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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées May 8th 2017

This morning, at the Toulouse airport, I picked up the leased Renault that I had ordered. I will drive it for a month and I expect to go lots of places, some I've been to before, most I have not. Today I was in new territory. The Pyrenees Mountains appear pretty quickly south of Toulouse and this was the first time I had seen them other than from an airplane. They are snow-capped and impressive (see photo with my little car on the side of the road). I stopped in Lourdes for a couple of hours and walked with the pilgrims around this famous site. There is a large church (see photo) and behind it is the grotto where Bernadette saw her visions of the Virgin Mary in 1858. Miraculous cures have taken place here and ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Saint-Jean May 5th 2017

THE DREAM Walking the Camino I am so far behind on my blogging. I do apologize. Every day I think I will write another blog about my 2016/2017 trip to the Caribbean, South America, and Indonesia. Then the sun goes down on my plan without a single word being written. Now I am so excited about my new trip that I want to jump start writing about it. So I expect I will be entering missing blogs from my last trip while writing about the trip I am planning now. Still in the planning stages, so anything can change - the goal: Hiking the El Camino de Santiago…starting May 20, 2017. I have been wanting to do this for about three years. Finally, my middle daughter, Lauren has agreed/almost agreed to go with me. She and ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Toulouse October 7th 2016

Woooohoooo! Yes, we are in Toulouse! To recap so far, we flew into Heathrow 2 weeks ago now, then straight on to Glasgow, Scotland for a couple of days, mainly to visit Carol's relatives which was great! We also visited Dundee, Tayport and the Falkirk wheel while we were there. After that we headed down to London for a day and had the fasted whirlwind tour of the City on foot you could think of, but we managed to fit in Harrods,Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and a few other spots before negotiating the Tube back to our Hotel in Kensington. The next morning found us at Heathrow bright and early for the flight to Paris. We arrived to fantastic weather and experienced our first French cuisine at a local restaurant, one of many we experienced during ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Loubressac September 24th 2016

We had planned to visit 3 of the most beautiful villages of France: Loubressac, Autoire and Carantec when we stayed at this campsite but I realised last night that we visited them all when we stayed on a site in Carantec on the Dordogne, 2 years ago. Bob quickly reviewed the plans and plotted a new Kisbee trip round other villages instead. This to end at Loubressac as we heard that there was to be a hot-air, (Montgolfiades de Rocamadour) balloon spectacle there at 5pm and we wanted to watch it. We had to go first of all to Gramat as Kisbee was thirsty and refusing to ride further until we fed him some fuel. Had the most delicious patisserie with our morning coffee then set off on our explorations. First to Thegra where there ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Rocamadour September 23rd 2016

Very lazy day today, Wednesday. We spent the morning at the campsite relaxing with our books (well Kindle in my case and Tablet in Bob’s). After a bit of lunch we headed down to the beach, Santa Margarita end, the holiday resort part of Roses. It really does have a rather lovely beach with a very pleasant promenade running behind, its full length. Lots of shops selling your usual beachside tat and cafes and restaurants galore. We had a very good swim as the sea was quite warm, once immersed anyway and perfect for swimming. Warmer than campsite pool so I made sure I swam enough to cover my daily pool lengths as no intention of freezing myself in the pool later. The sun hid itself behind a cloud but warm enough anyway so we lay ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Montauban August 22nd 2016

DONZAC What could be more blissful? This was our campsite last Sunday. A perfect place to reflect. A nice lake surrounded by a park with trimmed lawns, picnic tables and barbeques as well as illumination for motor homes. Alas we could not stay there as the town Fete was to be held that evening. The area was to be the launching pad for the fireworks display at midnight. The town did provide us with another park-like location with manicured lawns, illumination and flower gardens, but without the picnic tables and barbeques, and of course the lake was no longer in the picture. I returned the following morning to take these pictures. There might be more to be concerned about than fine from the Municipal Police for parking overnight in a restricted zone. We were warned. The ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Condom August 20th 2016

Condom and La Bastide This is a condom sort of story. So get ready so stretch you mind. But before I tell you about that, you will have to read about La Bastide. Now I can sense some readers shifting in their seats as they wonder about my swear words and sexual references. And think of others who now consider my travels have crossed moral boundaries and I am skating on thin ice, about to descend into literary degeneration. Relax. The French are not so uptight. The French word ‘bastide’ is not a reference to illegitimacy. It can mean ‘country house’ or ‘mansion’. So we pulled up beside a creek in the town of La Bastide d’ Armagnac. There were a few other motorhomes parked in the shade there so we decided to stay the night. ... read more
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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Ariege July 31st 2016

So, having woken up yesterday in possibly the worst of all ibis hotels, we were in no mood for a lie in so headed off to Lourdes for our own mini pilgrimage ( hoping for divine forgiveness for the great ant massacre of 2015!!!) Now, Lourdes. I'd been warned by the interweb that Lourdes was a tad on the chaotic touristy side but I was not prepared for this.....essentially it's a big version of Matlock with more churches and more touristsand, less chip shops and more tat. Lots more tat. Oh and religion everywhere. It's an utterly crazy place ( it did appear that all the visitors to the cathedral and it's surroundings thought they already had god on their side as we nearly removed a good half dozen who wandered aimlessly into the road) I ... read more

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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