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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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Aug 27, 2017 - Day 7 GR10 Rest Day Bagnères de Luchon

Day's Overview A lovely sleep in then a nice breakfast in the gîte. It's our rest day. The gîte owner Russel let us use his washing machine. Brilliant. We did a jigsaw puzzle whilst waiting for the washing. Then into town to watch the fete of flowers parade. We thought there would be flowers everywhere but instead all the parade floats were decorated with flowers. 1000s of them! The streets were packed and we had great enjoyment from the floats. Those on the floats threw flowers at the crowds and we threw them back at the floats! Stopped...

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Aug 26, 2017 - Day 6 GR10 Lac d'Oô to Bagnères de Luchon

Day's Overview We started a bit earlier as this was to be another long hard day, as per the guide book. Climbed constantly for the first 3 hours. Initially traversed up the mountain next to the lake and as we got higher the lake below slowly dropped out of sight. We passed the huge waterfall at the end of the lake and in the early morning light it looked like liquid silver. The path was rocky in places but generally long traverses with many switchbacks. Our strategy is to walk slowly on the climbs and moderately for everything else. We...

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May 19, 2006 - Adious Espania, bonjour France!

Crossed the border today - passed through a huge tunnel and the border was somwhere above us... No real fanfare (or even a border post) to let you know you have crossed over, just the road signs change language! Some boring stats: driven 2170 miles in Spain, mechanical failures on Harry so far: speedo cable (long live GPS units), losses: nil - so far remembered to bring everything back form the shower blocks!

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May 4, 2005 - Madrid and Andorra

Madrid and Andorra Well we've left the apartment just as it was getting warm and headed up North - are we MAD? We stay outside Madrid at a small town called Aranjuez, and travel in by train and get the 10.00 am train at only 5.20 euros return for a 40 min journey in a nice train (Scot Rail take note). But as we drew nearer Madrid the clouds thickened a little and it cooled down a bit. However in Madrid it felt OK and we walked over to the Reina Sofia Museum to look at Picasso's works - especially the Guernica painting depicting the Civil...

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