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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
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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
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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

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Castelnaudary October 10th 2018

Day 16 - We are heading up FRance with little idea where to go to next. We have just looked at the map and picked a road heading home. The weather had turned. Now we no longer face 34 degrees of heat but need to put our jumpers and coats on. It is dull and the rain has started to creep in bit by bit. We have very little in the way of plans. We have done what we wanted to do and we have seen what we wanted to see . All in all we did them too quickly. We will hit the north of France too soon at this rate. How about heading for the seaside ? How about heading for the battlefields ? This was the way our conversations were flying between us. ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon August 30th 2018

This one was a short trip on the land of the good men, as Cathars were called. The Cathars believed that materialism was corrupted and only by the ascetic way of living, a good man could reach paradise. Anyone could have told by the places where they built their castles. Who could live there? Cold, wind, isolation... the Cathars were really strong people in their beliefs. So the road trip started with Quéribus and Peypertuse castles. I stayed near a small village called St Paul de Fenouillet. Actually I tried Gamping for the first time there. It's an awesome concept. I was alone, near the vineyards and a river, where I could bathe the wild way. It was a marvellous spot for painting. I also visited les Gorges de Galamus, natural pools surrounded by super dangerous ... read more
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Morning bath

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 23rd 2018

Murray and I used to play this board game called Carcassonne, well before we were married. I didn't realise it was a real medieval city in the South of France. We decided it was well worth a visit and it didn't disappoint. The Le boat canal boat trip we wanted to do, didn't actual get a view of Carcassonne, so we went down a day earlier to make sure we had time to look around. Our randomly booked apartment overlooked breathtaking Carcassonne. We were not disappointed. We loved looking around at night especially, exploring the nooks and crannies of the ramparts and finding new view points over the city. We drove down from Geneva, a 5 hour journey on the toll road. Mum, Dad, Daniel and Sarah went down by train, with 2 changes. We then ... read more
View of Carcassonne
So excited to be here!
Carcassonne

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Collioure August 13th 2018

ADIOS España... en effet, aujourd'hui nous repasserons la frontière afin de retourner en France et continuer notre périple qui est encore loin d'être fini... Le temps est toujours au beau fixe... Il faut alors profiter de la mer un maximum... Nous longerons donc la Méditerranée jusqu'à hauteur de Cassis... puis ce sera Adios la mer... malheureusement car il nous faudra rentrer dans les terres pour retrouver notre maison un jour... Nous passerons une première nuit à Saint-Marie-la-Mer, à ne pas confondre avec Les Saintes Maries.... Un camping bruyant pour cette nuit mais ce doit être dans tous les campings de France puisque Foot oblige... c'est la finale... Et la nuit continuera bruyante puisqu'un bon orage sévira, apportant beaucoup d'eau... A ce moment là on est heureux de ne pas se trouver sous une tente... car d'autres ... read more
encore un peu d'Espagne...
Méditerranée
les plaisirs de l'eau

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 23rd 2018

After parking on the descent of the Col de Bisanne with the truck, I was then able to actually park on the climb of the Col de Madeleine. This wasn’t easy as I was late to the party, in terms of Tour parking, as some of these motorhomers get to a named climb well in advance, but my ace is the truck. Where these big lumps of plastic need a bit of space, I just need a car parking space so long as it’s got grass/dirt to peg into. But, this being said, I can’t be too picky, otherwise I’ll end up without a place, so opposite a set of road works, there was a dirt lay-by that was long, but just wide enough for my truck. The downside was the angle I was parked at, ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 8th 2018

Over a week has past on this Pyrenees trip, and so far we’ve spent two days in the Pyrenees, and have now split from the rest of the group. Mark was one of the guys with me on the first Morocco trip, and he come across some guys on Facebook organising a trip to the Pyrenees. When he suggested it, I was all up for it, as it was timed well, and I had nothing planned for June. On previous trips I'd done a ton of research of routes and places, but as this wasn't my trip I naively assumed I could just follow along and enjoy. Day one was an easy one for me, as Dover is just down the road, where as the rest were driving down from Doncaster. At around 1, everyone began ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne February 14th 2018

Here we are, the last blog of a pretty amazing one month trip...and now, I'm only 3 months late on blogging! We start the day very early in Barcelona and drove north to the little city of Figueres. Here, Dali left his Museum while still alive. He designed the place and offered it the to city and the people of the world. You can qualify Dali with a lot of words, mad could be one of them, genius obviously another one. The place is just stunning and we spent a full morning here. Dali was later buried here too. It's a long day and Figueres itself doesn't have much to offer as a small city, so we had a fast lunch and drove North to France. We could have stop on the way, but today is ... read more
Cathars castle...
It's still winter time!
When I told these guys you are too late....last invasion was centuries ago...I received some solid smiles on the way back!




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