Category: France, 2009

Heading for the south-east of France

Highs and Lows

A British registered camper van arrived yesterday evening and set-up a couple of pitches away from us. It turned out to be owned and driven by a pair of Australians, David and Kay. The van (Bessie) lived in the north

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Live and Learn

Carol found a leaflet of balades (walks, outings) in the information room on our campsite. One, a route for walkers or cyclists along an old dismantled railway between Mirepoix and Lavalanet, grabbed our interest so we loaded the bikes on

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Weather Watch

We’d been invited up to the farm house yesterday evening for wine and homemade pate, and very good it was, too. Luc now has publicly accessible Wi-Fi which I wanted to put through its paces so I spent much of

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Luc’s Long Walk

Another sunny day dawned and it looked as though things could get quite warm later so we set out fairly early on farmer Luc’s longer walk before, about 10mls/16kms, before things got uncomfortably warm for walking uphill. When I say

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Luc’s Short Walk

The day started well in that the sun had returned. Wednesday is market day in nearby Bram and, being a pleasantly sized market, not too big not too small, we decided to do some shopping for supplies there. The meat

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The dark clouds under which we had driven yesterday eventually produced a considerable amount of heavy overnight rain. At some small hour of the morning it finally ceased and I got to sleep. The morning dawned still very murky so,

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Hasty Departure

Having originally intended to stay near Marseillan for another day, this morning a set of four rather gabbly neighbours combined with an incessantly barking dog encouraged us to call it a day, we’d been here six days after all, and

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Oyster Festival

First thing this morning we bad our fond farewells to Steve and Rosemary who were up à bonne heure packing their camping gear ready for their drive north to Arçais. They are spending the following week in a gîte belonging

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Birthday Lunch

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday dear Carol, Happy birthday to you. Yes, ‘t was Carol’s birthday and one of the main reasons for our heading this way at this time was to have a birthday

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Communal Cassoulet

The thunder storms that our old copy of Aujourd’hui seemed to have suggested we might get yesterday turned up overnight. We battened down the hatches and had a somewhat disturbed night’s sleep listening to occasional claps of thunder accompanying the

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