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post #71 of 106 (permalink) Old 07-10-2021, 08:35
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Eating out in Sarlat can be a bit boring - duck. duck and more duck (although I do like it). We did enjoy a trip to McDo for a change.
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Eating out in Sarlat can be a bit boring - duck. duck and more duck (although I do like it). We did enjoy a trip to McDo for a change.
Well, I went for the duck today - I thought it said coups de canard and would be some kind of stew. This is what I got! It was surprisingly tasty.

Given that it got really quite cold in Sarlat and I wasn't going to be able to meet up with Dave (Penquin - my fault!) I decided to hoof it south (well, that's relative !) So I'm now in Gaillac and what a lovely surprise. I did come by roads less travelled, taking the D46 and the D6 south of Sarlat - it was lovely. Lots of small green fields with no apparent way of making them profitable - no crops, or beasts....

I'm down under the ramparts of the Abbey overlooking the river Tarn. I got a map from the TO but its numbering was all over the place with no defined walk, made it much harder. I ended up replanning my own route. Really enjoyed it. They do have an emptying point elsewhere, below a parking area but not sure if you can park a MH.

Pic 4 is the hole in the wall of the hospital where babies could be left anonymously and the sisters would take them in from the other side - it's like a turntable. How sad is that?

My Dad would really have appreciated the work that went into the door in pic 5 - needs a fair bit of TLC tho!
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I'm still in awe of the interesting and varied places you come across Jean.

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Nice where you are but if you fancy a change there is a nice free lakeside aire that we stay at about 6 mile from you at L'ilse -sur -Tarn, short walk to medieval village ( nicest Spar shop ever), v short walk to good supermarket with washing machines and everything.
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Nice where you are but if you fancy a change there is a nice free lakeside aire that we stay at about 6 mile from you at L'ilse -sur -Tarn, short walk to medieval village ( nicest Spar shop ever), v short walk to good supermarket with washing machines and everything.
That does indeed look lovely Alan. It'll have to be another time tho - I drove down to Lautrec this morning. I've been before with hubby maybe 8 or 9yrs ago. Probably around the same time of year but it was cold, wet and the Café Plum where I currently am was just an empty forlorn space. Today it's vibrant n sunny - makes such a difference!

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What I normally do is put a destination in roughly the right direction into Google maps (set with no motorway) - for instance, this morning I put in Narbonne. I think it said it would take 3-4hrs so I look at the route n concentrate on an area about a quarter of the way. I check out aires in that region, using mostly Park4Night, and go from there. I don't micromanage the route (something has to give when you're travelling solo) - just let TT do its thing.

I must say I've found some really lovely wee places this way. And it's all very interesting, including the drive. Today there were lots of bigger fields which had been fairly deeply ploughed. I thought the current farming thinking was that that released way too much carbon into the atmosphere.

Also I saw one of those machines that cuts the hay n spits it into a lorry driving in tandem. Only this time the machine was stationary in the farm yard n seemed to be spitting it into an open cow shed. That would fairly please the farm children if they didn't have to spread all the straw on the ground!

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When I arrived here the barrier had an American lady to talk you through the options. I went thro it twice, each time my card tap failing. 3rd time I used the code. Success! I grabbed the ticket n hurried to get in the van, and heard her say Now press the button to open the barrier. But where was the button? I'm under, over, round... Nothing. Turns out it was a button on the screen but by the time I got back to the screen it had returned to home! Sometimes things can be just too high-tech!

Nice wee place with lots of historic buildings but the info from the TO simply points out which artisans where.

Internet very slow so I upload a couple of photos tomorrow.

Sat outside in shorts n sleeveless for a while. Then, in the space of a few seconds it was perishing!
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Yesterday was one of my less successful stops, at Bages, south of Narbonne. A couple of nice views across the lake but no interesting architecture and nowhere open for coffee or food. But I saw my 1st game of boules of the trip - and very serious too! You had to stand I side à hula hoop to take your shot!

I'm in Spain! Today's journey was the 1st time I've felt I was part of a migration south. I guess that's cos the roads are all concentrated into few passes over the Pyrenees - and boy, are they majestic! They looked incredibly black and foreboding for a long time ... and then they were in my rear view! Coming thro Le Pertus was an experience. Jam-packed with people buying goodness knows what in the border town - I was between 2 very big MHs each towing a car so that was interesting. La Jonquera on the Spanish side wasn't so busy. There was a border post but not manned.

Pont de Molins has à Nice area round the bridge, just down from the parking but the rest isn't exciting. I started a walk along the river and came across the sign in pic 6. I'd found my boar! Well, not exactly, and I didn't WANT to, so à quick walk back to the village!

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Pics 5-7 Pont de Molins
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I moved from Pont de Molins down to Blanes, one of our old stamping grounds when we 1st went away full-time. I always knew it was bigger than the bit we saw along the beach front n just behind, but this time it seemed absolutely HUGE! I picked up LPG on the way in - 74.9¢ - cheaper in France I think. There was diesel at 1.349 just outside La Jonquera but I saw it too late.

Had to get a German to help me park (I'm on the same site we used for more than a month all those years ago.) There are too many pine trees to trust my judgement. My card had a heart attack when I paid for 2 nights on a campsite!

I've enjoyed pottering round our old haunts tho I didn't search out the Chinese where we spent our 1st Christmas away from home!

And I realise I should have been practising Spanish for the last 3 weeks and not French! Still, as long as I can remember Una copa de vino tinto I'll be OK. Pic 3 - something got lost in translation here - I wanted just a café crema. And the cream wasn't just cream (not even MnS cream!) it was sweetened cream! Still, I couldn't let it go to waste!

Pic 2, old friends from 9yrs ago - they must be getting tired by now!
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I did enjoy my time in Blanes, lots of old lovely memories. Moved on today to Santa Susanna - but I've obviously got the wrong place! Nothing much of interest that I could see so, after a walk around and a sit in the park (with my own home-made coffee!) I looked up the internet n came up with a viticulturalist (is that the right term?) - he's an ecogically friendly wine grower.

So I'm here at the vineyards of Eudauld Massana near Sant Pau d'Ordal. Will have a look at the wines tomorrow.

I must say that, tho I love the sea and the deep blue skies, my heart sings when I climb into the hills. Despite the traffic on the AP-7 (non-toll bits). We'd a few slow n very slow bits (all 4 lanes) but the 4 lanes going the other way (absolutely choc-a-block, as was our side) were dead slow n stop for miles.

But this is magic. (1st photo is Blanes this morning)
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We stayed for a fortnight in Santa Susanna a few years ago. The campsite had one thing going for it: pitches right on the beach looking at the Med. Sadly this wasn't enough to balance the rest of the site experience which was horrible. We did however find a nice café/resto in the town itself but alas, that was only 2 days before we left!

It was so bad that I complained and the extremely surly office manageress gave me some money off!
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