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Catalan culture in Collioure

August 28th, 2018
We are on the high speed train from Girona to Perpignan but have stopped at Figueres near the French border. Apparently the train driver has left the train and not returned. We are stranded and we wait an hour and then two hours and eventually a new driver arrives by taxi! The original driver was protesting about his work terms and conditions. In the meantime other passengers have long since left and caught a taxi to Perpignan airport to ensure they did not miss their flights. read more

The hidden gem of Girona

August 22nd, 2018
We arrive at our studio apartment in the Old Town of Girona within a stone's throw of the cathedral. The apartment is up a series of steep steps and entered from the street through a very narrow door using an access code. We find keys for the inside door underneath the door mat. There are two keys and we assume they are identical as the outside door is opened by using the access code. A fatal mistake. We go outside to explore the city and find something to eat. On our return we discover the key does not fit the inside door and we are locked out! read more

Escape to the Châteaux in the Dordogne & the Lot

February 22nd, 2018
It is autumn 2018 and it has been a wet and miserable summer in the UK. I do not think there has been one week when it has not rained. They say it has something to do with the 'Gulf Stream' not reaching as high as it normally does off the coast of England! What ever the reason it is a delight to escape and be touring the Châteaux of the Dordogne and the Lot in brilliant sunshine. read more

The mystery of Lot et Garonne & the Bastide towns

December 13th, 2017
The highest concentration of Bastide towns can be found in the French department Lot et Garonne in the region of Aquitaine in south west France. It is an area of undulating countryside which might be mistaken for parts of southern England except in France you have numerous vineyards, man made lakes and prune orchards. In the middle of this region is a little village St Maurice de Lestapel (population about 110 people). This is where I am staying whilst I explore the mystery of the Bastide towns. read more

Bergerac and the Dordogne

November 15th, 2017
It is September 2017 and it is supposed to be hot and dry but I am on a river trip on the Dordogne and it is pouring with rain. We are in the historical market town of Bergerac in the region of the Dordogne in France. Finally after about two hours the rain stops and we are able to explore the town in dry if not warm weather. It is in the middle of a thriving wine area and attracts visitors from all over the world. It is strange the town is called Bergerac and it is associated with the character Cyrano de Bergerac as it is rumoured he never lived there or visited the place. Perhaps it is what we call 'fake news today'. read more

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