Blogs from Midi-Pyrénées, France, Europe - page 3


Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Souillac May 20th 2019

We set off to ride on the Train de Martel but, non, it does not run on Lundi ! So instead we wandered round the old village - a rich village in the 12c and regained its former glory in the 19c with its trade of black truffles. A town of seven towers. Then onto Gouffre de Padirac - the Devils Chasm - too many steps for us but an enjoyable lunch. Rocamadour was our next stop. We travelled right to the top (courtesy of a lift), watched a Griffon Vulture swooping overhead - the views were tremendous and the sanctuary peaceful.... read more
Martel market
For sale ?????

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Cahors May 18th 2019

We have spent the last two nights at Cahors and enjoyed visiting with Lesley and Peter. They live in the beautiful part of the Lot valley. Lunch was taken at the cafe in St Gery - delicious. We had a wander around the city including the beautiful cathedral of St Etienne and Pont Valentre.... read more
Weir on the Lot
Pont Valentre
Pont Valentré and Vines

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
View 2
Lunch !!!!
View 3

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 » Toulouse May 6th 2019

Leaving Toulouse Back to the train station to rent the car. The staff was very friendly and helpful giving us directions on how to get out of town. We only made one small mistake which was amazing considering the road works at the station and the narrow, winding streets. Luckily, the drive out of town went along streets we had walked the day before. This was helpful because there were a couple of unusual intersections and I am glad I didn’t have to drive through them unprepared. The drive was only just over an hour and we were heading towards the Pyrenees which made for great views. Aurignac The couple we were house sitting for were a lot of fun. They introduced us to Caramelle, the cat, and the three chickens. Wait a minute, I thought ... read more
Lettuce be friends
Meal time

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse May 5th 2019

Here we are again, travelling in France on a Saturday. The day started well with our trip to the market in Arles (see last blog). It got even better as we approached Toulouse on the train and I noticed we didn’t have to cross the river; it was the Canal du Midi we had to cross. Frequent blog readers will know the only thing I like better than churches and aqueducts are canals, especially the Canal du Midi. Toulouse The not so good news was that they are doing a bunch of road work right outside the station where the canal passes and it was quite an ordeal getting away from the station. But that was nothing. What we hadn’t realized was that Toulouse was the city that had been selected as the main target of ... read more
Gilets Jaune protests
Aftermath of Gilets Jaune protests

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Rocamadour April 20th 2019

Wednesday 17thApril Today we travelled from Mont Dore to Rocamadour. Along the way we visited the wonderful Gouffre de Padirac, a limestone cave that one accesses down a big sink hole, 74 metres wide and 33 metres deep. It was impressive to look down into the hole to see the people on the paths entering the cave. It's quite a descent down the hole to the cave, including the large stairway you can see in the picture. The cave is basically one long tunnel, which extends more than 20km. The tour takes in about the first 1km. The first stretch of the cave has no real decorations, following the underground river, but not subject to groundwater entering. Then one transfers into gondolas for a ride further into the cave – very interesting and different. Alighting from ... read more
Château de Beynac
Rocamadour seen from the Monastery

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Marciac February 10th 2019

Decided on a longer run today. In the summer, we visited Marciac to see the Tour de France pass through. At the time, the town was also preparing for a Jazz Festival, so was very much "en fête." We wanted to see what it's like "normally," so headed for its local Aire. The weather was completely different from yesterday - then, we'd spent the afternoon sitting outside the van in warm sunshine. Today, cloudy, cold, drizzly and most all WINDY! Crosswinds or headwinds most of the day. But still, some awesome countryside- love our adopted country! Still raining when we arrived at the Marciac aire, so decided to sit tight and see if tomorrow is better for a walk into town! 150km today, making 3136.... read more

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