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Thursday we met ALL the gang in Gruissan….the salt flats where they sell lots and lots of salt products….did a tour but this one was totally in French…so 90 minutes really wasted. Lovely establishment near the beach…was great to see the area. Loaded ourselves in the cars and drove to Narbonne to get groceries and stuff for lunch as Chateau Haut Gleon doesn’t have a restaurant….so yummy baguettes, ham, cheese tomato….delish all in the garden of the chateau. Chateau Haut Gleon is not in a town but in the countryside about 8klm from two towns….but wow what a gorgeous estate…nice rooms, pool and breakfast room and of course tasting rooms for the wines. Drove to local village for dinner each night which was quite nice…living like a local and that is what we really like. Friday ... read more
GRUISSAN
GRUISSAN
CHATEAU HAUT GLEON

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon August 12th 2019

Well we arrived safe and sound in Paris after a very, very long flight……always a chore…hate the long flight but lounge access does help! Straight out of the plane at 8.30pm to hire car company and drove 40km out of Paris for a head start for Saturday am, 540klm drive down south to Puy-en-Velay…..six and a half hours later arrived in this very spectacular town and our lovely hotel The Dyke Hotel run by a young French couple and they were so, so friendly and gave us lots of advice about the town….right on the edge of the old town. Spent the afternoon walking the town with a visit to the Rocher St Michel D’Aiguilhe (the rock of St Michael)…big walk up 288 steps to the top of it….well worth it for the wonderful view. Then ... read more
PUY EN VELAY
PUY EN VELAY
PUY EN VELAY

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier July 27th 2019

Bonjour à tous, Avant de passer à la conclusion de ce périple, un petit mot sur la journée d’aujourd’hui. Toute la soirée, toute la nuit, et toute la journée de la pluie, de la pluie, et encore de la pluie. J’ai traversé la banlieue de Toulouse, dans un ruisseau, sur l’autoroute, très chargé comme je le prévoyais, la vitesse est parfois tombée à 40kmh, si la pluie est intense. Mais avant ça, j’avais décidé de faire un léger détour, par Lourdes. Après ma visite à Fatima au Portugal, et St Jacques de Compostelle, je me devais passer par Lourdes. Comme Pau, j’ai connu Lourdes il y a pas mal d’années. Mais jamais je ne m’étais rendu jusqu’à la grotte. La visite, avec parapluie impératif, à été de courte durée. Peu de monde sur le parvis de ... read more
la Basilique
Lourdes
la Basilique

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 16th 2019

Another tour around the smaller village, starting off at Pennautier. We visited the Château- not open but walked around the grounds. Attached is a boutique selling wines produced on the estates. On then to Aragon it unable to access - Route Barre - we think the many of the roads in this area were being repaired after the devastating winter flooding. The view of the village from the hill was picturesque, quite like Tuscany ! We travelled onto Saissac where we had lunch - Madame Said we had to be quick as she had a dental appointment at 2pm. However, as usual the food was excellent. Then walked down to the castle, it was first recorded in 958 AD. Ruins of course, but interesting. Then back to pack up as tomorrow we head up to Cahors. ... read more
Gateway to Château
Vines at the Château
River at Pennautier

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 15th 2019

Today we took a road trip. Our first port of call was Villesèquelande where stands the Ormeau de Sully - an Elm tree planted in the 16C - - the knights museum was closed ! Then headed into Truffle Country at Moussoulens, but no black diamonds found! Montolieu was a village with 20 plus book shops, art galleries and potters! Lunch was enjoyed in the main square at Cassquets et Chapeau - caeser salad with anchovies served by an Irish lady whose French husband was the chef. Then onto Saint-Martin-le-Veil stopping en route to view the Cistercian Abbey of Villelongue - the medieval gardens were worth the stop. Good day - saw lots you could so easily miss, thank you Google !!!... read more
Montolieu
Bookshop
Book Kebab

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 13th 2019

Today we visited La Cite de Carcassonne. We were last here 5 years ago. Enjoyed lunch French style in the square - salade! The Cite is the largest and best conserved medieval fortress in Europe. Double walled and the beautiful basilica of St Nazaire. The stained glass are considered the best in the south of France. The ramparts are spectacular and give superb views of the surrounding countryside. Very warm and clear blue skies - the first this trip !!!!!!... read more
Lunch
The square
St Nazaire

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne April 25th 2019

We choose Carcassonne over other places in France that we haven’t been before, for one reason; potential place to retire. The cost of living here is very low a 900 square foot apartment with two bedrooms for $900 a month. That is less than half of what we pay in New York for 720 square feet and one bedroom. To fully get the feel for the town, our original plan was to rent a couple of bikes, stop at a couple of real estate offices then ride by apartments, houses, etc. Biking was not in our stars. First, I had originally booked some bikes on line, but they never confirmed or responded to my three e-mails, at least no money exchanged hands. The hotel did have bikes available, even though they did not advertise that, so ... read more
The Cheese & Sausage Guy
The Vegetables
Indoor Market

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne April 24th 2019

Part of the reason I am behind in my blogging and now typing this when I should be typing today’s is, we had a very early train from Paris to Carcassonne. The initial plan was to blog while we were on the train, but sleep won out. The day started at 3:30 for Jerry, yes, he got up first because it just takes him longer. I slept until 4:30. We had done most of the packing the night before, so only needed to shower and to the last-minute items in the morning. We were on the curb waiting for the cab by 5:30. Yes, we took a cab to the train station, normally, we take the metro everywhere, to the train station, to the airport, but we are in our mid 50’s now and are trying ... read more

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
Flamingos

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
Stairs




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