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Jul 28, 2015 - On the road again...

So it begins, another trip starts and if first appearances are to be believed then it will be an emotional journey into Spain. This morning was relatively relaxed as after breakfast, and it is only here that a continental breakfast really makes sense, we took a walk down to the Chemin de la Liberte museum which provided some interesting background to the trip (it may have been more useful if my schoolboy French meant that I understood more than 1 word out of 4 though). Having met back at the hotel we were given our packed lunches and half...

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Jul 27, 2015 - Petanque

So here we are again on the fun bit of these journals, the actual travelling. We arrived here in Saint Girons mid-afternoon after a long days travelling (and I can feel it trying to catch up with me). I left home at 11pm on Sunday, arriving at Heathrow at 4am and then slowly meeting others in the group as they arrived (identifying other each by the bright pink Discover Adventure luggage tags on our bags. The flight was a little interesting, firstly the push truck gave us a push away from the gate and then broke down. Not only did it break...

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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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