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May 27, 2015 - Exploring the Vezere valley

Our walking tour in the Limousin was completed with one fabulous day when we descended from our village fortress perch of Loubrassac and completed a loop of the ancient village of Autoire. This involved some wonderful scenery and surfaces including the ancient stone path on which we made our descent, the leaf littered stream side walk through the valley and the spectacular hill climb which culminated in a track winding under the cliff tops to an iron staircase for the final steep ascent. Then viola ! From the top the whole walk unfolded...

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May 18, 2015 - Windmills, Gorges and Medieval Towns

This week has been filled with bike rides, more medieval towns, a fun lunch out with the locals and a hike to some ancient windmills. We shared a wonderful bike ride from our camp at Laurens to the neighbouring village of Faugeres, where we hiked to the top of a hill to see a wonderfully restored ancient windmill with 360 degree views over the vineyards and hills, followed by a fun-filled lunch with the locals at the Bel Air Café. Unfortunately, the service station selling the “best wine around – ask for the back room” has closed. Still no...

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Oct 22, 2014 - A week in the Tarn

Exploring this area has been such fun. Our house is wonderful and we have visited small villages such as Laguepie, Monesties, Cordes-sur-Ciel (a bastide rising above the village), city of Albi and the Toulouse-Lautrec museum and incredible cathedrale of red brick. Najac was particularly awesome - again, another "plus beaux village" and plus beaux (most beautiful) it was. Sitting on a narrow ridge above a bend in the Aveyron River. What fun it was to stroll along the narrow streets and climb into the medieval chateau. We also visited St...

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Oct 21, 2014 - Off to the Tarn

It felt really funny to leave the Dordogne today. Packed up early and got out as we wanted to make a few stops along the way as we head off to the Midi-Pyrenees and our new home for a week (our third home exchange). Our last cave visit took us to Perl Mech, another incredible cave with prehistoric drawings and an unexplainable grandeur. Very impressive. We next stopped at St-Cirque-Lapopie, another "plus beaux villages" de France. We really need to make a list of all the ones we've been through, and this one was a delight as well, perched...

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Oct 15, 2014 - Life without Mighty Mouse

Sorry for the lack of photos; I'll have to wait a week before I am allowed to post more on this site. Mary, Dave, Heidi, and Juan left today (Wed, 15th) to go home and it is eerily quiet. Bob and Kerwin took them to an early train from Perigueux, and we had a quiet morning catching up on blogs, pictures, sleeping, etc. This afternoon, we went to the nearby town of Sorges, famous for it's truffle museum, which we dutifully visited and then took the "Sentier des Truffieres" (Truffle walk), which led us through the truffle forests and a few...

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Sep 5, 2014 - Stage 8 Condom to Barcelonne du Gers 70k 5 September 2014

Stage 8 Condom to Aire-sur-l'Adour 70 Klm 5 September 2014 For today's ride the distance is 13k less than initially planned due to an absence of sufficient accommodation in Geaune. Petit dejeneur - Ancien Carmel Corn flakes Bread & zucchini jam Coffee The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 25e. Gets cheaper the further west we go! The weather 10 and overcast to 27 possibility of rain The vineyard ride Beautiful day makes for fast riding to Montreal where it's market day in the town square. Beautiful mossaic tiles from a local Roman villa. This...

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Sep 4, 2014 - Stage 7 Moissac to Condom 81k thu 4 September 2014

Stage 7 Moissac to Condom 81k 4 September 2014 Petit dejeneur Muesli Toast, butter & jam Whilst Pauline uses her gluten free bread for toast and is envious of the guys with their yummy french bread! Orange juice & coffee Pilgrim company! The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 32.7e The weather 10 to 30 a fantastic day The ride - crisp morning, apple orchards, the river Garonne & fine friends The ride out of Moissac is just stunning. Orchard after orchard until we could resist it no more - the illicit apple tastes best. We stop at St Nicholas...

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Sep 3, 2014 - Stage 6 Cahors to Moissac 61k 3 September 2014

Stage 6 Cahors to Moissac 61k 3 September 2014 Spent the previous day in Cahors resting, washing and maintenance. Lunch yesterday consisted of goodies from Cahors permanent market. dinner for the past 2 nights was at the same very welcoming restaurant. The food and particularly the accompanying sauces and wine just fabulous. Petit dejeneur - Cahors Pulled out all stops for this mornings breakfast The price Dinner & breakfast 38e per person for 2 nights The weather 8 to 30 The ride Out of Cahors was cold and unexciting as it took us thru...

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Sep 1, 2014 - Stage 5 Marcilhac-sur-Cele to Cahors 65 Klm

Stage 5 Marcilhac-sur-Cele to Cahors 65 Klm 1 September 2014 Petit dejeneur - Gite St Pierre Corn flakes Day old bread (bakery closed on Mondays) Salted or unsalted butter Selection of jams Coffee & tea The price Dinner bed & breakfast 34e The weather 14 - 27 fog in the morning, hot in the afternoon The ride - Vallee du Cele et Lot Everyone now super fit and not worried by the windy conditions. Magnificent river riding initially in the fog. We traversed several tunnels on our way to St Cirq La Popie, yet another grand French site for a...

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Aug 31, 2014 - Stage 4 Conques to Marcilhac-sur-Cele 78klm

Stage 4 Conques to Marcilhac-sur-Cele 78klm 31 August 2014 Petit dejeneur - the Abbey Conques Yogurt Corn flakes Chunky bread & jam (for some of the group!) The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 29.20e plus 80c donation The weather Started in fog and for the next 30 Klm. By Figeac the sun had e merged for a comfortable. 22- 27 The pennance Carrying panniers in plastic bag up and down the stone spiral stairs (Abbey) The ride - Vallee du Lot Gently undulating by the river before a climb to Montredon. The ride is fast and by midday we reached the...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Stage 3 Nasbinals to Conques (Konka) 100km

Stage 3 Nasbinals to Conques (Konka) 100km 30 August 2014 Petit dejeneur - Equestrian centre Nasbinals Corn flakes Yogurt Toast with jam The price Dinner, bed & breakfast 36e The weather The forecast for the ride to Conques is partly sunny & nice, a top of 23 The problems None The celebrations Pauline's birthday The ride - cow bells & ski fields Immediately out Nasbinals we encounter the col d'aubrac an 8klm climb to the station of Aubrac. The climb from the 1180m mark to the top at 1340m is amazingly easy. We end up above the cloud line....

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Aug 14, 2014 - Exploring Rocamadour

This morning we did the usual breakfast thing, at the hotel restaurant. The only significant difference to the cuisine was the lovely Rocamadour goat cheese they had, mmmm yum! We did the usual trick of packing our bags in the car so we could have a quick getaway when we were finished touring. We started off heading down the main (and really only) street. We wanted to scope out how to get the car out of the town, particularly since we'd be doing it in the middle of the day. We walked past a few souvenir shops, and quite a few restaurants...

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