Our French trip (September to October 2014)

IMG_2523After a busy summer we managed to get some more time away from work and get on with our travels. A chance conversation led us to think about long term letting whilst abroad, a quick surf of the net found Rent a place in France and led ultimately to Le Tournesol near Carcassonne in Languedoc-Roussillon towards the South. After dates were agreed and notice given to our respective employers all that was left was to sort out the travel arrangements and learn to speak French.

The farmhouse with it's 3 gîtes

Our home for the next four weeks …



… where we can relax?

Posts from France

Monday – exploring Burgandy (Flavigny sur Ozerain, Noyers) with Joan and Andrew

We spent an enjoyable morning wandering around the streets of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. Rather deserted with a few attractive ruins suitable for …

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Sunday – Pont du Gard and homeward bound

For the whole of our time here we could never surface from our slumbers before 8:30; dawn would start breaking …

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Thursday – Perpignan at last

Stretching our legs a little bit we popped down to Perpignan. This had a little more of the Spanish feel …

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Tuesday – Evening ride to Mirepoix

We’re trying to keep from driving each day and today we spent around Le Gabachou catching up on our reading …

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Monday – Toulouse

Following a recommendation from Kenny and Debbie, next door but one at Le Gabachou, we went to Toulouse for the …

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Friday – Limoux, Gorges de Galamus and the Chateau de Peyrepertuse

Friday morning saw us at the weekly market in Limoux. Mainly food, but there were also the usual cheap clothing stalls. It …

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Wednesday – Collioure and Gorges de Galamus

We planned today to drive to Perpignan (90 minutes away by car) but found ourselves delayed by  a crash on …

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Friday – across the Black Mountains to Castres and Albi

Across the Montagne Noire About 60 miles this ‘up and over’ provides a pleasant drive there, returning back via a …

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Thursday – Carcassonne, Montlieu and around Bram

Cycling Matthew’s morning cycle ride consists of a 10 mile ride up the hills to Saisac and an even faster …

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Ax Les Thermes

Tuesday, at home …

Mirepoix, Vals and Limoux

This little trip was recommended by Ian (our host) in his folder at Le Tournesol. Across the border from Languedoc-Roussillon …

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Narbonne – wouldn’t be a holiday without Roman ruins!

It didn’t take us long to find Roman ruins and on our day trip to Narbonne we were not to be …

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Will it be her last?

Today was my (Madeleine’s) first cycle ride in France & it may be my last! The plan was to cycle …

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About 25 miles away from base, this site dates back to the Bronze age with Egyptian and Mycean remains showing …

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Being only 15 minutes from the fortified medieval city of Carcassonne this seemed an easy way to spend our first …

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Le Tournesol

Le Tournesol is an apartment in Le Gabachou, an 18 century farmhouse on the banks of the Canal du Midi …

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Calais to La Rochelle

Having caught the 07:00 ferry from Dover we arrived in Calais for breakfast and headed straight for La Rochelle where …

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Useful information

Buying a second hand car in France.
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