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Sep 8, 2019 - Day 9 Cahors to Prayssac

Highlights - did a bit of exploring around Cahors before breakfast in a little bar ( which ended with a fist fight between 2 patrons at 11am - we left soon after!) - mostly quiet roads again today - passed many walnut orchards and vineyards - Eventually stopped for lunch at a picnic table beside the river around 3pm!! - Had a challenge finding our B&B in Prayssac as the old lady owner insisted on giving loose directions rather than a street name and house number. But eventually found her and it was a lovely spacious accommodation with our...

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Sep 7, 2019 - Day 8 Transfer to Cahors

Highlights - An early start and we zoomed the 4.5kms to the car rental place in no time. No traffic at 8am Sat in the centre of the city. Yippee! - Collected car. Loaded bikes and off we drove to Brive-Le-Gaillard - Trip was 4.5hrs, mostly on autoroutes (freeways ) including a lunch stop at a reasonable services centre). - Did the last bit of the trip on the small back roads which were lovely but better on a bike than a car - Dropped the car off and rode to station to catch train. - We (Tom) did our good deed for the day and helped an...

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Jul 6, 2019 - Toulouse and Albi

Bonjour mes amis, We hope you are safe and happy. We are too, but we are over his heatwave. Enough said! We have been in southwest France in Toulouse, heading to the Spanish border. It is the so called "pink city" because of the colour of many brick buildings but we think the title is a bit of a stretch. We had some very good meals in Toulouse such as a warm goats cheese salad in a local bistrot and delicious pasta in an elegant, old world restaurant in Capitole Square. Lorri had her first sangria (she calls it granita,) and loved it. She...

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Jude's 2019

Sep 24, 2018 - Hiking in the Pyrenees - it just doesn’t get much better than this!

Ahh well, of course I could’ve been kayaking down the Dordogne or cycling in the Loire Valley, but hey, this really was another best day. This is just how I wanted to spend my time in Europe this time, seeing less popular places and in activities involving the local environment. I have not been disappointed. This morning as I set off for my early morning walk through this delightful little ski resort type village (one Main Street and that’s about it) apart from being a bit lonely, it was raining. Not a good omen considering how much I had...

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Sep 23, 2018 - Luchon in the Pyrenees - think Tour de France

Bordeaux second time around was just as good as my first time. I loved the city, enjoyed the vibes, many churches, river walks and beautiful buildings. On my last morning I came across a sports centre beside the river where there was an outdoor library on sporting books. I found a French children’s book on rugby which was hilarious, I was enjoying myself so much that the organisers insisted I get comfortable in one of their hammocks and really have a good read. Funny thing is, I haven’t really experienced the quirky French sense of humour...

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Jul 2, 2018 - Tallest bridge in the world!

The highlight today was crossing the tallest bridge in the world. The magnificent Millau Viaduct. Very intimidating as we approached, the main mast is 343 meters above the ground. The bridge is over 2.5 Klm in length. Great excitement in the car as we crossed over this wide valley in the south of France. Earlier in the day we had spent more time in the beautiful village of Saint Cirq Lapopie. We got there early to avoid the heat and the crowds before setting off on our next step. We are now in La Cavalerie which for some time was the base...

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Jul 1, 2018 - Lot Valley

Today was a short drive to the caves at Pech Merle. These are caves in their original condition which are well looked after with limited number of visitors each day. Luckily we had booked our visit before leaving Australia. The guided tour was good but unfortunately in French. It was wonderful to see art work from 25,000 years ago in its original site and condition. After leaving Pech Merle we had a short drive to Saint Cirq Lapopie which is another medieval town perched on the hillside. The views looking down into the Lot Valley are...

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Jun 30, 2018 - Mid Pyrenees

The further we travel south, the hotter it gets. Today we are in Rocamadour and the forecast for today is 35 degrees. We arrived yesterday afternoon after stopping at Lascaux for a guided tour (in English) of a very impressive and accurate reproduced cave containing the replicas of artwork believed to be 20,000 years old. It was a fascinating tour. There are many caves in the area containing art of this age but many of the original caves are now closed off to tourism to protect the art. We are here in Rocamadour for a couple of days and...

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Jun 7, 2018 - Toronto to Toulouse (TO to TO)

Wednesday and Thursday, June 6 and 7, 2018 Our trip is starting! We leave the house at 2pm for the airport and arrive at the airport at 3:30pm. We go through the automated process of getting our boarding passes and luggage tags for the flight Toronto - Montreal and then Montreal – Toulouse. After that we drop off our suitcases at an “automated” station where we put the suitcases on a belt and scan our boarding pass. The machine matches the luggage tag and the boarding pass together and the suitcase is gone! The only time we stand in line is...

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May 14, 2018 - Lüneburg

We decided that if we were ever going to get to Berlin, this was the perfect time since John and Irene would be there before heading home – and we were between visitors! Berlin is about 500 km from Hooksiel so given the speed we go in the motor home plus the inevitable construction delays on the autobahns, we opted to overnight in Lüneburg. We tried to visit this town last Fall but for several reasons, were only able to be there for 30 minutes! We found a camping spot (literally a “spot” as it was in a big parking lot with no services)...

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Apr 29, 2018 - Trip through France with Irene and John

We were also thrilled to meet John and Irene who flew in to Frankfurt from Edmonton then took the train to Bremen. They arrived early enough for us to take them on a tour of that beautiful city and though the narrow streets of the Schnoor district. After that long journey for them, I think they really appreciated a good, icy cold German beer at one of the sidewalk cafes before we drove back to introduce to our “life in Hooksiel” for a few days. Then we packed up the car, and a cooler, for a trip down through Germany and then across to...

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Sep 28, 2017 - We are done! Last mooring.

Thurs. 9/28/17 4 locks, 14 km. Overcast until about 11 am. Best lunch yet; Joe & Doris shared a gigantic hamburger, Rand & Kathy had squid and salad (see pics if wifi is working). Also a perfect mooring, wait for video after we are home. We checked in to final mooring a day early, tomorrow we walk to Mediterranean beach.

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