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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 ?????
Martel

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 » Île-de-France May 17th 2019

Day 18 This would be the most uneventful day of the trip. We left the Carentan in the Normandy area of France and drove back to Paris. Toll way most of the way, just like on our drive out to Normandy. We discovered that the rental car did NOT have a toll pass for the toll roads we were going to be on, just the toll roads around Paris. So, we learned how to pay tolls. There are no signs as you approach the toll booth on how uch the toll will be. I guess everyone should already know this. We learned on our way out to Normandy, that they take credit/debit cards. No indication on how much, but they took plastic. No drive through at 110km/hr and get dinged, just pull up stop, put in ... read more

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Carentan May 17th 2019

Day 17 This part will be expanded and the pictures captioned and text added when I can gather all the information about the sites. We saw so many things yesterday, that it all runs together. I will pull it together and edit the blog when done, but wanted to get this posted so anyone checking on it doesn't wonder what happened. I don't want to get it wrong, and do a disservice to the brave souls from the Allied Forces that fought to make Europe Free. We saw Colleville Bluff, the American Cemetery, Omaha and Utah Beaches, the Memorial at Vienville, Point-du-Hoc, Sainte-Mere-Eglises, Iron Mike Statue, Pont-de-La Fiere, the Dick Winters Monument, Sainte-Marie-du-mort and the Bayeux Tapestry.... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 16th 2019

Another tour around the smaller village, starting off at Pennautier. We visited the Château- not open but walked around the grounds. Attached is a boutique selling wines produced on the estates. On then to Aragon it unable to access - Route Barre - we think the many of the roads in this area were being repaired after the devastating winter flooding. The view of the village from the hill was picturesque, quite like Tuscany ! We travelled onto Saissac where we had lunch - Madame Said we had to be quick as she had a dental appointment at 2pm. However, as usual the food was excellent. Then walked down to the castle, it was first recorded in 958 AD. Ruins of course, but interesting. Then back to pack up as tomorrow we head up to Cahors. ... read more
Gateway to Château
Vines at the Château
River at Pennautier

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 15th 2019

Today we took a road trip. Our first port of call was Villesèquelande where stands the Ormeau de Sully - an Elm tree planted in the 16C - - the knights museum was closed ! Then headed into Truffle Country at Moussoulens, but no black diamonds found! Montolieu was a village with 20 plus book shops, art galleries and potters! Lunch was enjoyed in the main square at Cassquets et Chapeau - caeser salad with anchovies served by an Irish lady whose French husband was the chef. Then onto Saint-Martin-le-Veil stopping en route to view the Cistercian Abbey of Villelongue - the medieval gardens were worth the stop. Good day - saw lots you could so easily miss, thank you Google !!!... read more
Montolieu
Bookshop
Book Kebab

Europe » France » Lower Normandy » Carentan May 15th 2019

Day 16 Today we depart London, after a wonderful stay. The city is dlightful. We stayed in the theater district I think, and there was a choice of every type of eatery you could possibly desire. Good Bye London. Our next stop is France, Paris, then drive to Carentan to visit the Beaches of Normandy, and the memorials associated with that effort of keeping Europe Free. We took a 2 hour train ride from London to Paris, under the channel. It is called the Chunnel. The Channel Tunnel, with three tunnels for traffic going both ways. If they need to repair one, the move traffic to the spare one while work is going on. Sleek trains, going up to 185 miles per hour (not sure the kilometer/hour google it if you need to know) get you ... read more
St. P:ancras Station, at 5:30 in the morning.
The crowd picks up as we get closer to 6:00.
Waiting for boarding.

Europe » France May 14th 2019

Today we went up to Lastours - there are four ruined towers of castles 300M above sea level - we took the easy route and the views were terrific. After sandwiches for lunch we walked alongside the Canal du Midi and watched as a cruiser went through the locks. All done by electric motors! The crew were Australian !!!!! G’day !!!!!!... read more
View from our viewpoint at Belvedere
The best view !
Better than Corfe Castle ???

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 13th 2019

Today we visited La Cite de Carcassonne. We were last here 5 years ago. Enjoyed lunch French style in the square - salade! The Cite is the largest and best conserved medieval fortress in Europe. Double walled and the beautiful basilica of St Nazaire. The stained glass are considered the best in the south of France. The ramparts are spectacular and give superb views of the surrounding countryside. Very warm and clear blue skies - the first this trip !!!!!!... read more
Lunch
The square
St Nazaire

Europe » France » Aquitaine » Bordeaux May 12th 2019

From the Wine Cellar Insider: Bordeaux wine gains its unique character and flavor profile from a combination of the grapes planted in the vineyards, the terroir and soil of Bordeaux, climate and the choices made by the wine maker. But it all starts in the vineyard with Bordeaux wine grapes. First off, it’s important to note that a large part of what makes Bordeaux wine great, is that 99% of all the top wines are produced from blends of different url=https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/wine-topics/wine-educational-questions/grapes-for-wine-making-flavor-characteristics-explained grape varieties. Even though the Bordeaux wine being made today bears little resemblance to the wines produced in the region when the url=https://www.thewinecellarinsider.com/bordeaux-... read more
Recognize the names??
Affordable or not?




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