While visiting the Bordeaux region for the Marathon de Sauternes, we are staying in a gite on a vineyard at Ste Foy la Longue. It’s a beautiful setting, as well as a rather beautiful gite. Three free bottles of the local wine come with our stay, and the place also has its own wine cellar attached. Continue reading
After driving about 350 km, we have arrived tired but happy at our accommodation for five nights in the Bordeaux area.
Today was my first “quest” into the labyrinth. Don’t blame me for saying “quest” my dad told me to. But anyway, if you don’t like hearing scary things because you get sick when you hear them, I recommend skipping to the 3rd paragraph. Hint: We got lost in the labyrinth. Continue reading
I came to France with just the running shoes that my workmates thought were far too orange. Continue reading
The closest village to Quillan is the charmingly- named Ginoles. It was once a separate village – and still is in theory – but with the outward sprawl of Quillan over the years, the housing is almost continuous between town and village.
I found the tour of the prehistoric chambers of the Niaux caves spiritually uplifting. It felt revitalising to be reminded that we come from a long line of ancestors, and that a very long time ago those people were doing things that were very important and meaningful to them, even though we have limited understanding of their meaning.
When Ollie and Tom are at school, Stephen and I pop Nicholas in his car seat and indulge in our favourite pastime – village hopping. There is no shortage of little villages in the vicinity of Quillan and we have already covered quite a bit of the local terrain on nearby ‘D’ (Departmental) roads.
No two villages are quite the same in geography, size or architecture. Pretty much all of them have a church, though many of them no longer have a bar, tabac or a boulangerie, which gives them a sleepy, and slightly abandoned feel. Where they differ hugely, also, is in their vibe. It’s all about perceptions (and prejudices) but most of the time, it’s funny how you can get a pretty accurate feel for a place, just by driving through and observing what’s going on (or not going on). Continue reading
On my day off (Wednesday) we went to the Niaux caves.
Tom and I mucking about at the cave entrance, waiting for the tour to start.
Sunday 25 May is Mothers’ Day in France and it did not go unmarked in this household. Continue reading
Hi. I am Nicholas – the youngest member of my family. I am seven months old and I want to tell you what I think of our family’s travels and experiences so far. Continue reading