Blogs from Millau, Midi-Pyrénées, France, Europe


Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 17th 2015

This morning Nicole served another HUGE breakfast. This morning we had strawberries and yoghurt/crème fraîche again which was yummy, but it's still like having dessert for breakfast! Then Nicole presented us with Nutella mousse in martini glasses garnished with cake which she told us is a specialty of hers. OMG we'd already eaten one dessert for breakfast, but felt obliged to eat the Nutella mousse as well. I guess there are worse things that can happen when you are travelling than being served two desserts for breakfast?! We said our farewells to the delightful Nicole and Robert who plied us with gifts as we were paying our bill. Water for our journey, a tin of their home-made pâté (the one we were eating on Friday night) for Bernie and a tea-light candle holder for me. Thank ... read more
Ecluses de Fonseranes
Combined bike run race

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 24th 2014

Millau Ardeche Auvergne The Millau Viaduct is a cable-stayed bridge that spans the valley of the River Tarn near Millau in southern France. The bridge was built to relieve the congestion caused by the flood of motorists heading south from Paris to Spain. You can now drive on the motorway from Clermont Ferrand to the Spanish border - the only toll charge you will pay is to cross the viaduct. 8.90 euros in July & Aug 7 euros the rest of the year. Pay! it is worth every penny. “Designed by the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux and British architect Norman Foster, it is the tallest bridge in the world with one mast's summit at 343.0 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure. It is the 12th highest bridge deck in the world, being ... read more
The Museum
Monsieur et Madame

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 7th 2014

Talk about being lost in France – the experience of being on the Peripheric on a Monday morning will linger long in the imagination. Another one of those things that you laugh at when you realise what you have done. Part of that rich tapestry of life on the road in a motorhome. Most of the time things go well but then you have a moment . It’s those moments that you remember long after the holiday is over. We wake early. For us not the long lingering mornings in bed, not getting up until lunchtime or beyond. Perhaps it’s being older. You feel like you need less sleep. As soon as a bit of daybreak shows and the birds start to sing we wake. Today was only going to be a short hop to Pezenas ... read more
stunningly beautful
On to the bridge
David Bailey I was never going to be

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 4th 2012

Today we head for Millau and Roquefort Cheese country. I thought I was being so smart and headed in a direction that I though was correct; of course I was wrong and had us going to Nice instead. So after our brief diversion and loop around Aix, we were headed in the right direction. We are taking mostly Auto Routes today, because it is about a 4 hour drive to Millau, without any stops. Arles Our first and only stop of the day is in the City of Arles. This city is famous because it is where Vincent Van Gough painted over 200 hundred paintings, including Starry Night and Café at Night. The city is quite old and has several Roman ruins. They are in the process of renovating the larger amphitheatre but it is obvious ... read more
La Cafe Nuit
Nicoise Salad
AmphiTheater at Arles

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau March 5th 2012

Today we turned our little Peugot south and headed for Millau. Most of the big autoroutes in France are toll roads - and the tolls aren't cheap. The toll for the drive to Millau from Bourges would be €54, and that really only covers the first third of the journey because the rest is toll free. Needless to say, we looked for an alternative route! We found another highway that virtually paralleled the autoroute most of the way, but it meandered a bit through many small towns. It actually turned into a very nice drive and we spotted many chateaus along the way... Some in ruins and some that appeared to be still occupied. The road was quite a bit slower (90 in the fast sections and 30 or 50 through towns; the autoroute is a ... read more
A Chateau We Found Along the Way to Millau
Yup, We are Definitely in France
Quite Mountainous Terrain

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau June 22nd 2011

Carcasonne & Albi It’s a warm and sunny day here in Millau, where we arrived today, driving under the 1 1/2 mile long bridge for which it is famous , not only for the beauty of it but it is one of the worlds highest (at 1,115 ft). The drive thru the French countryside was a study in beautifully laid out farmlands in greens, browns and golds. The elevation of the roads on which we traveled, gave us incredible views of valleys and villages deeply sited between steep hillsides (mountains). As we’re writing this, we look up on a cliffside next to the campground, to see 9 colorful hang gliders soaring off into a clear blue sky, hundreds of feet up from the riverside here at the campground. We left Spain on Friday 6/17, headed to ... read more
Albi Cathedral
Albi aire

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau June 6th 2011

It was a leisurely drive today, full of excitement and expectations of what we were going to see when we reached our destination of Millau. But first we had one final visit to the town of Carcassonne before we headed off. Adventurers before us had discovered the Otago Rugby Shop in the town and gave us no instructions on how to find it so we wandered the streets hoping to stumble across the shop. We suspect that after the 2010 New Zealand rugby season and Otago’s dismal performance the shop has probably closed down and that’s the reason it couldn’t be found. Leaving Carcassonne we headed northeast towards Millau. The green rolling countryside was similar to that in North Otago, New Zealand. There were vast fields of grain or sunflower plants and roads lined with plane ... read more
Wheat fields on the way from Cacassonne
The Millau Viaduct

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau April 10th 2011

Bonjour! Thought Id tell you the shocking news that this weekend not a single drop of alcohol has passed my lips.. and no I will not be making a habit of it! :) Another week of teaching passed, only 2 weeks left now. Friday I had to start at 9 :( but my morning was good, I had lunch at the lycee with Paula and then walked home in the lovely sunshine. Friday night was a pretty quiet affair, I stayed in as we were getting up early to go to the beach. Saturday morning up at 7! We caught the bus to Montpellier at 9 which seemed to take forever as it had added a few different stops, when we finally got there, we got the tram to Port Marianne were we saw a sea ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau April 4th 2011

Bright and early today and off to the view the viaduct, the main reason for coming to this little town, well the National Geographic programme we watched some time ago did not do this massive structure any justice at all. The viaduct is simply stunning and rises from the Tarn river below to soar more then 300 meters high, way taller than the Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building and our own Sky Tower. Pam took some great shots of the Viaduct from so many vantage points that I lost count and then promptly told me that we had to come back at night for some night shots. Ok, so we then headed off to find the stone houses along the Tarn River that Pam had seen, The Gorges Du Tarn seemed like a good starting point ... read more
Tarn River
Millau Sunset
Millau Viaduct 'Blue Hour'

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau April 3rd 2011

Very quiet day today, Pam worked Bree and I went and did the grocery shopping, I did the laundry and made a clothesline as this useless campground only had a washing machine and no drier. Spot check: Campground called Camping de deux rivieres is a nice camp site right alongside the river but poor services, rated at 6. Tomorrow investigating places to photograph the viaduct and take a trip over it.... read more

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