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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 12th 2019

Went over the Millau Viaduct on the way to Roquefort. The trip over the viaduct was easy and no view, so slightly disappointing. Arrived in Roquefort and found the Society of Roquefort to see how the cheese is made. Cheese is from ewes milk of Lacaune Sheep and matured in the caves - an interesting tour. From there we drove through the Canyon de la Dourbie, a pretty mill at Le Moulin de Corp and spotted 7 Griffon Vultures soaring overhead. We were unable to post the video of the viaduct crossing on this site but will try and post on Facebook.... read more
Air passage !
Maturing cheese !
Hundreds of maturing cheeses

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 10th 2019

We went and visited the information centre of the Millau Viaduct - very interesting and informative. The architect was British ! It took 3 years to build and opened in 2004. We then drove around the Gorges du Tarn, lunch was taken at the Hotel Parisianne at Les Vigres. Sat out on the terrace. Hurray, warm sunshine. Onwards and Upwards. The views were outstanding - St Enime was particularly outstanding.... read more
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Lunch !!!!
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 9th 2019

Hi All WiFi has been a bit unreliable will try and update all soon Rod and Gill... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau May 9th 2019

Drove to Millau then went to the viaduct, a cabled stayed bridge that spans the gorge valley of Tarn, it is the tallest bridge in the world reaching 1104ft. We then drove up to the viaduct viewpoint, up a very twisty single track road, plenty of hairpins, up the side of the gorge for the best view. On returning to Agussac we strolled alongside the river and through the village.... read more
bottom of the viaduct
viaduct view
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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
Otter

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Millau June 25th 2014

There's something to be said when the trip organizer himself elects not to do part of the alternate route - but I didn't know any better at the time (I left before him), and truthfully neither did he as the Internet had had precious little to share about the itinerary he had suggested. So I got to be the trailblazer, and now you get to find out how things went. The day started promisingly enough: overnight rains had subsided and the nearby summits were shrouded in mist that the morning sun was busy burning off as I left Meyrueis. In fact things were so scenic as I left town that I kept stopping almost every few metres to take a picture, and at one point in the climb to Col du Perjuret I noticed to my ... read more
five-generations-of-hoteliers
morning-shrouds
heading-off-into-the-darkness

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
Magestic
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




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