2012 Driving Europe travel blog

Snow capped Pyrenees in background

road side stop

narrow tunnel

village stop


Today we talk the back roads through the midi Pyrenees, the roads were narrow, winding and hilly but the view was wonderful. There were a lot of cyclists pedaling up and down the mountains. These guys must be fit. We had stopped by the side of the road for a bit of sight seeing. The road was particularly steep here and two riders came up the hill just chatting as if they were going for a walk in the park.

At one stage, we had a choice of two roads, we obviously took the less travelled one and ended up going through some very old one lane tunnels.

At the end of the day stopped at a place called Mane, the hotel was open but nothing else. We were wondering if it was just the time of afternoon when everything closes, but I checked on the internet and realised it was a public holiday today - Ascension Thursday. In the afternoon we drove to the next town a few kilometes away, but everything was closed there as well.

The hotel was our only option for dinner, so we had one of there set menus which turned out pretty good. Not much english spoken here, and my french is certainly not as good as my spanish, so some interesting conversations take place. The entree was an interesting mix of a slice of salami, three prawns, stuffed half of tomato, stuffed half of an egg, and a slice of rock melon. Vicki had duck and I had veal for the mains served with pasta and beans, and for desert Vicki had creme caramel and I had lemon tart. All accompanied by some red wine of course. Quite a good meal.

One of the Tour de France riding teams G.S.C. Blagnac was also staying at the hotel.

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