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August 31, 2016

A trip south – Romans, Flamingos and Popes

Filed under: Places — Tags: , , — Mary @ 21:25

We’ve just returned from a lovely weekend in Narbonne. Narbonne is on the Mediterranean an hour from the Spanish border. It’s an interesting town with lots of Roman history, canals and great markets. When we arrived it was jam packed with families who had come for a music festival. On Friday we braved the crush to catch a glimpse of Fréro Delavego, famous for being on The Voice. The following night we stayed at home and just listened from the comfort of our beds to Gilbert Montagné, a blind chap singing songs that even we knew .

Saturday afternoon we visited the Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress not far from Narbonne. In 1849 it was nearly demolished by the French government but a wave of protest saved it and in 1853 it was restored by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc.

The walls of the fortified city of Carcassonne

It’s very impressive with two outer walls and 53 towers built over quite a long period. One section is Roman, notably different from the medieval walls with its red brick layers. One of the towers housed the Holy Inquisition, much feared in the 13th century.

 

Anne Marie and me in Carcassonne

Otherwise much of our time in Narbonne was spent on the beach, the sea being rather a novelty to us now that we live so far away from it.

Enjoying lunch on Narbonne Plage

On leaving Narbonne we went east to the Camargue, a vast empty area of reed beds and marshes. It was not quite as expected as the only white horses we saw were coralled and waiting patiently to go out trekking. However we did manage to see some flamingos.

Flamingos…

…and more flamingos

The Camargue is also renowned for its fierce mosquitos but luckily we got away largely unscathed.

Then on to Avignon -

 

Avignon- Palais des Papes

and some lovely gardens

Many tourists visit Avignon to see the Palais des Papes and the ubiquitous Church of Notre Dame. And of course the Pont d’Avignon.  We found a lovely campsite just opposite the bridge and a free ferry took us back and forth over the river.

Ferry across the Rhône

Le Pont d’Avignon

and as seen from our campsite

We’ll go to Avignon another time outwith the holiday period. We would like to see Orange and Arles, and Chris has always had the ambition to cycle Mont Ventoux. I will opt for following in the car!

 

August 19, 2016

Highlights of August

Filed under: People — Tags: , , — Mary @ 16:39

I’m well behind with blogs so here are a few photos to remind myself what we did in the first half of August.

We had a busy time with the family who came from Glasgow by train to spend ten days with us. Chris was surprised how much the girls had grown since he saw them last August.

Maggie & Jo watching the working horses in Cluny

Enjoying snorkling in our pool

and swimming at the pool in Cluny

Sharing ponies with our neighbours’ girls

Open day at the goat farm

At the escalade near Cormatin

and climbing at Lugny Acro

Having a pottery lesson in Chazelle

We didn’t have time to do everything we wanted but there is always next year to look forward to. 

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