed map and we did. The very helpful lady gave us a city map and told us to turn left, go through the square, cross the bridge and follow the road up the hill to the entrance on the other side of the fortress. Twenty minutes. Piece of cake. Pride goeth before a fall. We cut through the square ... read more
Main entrance
After the double portcullis is the moat
Some of the towers

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier March 17th 2019

We have long been interested in the Chemin de St Jacques, the Pilgrim’s Way from all over Europe to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Well, not enough to actually walk it ourselves but it has been fun to follow the adventures of various friends who have walked it. One of the trails passes through Montpellier and we have walked the route through the city, several portions of it before we discovered the streets we liked to walk were actually part of the route. In our readings about the Camino, we found references to St Guilhem le Désert, a small town not too far from here. The web site says it is one of the most beautiful villages in France. How could we pass that up? Our preferred method of exploration is to look places up ... read more
La Grotte de Clamouse
Cave picture
Cave picture

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier March 8th 2019

In the last blog I mentioned I had come down with a nasty cough and cold. It really got in the way of being an energetic tourist and blogger. Fortunately, Dianne didn’t succumb to the cold and I seem to be on the mend. During this period we took it pretty easy. Fortunately our base camp is well situated for walks around the old city and, being near a tram stop, we can jump on a tram and go all over Montpellier to start our walks in different locations. The low point of the trip so far, was Thursday, February 28th. How do I know? Well, Dianne took exactly one picture. It was of me taking a nap. Zoo Getting to the zoo involves a long tram ride followed by a transfer to a local bus. ... read more
You looking at me?
New construction
Une journée venteuse

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier February 28th 2019

Our latest adventure takes us back to France where the centre piece is a five week stay in Montpellier visiting with Mr. Darcy, the cat we sat with in 2017. Several other stops are planned in what will be a 68 night trip. In the two months between Dec 20th when the big windstorm hit Pender (and other locations around us) and Feb 20th when we left for France, things were pretty wild. Lots of devastation because of the wind storm (but no fatalities) and two major (for us) snow storms cancelled lots of activities. Snow on Pender is a problem because of the hills and limited snow removal equipment. So it was with some pleasure we left for France and temperatures forecast in the 17-20°C range Our itinerary took us through Vancouver and Frankfurt. Both ... read more
What we left behind
Why we were happy to get to Lyon
Not for the faint of heart

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Quillan February 7th 2019

Yesterday, we popped across to the bar, "Le Terminus," for a drink. Today, in the course of exploring this little tiwn, we ended up there THREE TIMES. Fortunately, due to the times of day, our order was different each visit (small coffees, then teas, and finally wine/beer), so we never got to the "Comme d'habitude, M'sieur-dame?" stage! Parts of the town are lovely and well maintained, but other streets, nearby, seem run down or even abandoned. Strange. We met some Brits who live here, but we agreed we could never do that - too isolated, surrounded by all those mountains! Anyway, we've enjoyed our visit, but we're ready to move on tomorrow.... read more
Pretend Shop Window

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Banyuls-sur-Mer February 5th 2019

Titles starting to seem strange now. Not just because 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of Life, the Universe and Everything, but because we're not in Spain anymore, having crossed the border this afternoon, back into our adopted country. But it's all one trip, and the titles link the bits together - so it's still "the Spain trip." That last little car park gave us a surprisingly peaceful night, since both road and the railway were far enough away not to keep us awake - at least until the morning commutes kicked off. By then the sun was shining straight at us across the Med, so who cares? As we'd decided last night, we set the satnav for the first motorhome "aire" in France, at Port Vendres. It was a longer stage than we'd ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Bolquere November 21st 2018

Today's hike was Caranca Gorges. Again, locating the trailhead was a challenge. The gorge was beautiful and the hike challenging. I love these hikes. The scenery combined with the physical challenge to my body, I feel like I am using my body as it is intended...the machine like quality to climb the mountain, the dexterity and coordination not to stubble along the rocky terrain, and the mental fortitude to believe whatever comes up is meant for me. The path took us near the river and then up a steep ascent (70 floors of climbing according to the iPhone tracker). From the peak of the hike, we could see the what we assumed to be the return path (a tunnel blown out of the rock on the opposite side of the river. The trees were probably a ... read more

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