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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix February 8th 2019

Woke to a beautiful morning - real contrast to yesterday's rain - so went into the town (Quillan - remember?) one more time, for a couple of bits from shops and a farewell coffee at Le Terminus (which incidentally is named for a railway station that no longer exists - tracks are still there, with a piece of wood across them to allow access to the Aire). Also tried to find out the significance of the date, 17 March 1912, on the otherwise unmarked statue of a girl holding a torch (or taking a selfie! - see picture). Any ideas? TIO was shut. Set off into the Ariège dept, but decided the main roads around here are "interesting" enough, without exploring villages in the mountains, so we'll leave that little project. The mountains around us continued ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix July 1st 2016

Today we decided to stay close to home and visit some of the local attractions. As we are in the area of France’s leading underground tourism operators we decide we could not pass up the opportunity to check out one of the Grottos of France. We went on a 2 hour underground guided boat and walking tour to view the subterranean river of Labouiche, to view many stalagmites, stalactites, crystals, and waterfall on the 1500 metre journey of the river and reach a depth of 60 metre below ground. The temp of the cave is about 13-degree C which is wonderful on this hot day and the water was crystal clear what a shame we cannot go swimming. The waterfall flows into a pool with a depth of 3 metre and the speed of the water ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix June 30th 2016

After a wonderful walk of the Fontvieille village we headed off to cross the Rhone River at Arles which at first we could not understand why people would wont to travel up and down this river in barges as it was so small but 1km down the road we found the correct Rhone River which soon clear that up for us. Our main stop today was a wonderful couple of hours walking around Carcassonne Medieval City this is a beautiful city with much history. Carcassonne City and Canal du Midi are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and welcomes several million visitors every year but still feels quaint and relaxing. This area was first settled 1000 years before the birth of Christ. The current location of the Medieval City was settled in 6 B.C, the ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix September 11th 2015

We heard a train in the distance last night and realised Tarascon is on the railway. Quick Google for SNCF and sure enough only 15 minutes to Foix. Excellent idea. Train left at 10.52 so leisurely start to the day. Then hopped onto Kisbee and scootered to the station in town. Just 7.80 Euros each return and a very comfy ride up the valley to Foix. Good choice of day to visit too. Friday is market day in Foix and lovely it was. We found the market in two places. The main market was wonderful fresh produce under an open sided market hall. I wanted to buy it all but resisted as it was hot and we had to carry anything we bought round all day. Then more stalls selling all sorts of interesting, appealing and ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix September 22nd 2010

Day 10 After the disappointment of Cap D’Agde the stay at Peret restored our vision of rural France. Having left Peret we quickly came across a local wine cooperative and bought boxes of red and rose wine without traditional tasting. Drove through Languedoc to Bedarieux for coffee, followed by lunch, three ‘platters’ of tomato, ravioli and cheese. Arrived at La Celeste, our accommodation for the next week, just after 4pm and later cooked our first meal for some time after a swim in the pool. Covering the pool at night will be a military operation! Day 11 First none driving day so far after late breakfast and early morning swim. Weather rather cloudy at first but eventually the sun came out and allowed us all to swim and enjoy the sun. It’s exciting to watch the ... read more
Lunch at Carassonne
Getting artistic at the summit
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix October 7th 2009

Yesterday, the Inspecteur de l’Académie based at Foix agreed to meet a delegation from Laroque today. Francis, one of the two councillors who’s been most involved; 2 parent reps, the dynamic Fatima and Fabiènne; and finally the Mayor, were the ones to go. Could the school have an extra teacher (not to disrupt the class formations again, but to offer supplementary teaching), and what about becoming a ZEP (Zone d’Education Prioritaire)? The troops were called out once again. No, we couldn’t go in to meet the Inspector, but we could be outside to offer solid support. So 20 of us made the trip to Foix, where we waited and waited somewhat impotently outside the Academie buildings, in the street. The local press came with cameras and notepads. As an aside, Mal and I were quite struck ... read more
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Francis gives us the unwelcome news

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix July 26th 2009

Sunday 26th July - Riding the Cols of the Pyrenees I was Col'd out. I loved riding these Cols so selected the “interesting” mountain pass route over the Pyrenees and into France, for a brief overnight sojourn there, travelling back across the border again to Northern Spain tomorrow. It was more interesting than the dull ride through the plains of central Spain and more importantly not as sun baked. And what a brilliant ride. If there was a prize for best biking road ever the N260 would have to be in the top 5. Stupendously good fun - awesome views and perfect quality tarmac, it twisted its way ever skyward from Ripol. Mile after mile it seemed to last for ever. If it looks a long road on my 1 inch : 1000 mile scale map ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix November 16th 2008

Sunday 2nd Nov It’s 9am and we’re off to Carcassonne some 70miles away from Toulouse. We heard a lot about it and our expectations are high. We’re totally relying on the GPS to take us to Carcassonne. We have absolutely no idea of which part of Toulouse we are. The route chosen by GPS would not be our choice, but given that we didn’t know where we were and our paper map is next to useless, we just had to follow the instructions given. And Oh boy what a tortuous route it was; through every small village (not even on map) and at one stage we just couldn’t go through the narrow streets. Reversing some 300 yards required some skill and I must admit I’m not just a pretty face! After a long and winding route ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Foix February 21st 2008

Yesterday was Mal’s birthday, so we celebrated by joining our walking group in a healthy walk. It should have been walking with raquettes in the snow, and a new experience for us-, but …… no snow. So an alternative meant driving over to nearby Foix and taking it from there. The Walking Club is a fun group. About 25 or so regularly turn up for the Sunday walks - not always the same people, but you can count on Roger the President, a likeable and jolly retired fireman: Nicolas, who likes to yodel and whoop on mountain walks in such a way that his voice echoes and reverberates round the surrounding slopes - we met him in Lavelanet market last Friday as he is one of the council road sweepers: Andrée is a retired teacher, with ... read more
Lazy picnic
More views from the walk
Birthday cake for Mal!




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