Travel

Periodically we get inspired to record some of the more memorable days of trips that we have made. They serve to remind us of the things that we have done, the places we have been to and the people we have met and if we do not record them we tend to forget great chunks of the times we have spent away.
For those viewing these diaries we hope you find them interesting but they are more likely to be of interest only to our family and friends.

Port Vendres to Mazamet

Posted:
May 11, 2014

Author:
Martin Fuggle

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On the way back to Mazamet we decided to stop at Rivesaltes to visit Cazes winery and have lunch at La Table D'Aimé. It was shut, so we continued onto Narbonne where we stopped for lunch near Les Halles. It was a beautiful building and the interior was full of stalls and places where a wine with a plate of charcuterie would have been very pleasant. Unfortunately it was getting late and was packed with Narbonnais who had the same idea as us. We left the indoor market and found a small, but very pleasant restaurant where we stopped for a meal. Outside of the restaurant a very well... + details

Port Vendres and Collioure

Posted:
May 9, 2014

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Martin Fuggle

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Our next door neighbours in Mazamet suggested that we should visit the coastal resorts of the Pays Catalan. We booked into a small apartment in Port Vendres using Airbnb for the first time. We were a little apprehensive, this being our first Airbnb experience, but the apartment was rather attractive with everything we needed. It was located a few steps from the harbour and the main street which was lined with restaurants on one side and the water just across the road. Cafe Les Templiers Port Vendres is a working port as well as being a tourist destination and it is just... + details

The start of El Camino de Santiago

Posted:
May 5, 2014

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Martin Fuggle

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The journey from Biarritz to Mazamet took in Cambo les Bains, St Jean Pied de Port and Oloron Sainte Marie. Quite a journey in one day. We stopped off at Cambo les Bains to see Villa Arnaga but unfortunately it was shut until later that afternoon, but we didn't have time to wait! So we drove through some of the most spectacular countryside to St Jean Pied de Port. The Pyrenees were constantly on our right hand side and there was still plenty of snow on the peaks. St Jean Pied de Port was a pretty town and the starting point for many who want to walk, or cycle, El Camino de Santiago or The... + details

Biarritz and St Jean de Luz

Posted:
May 4, 2014

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Martin Fuggle

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We stayed in Biarritz in a hotel that was just across from the beach so we were within walking distance of just about everything. Without any planning at all we always seem to be in the right place at the right time and this Sunday was no exception. On the first Sunday of every month there is a concert of Basque music, singing and dancing just across the road from our hotel. The atmosphere was wonderful. The sun was shining, the crowd were joining in and many were wearing some Basque scarves and berets. The Basque language is indescribable with letters in unpronounceable combinations which... + details

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