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Oct 3, 2013 - Up, up and away

02 Oct - We had a great day today with a long hike through the neighbouring village of Tourrettes and across the countryside to the hilltop village of Callian. Every village in this area is perched on a hilltop so it means much climbing and descending as you make your way along. As you may know hills are not Donna’s favorite thing - in fact right about now they rank up there with mornings. Truth be told, it was a very picturesque hike and we celebrated our arrival in Callian with a yummy pizza at the very busy café. Our 2 PM bus never...

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Jul 22, 2013 - Albi

Ya estamos en los últimos cartuchos y por ello, tenemos que aprovecharlos al máximo. Esta mañana hemos salido del hotel sin tener claro el destino ya que aunque teníamos previsto ir a Albi por la mañana y llegar a Toulouse para la tarde, la información que recogimos ayer sobre la zona del Aveyron nos ha tentado tanto como para poner en peligro la planificación. Finalmente hemos decidido seguir según lo previsto y apuntar para otra Rodez, Najac, Rocamadour,.... Esta vez hemos cogido carretera en lugar de pasar por el viaducto, así que ha...

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Julio en Provenza

Jul 22, 2013 - De nuevo en Toulouse. Comienza la vuelta

Hoy hemos estado en la Ciudad del Espacio, un parque temático aquí, en Toulouse, centrado en el espacio (desde naves espaciales, hasta astronomía y el origen del universo). Del estilo de Futuroscope. Lo que más nos ha gustado han sido,precisamente, las proyecciones en 3D y en pantallas esféricas, que conseguían también buenos efectos tridimensionales. Además hemos visto equipamiento del que usan los astronautas, una réplica de algunos trasbordadores espaciales,las mujeres que han participado en viajes espaciales (un 10%, rondando los 57) y...

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Julio en Provenza

Jul 20, 2013 - Roquefort-Sur-Soulzon, Millau

El día de hoy ha sido intenso. Hemos tenido un largo viaje (más de 400 km), con una circulación muy densa y espectaculares atascos según nos acercábamos a peajes. Esto ha hecho que, en lugar de viajar durante 4 horas hayamos estado más de 6 horas en el coche. Hemos vuelto por la misma autopista por la que nos dirigimos a la ida hasta Montpellier y luego hemos ido hacia el norte porque nuestros objetivos para hoy estaban en Larzac: Roquefort-Sur-Soulzon (para ver la fabricación del queso de Roquefort) y un viaducto imponente que ha diseñado...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Hasta Toulouse

La llegada al hotel Le Clocher de Rodez ha sido fácil (gracias al tomtom,jeje). Es la zona de la Plaza Juana de Arco y está muy bien comunicada con metro y autobuses. Contamos también con parking frente al hotel. Estamos a pocos pasos de la zona centro de Toulouse: el ayuntamiento y la catedral de San Saturnino están a dos pasos. Para llegar vamos paseando por un ancho boulevard peatonal plagado de tiendas ya cerradas a estas horas. A penas se ve gente por esta calle aunque la temperatura es muy agradabele e incita al paseo, y además, las...

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Julio en Provenza

May 25, 2013 - Millau Viaduct and Sévérac-le-Château

Today we rose early to load the car and straighten up the gite then headed east toward Narbonne then north on the A75 towards Clermont-Ferrand where we would spend the night. Our route took us across the Millau Viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world completed in 2004 with its highest tower measuring 1,118 feet. The Millau Viaduct is a harp-type cable-stayed bridge that spans the Tarn River. It's seven towers support a deck 2460 meters long, making it also the longest cable-stayed suspended deck in the world. It is a beautiful pristine...

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May 23, 2013 - Puivert and Foix

Today our plan was to drive up to Puivert, a little village of 500 people about 39 km from where we are staying near Carcasonne to visit their museum that is said to have an excellent exhibit of medieval musical instruments. Then we planned to drive on to the Grotte de Niaux, one of the last remaining limestone caves containing prehistoric art that is still open to the public. We planned to finish the day exploring the well preserved castle in Foix. We found the Musee de Quercorb and its instrumentarium in Puivert to be really interesting...

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Apr 24, 2013 - Navy in Toulouse

Dear Mr Boutin, Max and all classmates Just a quick note and photos from my “flying” visit to Toulouse last week. Toulouse is a ville in the sud-ouest de France which is the home of the Airbus passenger avion. Airbus avion parts are made en France, Allemagne, Royaume-Uni and Espagne but are then are transported for final assembly to the Airbus assembly lines in Toulouse, Hamburg (Allemagne) and Tianjin (la Chine) – the HQ is in Toulouse though. I went on a tour of the final assembly line for Airbus’s new avion, the A350, which is scheduled...

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Jan 8, 2013 - Back Again

I arrived back to a crisp and wintery Toulouse yesterday afternoon with aching back and shoulders from hauling over 30Kg of luggage through different buses, trains, airports and streets. After arriving at my flat I went shopping to pick up some essentials. The queues at the supermarket where so long that people filled the aisles and almost reached the back of the shop. With not much more than butter and a packet of vacuum packed beetroot in my fridge I was forced to join a line. After almost an hour of waiting I reached the lady behind the...

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Nothing Toulouse

Nov 18, 2012 - Cultural Differences

Salut à tous! I’m going to write a bit about the French culture (these are generalisations of course!): Everyone knows that the French like to kiss (or rather, to make kissing noises whilst touching cheeks). But did you know that hugging is a huge no-no? In fact, it’s a gesture reserved for comforting someone who is mourning! Companies are more employee orientated than customer/client orientated. France, as a very bureaucratic country has MANY laws in place to protect employees. I have definitely noticed this attitude in shops etc. I have...

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Nothing Toulouse

Oct 13, 2012 - France en Velo

Dear Family and Friends, To blog or not to blog, where does the adventure morph into the ordinary? Cycling through France from St. Malo on the Atlantic to Sete on the Mediterranean and back to Toulouse through the Cevennes and Gorge du Tarn was not “ordinaire” enough for us to stop writing a blog, so here is our experience of the last six weeks. We had never toured together cycling and we had no idea what it would feel like to leave our homely tent and stove behind placing our living quarters and nutritional needs in the hands of the...

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Chirpy Ventures

Oct 7, 2012 - The Pink City is Turning Orange

Some more babble from Marianne (apparently a nickname for France). Things are getting busy and days at Uni are long, but it’s good to be kept active. Commuting to Uni takes about an hour each way, consisting of a walk, metro ride and bus trip. The metro system here is excellent; just 2 lines that make an X shape across the city. Platforms are glass fronted and the trains are driverless. This all works very nicely until you are stuck underground in a broken down train, not able to understand the French overhead announcements (this happened...

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Nothing Toulouse

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