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Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 25th 2016

The warming days of spring we have experienced of the last two weeks have deserted us today. The day has dawned with a high overcast and a forecast of some showers along with a high of 14C. Poking my head out the door it felt like about 5C. Deciding that we should get to the funicular earlier in the day rather than later we set off on the 3km walk through the town to where the attraction was located. We have certainly had the feel that we are closer to Spain here in Lourdes as the pace of life in the streets and shops seem more laid back. Walking through the narrow streets that lead down to the entry to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes which we had visited yesterday the shops were slow ... read more
The halfway crossing point on the viaduct,Finicular,Lourdes
View out over Lourdes from the upper Finicular terminal
View over Lourdes from the top of the hill

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 24th 2016

Today we experienced something we have never seen before and it is hard to accurately describe the emotions we felt during our visit to the Grotto of Massabielle in Lourdes where a simple peasant girl, Bernadette Soubirous in 1858, reported a vision of the Virgin Mary. Neither of us are Catholics but we were both deeply moved by what we saw and experienced during our three hour visit to the grotto and its environs. The day dawned clear and sunny again. It has been over 2 weeks since we last experienced any rain and we can hardly believe our good fortune as it makes sightseeing so much more enjoyable when one can keep dry. We did some administration during the morning.Washing, reading emails, paying bills by internet banking, all the things that one would do at ... read more
Blessed Virgin Mary at the Grotto,Lourdes
The Grotto,Lourdes
Candles of all sizes,Lourdes

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées » Lourdes March 23rd 2016

Our short stay at Taillon-Medoc has been comfortable enough even though the apartment was much more compact than the previous places we have stayed in on the BBA V3. Our host Wilhelm wasn’t home when we were ready to leave but he said just to leave the key in the door and he would know we had departed when he returned home. Another very trusting host. We chose the shortest road option on the GPS south to Lourdes and the first 50 odd kilometres was on the highway. Joining the highway from the rocade the speed limit quickly increased from 90kph to 110kph and then 130kph, the first road in France we have encountered this limit. Cars weren’t speeding past us as we came to grips with the higher speed limit then seemingly out of the ... read more
We assume this was the name of the proprietor of this hairdresser in Grenade-sur-l'Adour.Unfortunate perhaps
Map of directions for one of the trails to Santiago de Compostelo
Fort in centre of Lourdes

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées October 4th 2015

Our trip is nearing the end. Tomorrow we will drive to Toulouse and spend the night to be ready for an early morning flight back home. We have spent the past several days visiting more villages. Four days ago we visited Castelnau-M., a beautiful bastide town and had a great lunch at a cafe on the square. It is a very neat and tidy medieval village with all the shutters freshly painted. A lovely place. Three days ago we visited the beautiful town of Sarlat. We enjoyed a great lunch on the patio by the street in glorious sunshine, the weather was spectacular. We met a British couple sitting next to us who were looking for a gite to buy in the area (our version of a B&B without the second B). They own another gite ... read more
Enjoying the sunshine
one of the many stone walls in our village
Church in Moissac

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées September 29th 2015

We have been traveling around to many medieval villages, often "bastides," which are villages set in a grid plan with a central square. The square is surrounded by a walkway with arcades that offer shops and usually a few cafes. On our way to Peyrusse-le-Roc, we stopped to shop at a small open air market in Concot. One gentleman was selling chickens, uncooked as well as rotisserie cooked. As you can see in the picture, he nicely tucked the head along side of the chicken so nothing was wasted. Sandra selected a rotisserie chicken for us for dinner but he said he would remove the head. He did but tucked it in with the rest of the chicken! That was our little surprise when we arrived home and unwrapped it.😖We also visited twin towers in the ... read more
St. Cirq Lapopie
Twin Towers
Sandra and I in CordeS-de-Ceil... Or Najac?

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées September 29th 2015

I missed a day in there. Previous to my last posting, we visited Pujols. It is a great little village with a quaint cafe in a garden with lovely sculptures. We enjoyed a fabulous lunch and then went on to visit the local ubiquitous church, as we do in most villages. Very pretty stained glass. We also found a portion of the Chemin de St. Jacques, the French part of the Camino. This path goes through many parts of France. Part of the trail runs through the land quite close to where we are staying and we hiked there for an afternoon. We encountered a strange little older German woman, a pilgrim hiking the Chemin. She was apparently trying to find a Gite in Pech which was just a few kilometers away. But even after showing ... read more
Second Course...
Tummy full and satisfied 😝
One of many beautiful churches

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées September 27th 2015

Hi all, I haven't been doing well on this blog. We explore - and eat - all day and then get home and just crash. Sandra arrived a week ago Saturday and before we knew it, the day had come for her departure. But we enjoyed a wonderful time with her, exploring each day. You will see her in some pictures here and the next blogs. I am going to randomly add some pictures, just because I have so many and don't have time to explain each, but you get the picture. First, I want you to see what types of roads we are driving on. We have now driven 2,500 km on various roads but mostly yellow and white roads (on the map). The red roads are the best. The yellow are narrow with no ... read more
or road
Now this is a "white" road 😓
and yet another...

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées September 18th 2015

Hi all, We have been busily traveling in Fifi each day, with the exception of Wednesday when we took a little time to catch up with laundry. It was supposed to rain that day but as it turned out, it was a beautiful afternoon so as the clothes went through their suds cycle, we read and played backgammon out in the garden. The other days we traveled to more medieval villages, many also built into the Rock. So far we have driven over 800km. I can now drive at breakneck speeds around hairpin turns like the best of the crazies! The last couple days we have visited Figeac, Lalbenque, Luzech, Pul'eveque. We also visited the cave paintings at Pech Merle. Very interesting. Yesterday we had an intrigging lunch while en route to Gourdon. We stopped at ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées September 13th 2015

I need to write these blogs before I jumble all these beautiful villages together! Thursday we drove (among many maniacal French drivers) to Saint Cirq Lapopie. What a treat. This is my favorite village so far. It is an exquisite medieval town built into the rock on a sheer cliff. How they accomplished this architectural feat is beyond me. We parked way down below and walked up into the town and as we strolled through the winding paths (aka roads 😱) there were intrigging shops at every turn. We then found a lovely small cafe with a table on the patio and enjoyed a three course meal, including luscious desserts. Duck is a local favorite and we have had some version of that several places. And the food presentation is always exquisite. Check out the pictures. ... read more

Europe » France » Midi-Pyrénées September 12th 2015

Okay, we are finally officially posting with pictures. I know, about time. We have been very busy with Cameron designing a very interesting itinerary each day and we don't return until after 6:00 usually. Our current M.O. is to enjoy quite a large lunch - often 3 courses! - and then snack on cheese and French bread, nougat, ice cream, almond cake... You get the gist, for dinner at home. After a full day of sightseeing/walking/hiking, we are ready to relax at night and not try to find our way on the perilous roads. That system is working very well for us. We have taken a bunch of pictures, some of which I will share with you, but we have yet to take pictures of our gite. I will tomorrow. In the meantime, here we go: ... read more
Lots of steps!
Cameron on the loft above the bridge
This one's for you, Dave Nelson!

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