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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes September 14th 2005

Egg 2. Hi all . We left Toulouse on the 14th September and drove South toward the Pyrenees (pair of knees). The landscape quickly became mountainous once we cleared the outskirts of Toulouse - its was stunningly lush and green and super hilly. Actually at times - were it not for the brilliant sunshine - you might have mistaken the surroundings for Scotland. We had a short lunch stop in Lourdes, just to see what it was like really, as the Senior eggs have been a few times. The upper part of Lourdes seems just like any other southern French town. The area is gorgeous and has a lovely Swiss feel to it. We parked up and strolled down to toward the Grotto. Although I´m not a religous person myself, I found the experience relatively interesting. ... read more
Queue for Grotto (not Santa!)
Church Above Grotto
Fork Handles

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse September 13th 2005

Oeuf no: deux. Bonjour Tour le Monde! ( I think that means '"hello everyone"). I´m adding some more photos of Toulouse - it was really fabby. Sxxx ps: In my defense re the last blog - I would definately have made better cassoulet - the meat vs haricot bean distribution was disproportionate in the one that I had the other night. ie: not enough sausage (thanks Claire! - you´ll know what I mean). ... read more
Groucho´s amazing vintage store
Big Boy of Toulouse
Stained glass in St Etienne

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse September 12th 2005

Oeuf No. 1 Bonjour! As you will no doubt be able to tell, our grasp of the French language has improved dramatically in the days we have been in France (see French paragraphs previous). We spent yesterday driving from Blois to Toulouse after spending about an hour taking our tent down and drying it out over a hedge. There were a few scary moments for Egg No. 2 when insects of various sizes crawled out from under the ground sheet - but fortunately she could only run a few metres before she was out of puff and had to sit down. We had a lovely drive down through the back roads of the French countryside, stopping along the way for breakfast "en plein air" in the 25 degree sunshine. As a bloke I feel that I ... read more
The 4 Batards
Pont Neuf
Canal through Toulouse

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées July 15th 2005

All the stories you've heard about crazy French drivers, high mountain roads with no crash barriers and lanes so narrow you have to breathe in when you pass another car are true. But more about that later ... The main purpose of our trip to the French Pyrenees was to watch a stage of the incredible Tour de France. We left London early on a Friday morning for the long (and rather boring) trip to Stansted airport for our cut-price airline flight, which despite rumours was not bad at all. We arrived in the early afternoon in Pau, a city at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains where on a clear day you get a magnificent view of the surrounding scenery. It was overcast and cloudy and we saw nothing. Despite our beginners French classes our ... read more
Our tiny car and even smaller tent
Summer in the Pyrenees
Mountain stream below the Cirque

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes September 21st 2004

Motorhome News from Europe 3 France. 21st September 2004 Bordeaux and South along the Atlantic Coast Having said farewell to Sonia in Limoges, we headed through heavy rain west to Bordeaux country and the wine town of St Emilion, a name surely on everybody’s lips at some time in their lives. There were vineyards as far as the eye could see in every direction, purple grapes just about ready for harvesting and every cave in the town seemed to be selling wine and sign after elaborate sign seemed to point to yet another chateaux. St Emilion itself is immaculate and drools with money - a place to admire, a centre of commerce - but not a place to live, Janice would tell you. At last the temperature was dropping, now approaching 18C from a sweltering 37C ... read more
St Emillion

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse September 16th 2004

The Sights We took the public bus into town which was effortless. The new metro is open but it is still only one line and only gives access to the most populous places. Old Toulouse is pretty small so it was not too much trouble to get around town. Toulouse is really an incredible city and probably does not get its due credit despite being the 5th largest city in France. The town has changed and the population of North Africans has increased significantly to the point where it was shocking. Toulousains joke that in the center city you will no longer find any French people, this was sadly near to the truth.... read more
In the Jardin Royal, Toulouse
Toulouse, the Pont Neuf
The Garonne River and Hotel Dieu

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Tarabel September 11th 2004

Childhood Memories We drove out with grandpa and grandma on one of our only two excursions by car on the trip. Papy cannot drive well anymore so I ended up doing most of it at the wheel of his low mileage but beat up Citroen Xantia. Tarabel is not that far, maybe 15 miles east of downtown Toulouse, but despite recent growth, it still is in the countryside, the equivalent of Sunbury to Columbus. Growing up in Texas Axel and I used to fly out here every summer to visit the grandparents for a month and spend time with mom's aunts, uncles and cousins whiling the summer away in papy and mamy's house in the countryside village of Tarabel. We grew up out here and had a lot of fond memories, it was great to come ... read more
Chateau de Tarable Dependences
New Chateau de Tarabel
Papy & Mamy's Old House

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes October 20th 2002

My boss invited me to go to Lourdes way before we set to Europe. Although I am not a Catholic, I said to myself why not go there, see the place and check out the miracle water. We went to Lourdes from Paris via train again and checked into a hotel not far from the church. Although you know there were lots of pilgrims, the place was quiet. We went to the site and my boss took the opportunity to join the prayer parade that night. I just sat at a bench and watched the people mostly elderly pray with their candles went around the grounds then to the church for more prayers. Next day we were early to visit the church, Grotto and check out the miracle water. I drank the pure (as they ... read more
The Sanctuary at Lourdes
The Grotto
View from the Summit - Pyrenees

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 16th 2001

Being Hardcore catholics as my family is, we couldn't travel 6 hours to france without stopping at lourdes as well. We hopped on a TGV (speed train) and headed to Lourdes for a day. It was our hotel that night tha we traveled. Speed trains are the way to travel. They are soo cool. I could sit on them forever and just watch out the window. Travel across country?...any day :)... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées May 31st 1997

Right on the border of Andorra and France, on the French side, there is a train station. A train station and a couple of houses in the valley. The bus stops there to drop people off. The train stops there to pick people up. That is probably all that ever happens here. Luckily the train station has a ticket office. And it's manned. The only sign of local life. And, except for a small number of confused travelers, the only sign of life at all. There are no signs of habitable houses. What does one do to deserve a position here? The "Dances With Wolves" for the railroad company employees. This little station could pass by unnoticeable if the train didn't slow down. It's in the center of Europe, but yet so isolated. The place probably ... read more

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