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Aug 22, 2017 - Day 2 GR10. Barèges to Lac de L'Oule. A toughie!!

Day's Overview Big day 4 mountain passes Very rough conditions Seriously steep climbing and descending. Especially at end. 1 hr of almost vertical descent Several boulder fields during day (hate them ) Nothing flat. Or if flat very rocky Magnificent scenery Filled water from mountain lakes twice as had almost run out Path closed to Refuge at end!!! Rather than go around ANOTHER lake (at least another km or 2) we went through barriers with some french guys and made it to Refuge at 19:05. Dinner served at 1900 but they allowed us to join....

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Aug 21, 2017 - Day1 GR10. Luz St Sauveur to Barèges

Day's Overview Set off on time and followed the planned trail. Unfortunately it was closed at the edge of the forest with a sign saying to take an alternative route from the centre of Luz St Sauveur. So around we turned and started again. Double checked with tourist office and set off again having lost an hour! Luckily our GPS allowed us the follow the new route. Only took another couple of wrong turns but corrected them quite quickly. Stopped at a lovely mountain cafe for an icecream and fresh lemon drink. Picnic lunch further on...

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Aug 19, 2017 - Pyrenees here I come, via 4 trains and a bus!

Travelling all day from Switzerland I finally arrive at Luz St Sauveur. The Mecca for cyclists who want to ride Col du Tourmalet, and various other famous mountain passes in the vicinity. Helen was waiting in the sun in the square outside our gîte, to greet me. Checked in and went for a bit of a walk around before dinner. The owner of the gîte remembered us from last time and was delighted to see us again with a warm welcome. A French guy and his son were assigned to our room. Both here for mountaineering. Their guide joined us for dinner...

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Jun 11, 2017 - Millau

Day 24 - Sun 11 Jun 17 The view of the golf course from our balcony as the sun rose was lovey, especially as the temperature was comfortable and the air very still. We did not have breakfast at the hotel but drove into town for a bun and coffee. We were not successful with the coffee in Cap d'Agde or at Macca's in Agde and continued our drive to today's objective the Millau Viaduct. The 120 km drive was impressive especially passing through the Pyrenees to the high ground at 800m. The surround mountains were rocky, steep and well wooded....

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May 26, 2017 - Lourdes

Day 8 - Fri 26 May 17 After checking out of our hotel, we walked to the St Jean car park to rescue the car. On the way we returned to my coffee shop of yesterday,next to the car park entry, for a coffee and croissant each. I drew money while we awaited the coffee. As we had left our cases at the hotel, we picked them up as we left the city. Driving over rising street bollards added a little excitement to our departure for the 177km drive to Lourdes. Our first task was to re-fuel which also added some excitement when the automatic petrol...

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May 25, 2017 - Toulouse

Day 7 Thu 25 May 17 The forecast for today is a high 31 degree C and shorts are the order of dress. I showered and walked to the car park to recover my camera and to check on the car. On the return trip, while waiting for Kaye to complete dressing, I stopped briefly for a coffee and croissant. Our day in Toulouse is limited to discovering the attractions of the city centre area, but the first task was to find a Boulangerie for Kaye to have a sandwich and coffee. This task was more difficult than realised and we wandered the area around our...

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May 24, 2017 - Toulouse

Day 6 - Wed 24 May 17 Our departure for Albi and Toulouse was timed on our breakfast timing of 0830 hrs. As a consequence it was not until 0950 hrs after another pleasant breakfast, discussion with Eric and Jeanette and the settling of the account that we got away. We elected the scenic route and soon cleared Carcassonne for the slow, winding route to Albi. Once again the rich green country side and forested areas gave us great satisfaction and after a brief stop to photograph a row of plane trees, we made Albi by 1150 hrs. The city was...

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May 21, 2017 - Foix

Day 3 - Sun 21 May 17 We awoke later than expected at 0830 hrs and immediately accepted it would be 1000 hrs before we would get away from the hotel. We both felt rested and our departure went well until we couldn't find where we had left the car. 10 mins later, re- tracing our steps from the car park exit, we found our little white VW Golf. We have become accustomed to a stressful start in a foreign country and today nothing was different adjusting to the left hand drive , stowing our bags and setting up the GPS. However, it was not long...

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Sep 6, 2016 - Languedoc and Dordogne

September 5-6 Heading to Languedoc and the Dordogne Monday was a driving day, as I left Provence and headed west (after a visit to a pharmacy to get some nasal spray for a little head cold). I entrusted my way to the GPS, with a mid-course map confirmation. I think I could have turned west sooner, but I followed my guide, and got to drive by the old city walls of Avignon, which was unexpected. I visited Avignon on a previous trip about 15 years ago to see the Palace of the Popes (from when they were here instead of Rome), and the old bridge...

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France Road Trip Two

Aug 4, 2016 - Lourdes and two chiming clocks

Today we headed for Lourdes which is a town in the Midi-Pyrénées region of southwest France, not too far from Spain. It is a major Catholic pilgrimage site and yes there were lots of people visiting the day we were there. It was an overcast gloomy day and there were was a constant procession of nuns and nurses wheeling wheelchair bound pilgrims around. There were lots of services going on. Inside the main church, mass was in Italian. Outside near the grotto, mass was in Spanish. Lourdes was were back in 1858 a shepherd girl, Bernadette...

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May 23, 2016 - In the hills again - Tourrettes-sur-Loup not a good name really TOURRETTES

170 km/h winds last night in the mountains near us. Just a little windy at the beach and as we didn't know about the windy mountains off we went. Steep grandure. Although windy another pleasant day enjoying the delights of the hinterland. Again lots of history and in one village no cars. The streets are still the same from medieval times and will not fit cars. No idea how they get deliveries to their houses. We look so local a French couple asked us directions! All done, no worries.At lunch in a typical Provencial cafe I asked the waitress...

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Aug 3, 2015 - A well-earned rest day...

So this is it, another trek completed and all that remains is the final early flight from Toulouse. Yesterday was a day of relaxation and recovery before we enjoyed our celebration meal yesterday evening. Ax-les-Thermes had quite an interesting air and quite a few of the group, myself included for a while, sat outside a bar in the main market square with rows of chairs set up outside the town hall opposite. A small group of us got a table and through the course of the afternoon we had a kind of musical chairs going as pretty much all the...

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