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Nov 21, 2018 - Palavas-les-Flots

It was a very wet start for our last few hours drive in Spain but that did not deter us from visiting one more ancient town in Catalonia. Besalu was a really small but very interesting town with one of the best stone bridges we had seen to date. With records dating it to 1075 it had been lucky to survive a number of violent incidents including heavy bombing during the 1939 Cil War. A short walk around the centre area was finished with coffee to warm up. The first obstacle in the later morning's drive was road flooding caused by the...

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Aug 30, 2018 - The last summit, looking back on the Cevennes

Aug.30/18 We awake in our tower in the Chateau and take the usual breakfast of fresh baguette, homemade confitures, coffee and warm milk in a big bowl in the big stone walled dining room. The proprietor is a lovely mannered Rowan Atkinson lookalike who greeted our arrival yesterday with "asseyez-vous" and aperitifs in the courtyard, and gentle, patient French chatter with me. This morning he strikes us as somewhat mournful- he says he is selling the Chateau as his life is changing, and we wonder if perhaps the change was not a good...

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Aug 28, 2018 - Chateau in the woods

Aug. 28/18 Today is meant to be a shorter walk- or at least that is what we tell each other in order to convince ourselves to put on our hiking boots in the morning. It's actually still a 25 km walk, but the bulk of it is along a wonderful scenic flat trail along a now -defunct railway line following the Mimette River. It winds along wedged between the river gorges and the craggy ridges of the Casses plateau above us and is quite a gorgeous route, similar country I think to the Kettle Valley Railway trail. This trail is flanked at beginning...

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Aug 27, 2018 - Chaos, Heather fields and Lost in Translation

Aug. 27/18 After another delightful meal at breakfast around the big farmhouse table with our hosts in Finiel, Jacqueline drives us down the hill to our starting point today in Le Pont de Montvert. This is pretty little town along the Tarn river, lit up picturesquely in the morning sun, and a perfect spot to hit the boulangerie for today's picnic. It was the sight of the start of the war of the Camisards in 1702 - we've learned that this was a vicious conflict started after laws were enacted outlawing Protestantism in France and the...

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Aug 26, 2018 - Mont Lozere.. a good day to walk over a mountain

Aug.26/18 SUCH a good day! Started out with a visit to the artisane boulangerie-patisserie in Le Bleymard where the whole town appears to get their baguettes, brioches and pastries early. Then a long walk in fresh,cool glorious sunny weather up and up Mont Lozere, first we hit the small Station du Ski where we are in luck -they are holding a Fete Des Fermes, or agricultural fair , with local farm produce on offer for tasting and purchasing, and what appeared to competitions in everything from plowing to dogs herding geese. When we leave...

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Aug 25, 2018 - Lozere...at the foothills of Les Cevennes

Aug. 25/18 Over the last 2 days we have walked through the towns of Chasserades, Mirandol and on to Le Bleymard in the Lozere region. The route to Chasserades was a short one, just 12 km, but straight uphill through forest to the high Plateau de la Gardille with views towards our destination, the Cevennes mountains. We arrive early in this little village with little to do but poke around a little, make our nest in the little hotel, hang laundry all over our room and terrace, read and nap! - very restful. This village, with it's 12th century...

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Jul 9, 2018 - Le Mans to Montpellier

After packing up the car we headed south towards Montpellier, starting by driving the wrong way through Tetre Rouge! We the. Continued south and drive over the magnificent Millau suspension bridge. We arrived in Montpellier and after checking into the hotel went for a wonder and ended up at and Irish Bar having a couple of pints of Murphys and some food.

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Trip Journal

Europe by Bentley

Jun 15, 2018 - Carcassonne

Drove to Carcassonne, a medieval village on a hill, that we have visited before. Walked from the aire up to castle, had a nosy around the old town and enjoyed cassoulet for dinner. castle, had a nosy around the old town and enjoyed cassoulet for dinner.

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Jun 15, 2018 - Beyond Bram to Castelnaudary

Friday, June 15, 2018 Beyond Bram to Castelnaudary This was the first day that we woke up last! Jill and Ollie went for a bike ride to get some croissants and pastries. Breakfast was after they came back. We are all aware that this is our last full day together. It seems strange that our journey on the boat is almost over. We left our mooring place at about 9am and did the first 6 single locks in less time that expected. No boats in front of us so we didn’t have to wait. Then we went through a triple lock (3 chambers) with Jill and Eke...

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Jun 14, 2018 - Villesequelande to beyond Bram

June 14, 2018 Villesequelande to beyond Bram Breakfast on the boat was simple because we didn’t have fresh pastries yet! After breakfast Ollie, Jill and Eke went for a bike ride into Villesquelande to pick up some supplies. We found the “new” grocery store at the edge of town and bought some fruit etc and of course some patisseries! Ollie got into a conversation with the woman behind the counter asking about what had happened to the small “old” grocery store in town. She told him that they had bought this property and are planning to open...

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Jun 13, 2018 - Carcassonne to Villesequelande

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Carcassone to Villesequelande We woke up to rain this morning. During breakfast – croissants and pastries this morning! – we discussed a change of plans because of the weather. We decided to postpone our (bus)trip to the citadel and castle to a later time in the morning. We all took it easy and read or played with our devices. Then it cleared up and Ollie suggested to take the “petite” train to the citadel at 10am. That appealed to all of us and we walked to the square where we boarded the “tiny train” – a tourist...

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Jun 12, 2018 - Carcassonne

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Carcassone We got up at 7:30am, got dressed and made breakfast: toasted baguette with some of the cherry jam and fig jam we bought yesterday. At 9 am we walked over to the train station across the street to meet Kate, our guide for the day. We drove to Olonzac where we visited the weekly market. The weather was nice and sunny and it was a pleasure to learn (from Kate and the vendors) about the different kinds of cheeses and sausages. We met a young woman from Northern Ontario, (whose husband was from Calgary) who was...

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