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    • Day 58

      i'm going to change the world......

      September 19, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      die ersten kilometer gingen durch die altstadt von carcassonne mit ihrer eindrucksvollen kirche und dem arc de triomphe. beim hafen der mietboote sind wir dann auf die route des canal du midi gefahren; schmal aber gut passierbar. die ersten paar schleusen haben wir passiert und dann hatten wir das bedürfnis, wieder einmal ein richtes kaffee zu trinken. wir haben beim nächsten schleusenkaffee angehalten. nach einem guten lavazza-kaffee bei la rive belle ecluse d'herminis hat uns der besitzer beim bezahlen auf unsere reise angesprochen. nach dem schönen gespräch haben wir uns verabschiedet und als wir uns wieder startklar gemacht haben, kam der er auf uns zu und hat uns ein schild (i'm going to change the world and this is my plan....) geschenkt. nik hat es sofort an unserer carla montiert und wir haben noch ein gemeinsames foto geschossen. er hat uns noch von der nächsten etappe gewarnt; es sei sehr schlammig. gring bode ha und dürebisse; dachten wir uns. es war eine riesige schlammschlacht. die schutzbleche waren rampenvoll und die kinder hatten ihren grossen spass. nun sind wir auf einem idyllisch gelegenen camping la capelle und bis jetzt sind gerade drei camper und wir da.Read more

    • Day 4

      Day of thinking, reflection, reminiscing

      April 29 in France ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      Arrived in Castelnaudry after 23+Km to find Municipal campsite closed (opens in July!). Tourist info sent me to St.Martin Lalande 6.1Km further but Domaine La Capelle campsite was 3Km from there!...and it rained on the way! When the going gets tough...Read more

    • Day 6

      The Crew Arrives in France...

      September 22, 2017 in France ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

      Hello from the town of Castelnaudry, France.
      Today is Friday the 22nd. Mike and I left Victoria on Wed. We enjoyed a mini vacation aboard our Lufthansa flight from Vancouver. Great service and surprisingly comfortable seats. We managed the layover in the Air Canada lounge which - given a shower, and lounge chairs to sleep in - immediately justified renewing our Amex next year.

      We met Malcolm and Stephanie at the gate for our Lufthansa flight to Toulouse. They had a bit less sleep and were looking a bit weary. The pilot announced that he wasn't sure how long the flights was going to take because French ATC were on strike and they were routing us via God knows where. Here is my surprise face, as Tara would say. Last time it was train strikes. Evidently, they are rotating at the moment due to Macron's taking on the unions.

      We arrived in Toulouse eventually and checked into our cheap and cheerful hotel then headed out for a beer - first item on Mikes list, see attached photo, and a lovely meal. Ah... steak, frites in France. Nouse sommes arrivees. ( really sorry Simone, I have no idea how to make the french accents work on my ipad.)

      Today was our touring day . We met up with Fiona, Jiggs and Helen who arrived from London as scheduled. We spent the afternoon wandering and touring about on a little tourist train which Mac dubbed the "loser cruiser". See photo.

      Some fun facts about Toulouse: it is the capital of the Haute Garonne Department, home to the large French aerospace industry and the Airbus factory. There are canals that go both west to the Atlantic and east to the Mediterranean ( that's where we are headed.) The name Matabiau is everywhere in Toulouse. We Checked it out and it turns out Matabiau is the name of a martyred Saint Saturnin who really cheesed off the local administration so they tied a bull to him and same bull subsequently dragged him up the main drag - so to speak- and he was killed. On the whole, I wasn't overly impressed with Toulouse as a destination. Not very charming or particularly interesting.

      Late this afternoon we headed by train to Castelnaudry. We are now in the home of the harricots or white beans from which they make the local dish, cassoulet - think French equivalent of baked beans, less sugar. The harricot actually have protected status here so you can't shoot them, or insult them. And you most definitely cannot blame harricots for any bad gastric reactions

      Tonight we had our first meal together. The gentleman who runs our B& B was kind enough to drive us to the restaurant and the waitress was kind enough to drive us back . For dinner we had - you guessed it - cassoulet and also some duck confit and some lovely local Rose wine.

      We're counting on Helen to handle our pre- boarding itinerary of touring about, we will pick up our onboard provisions such as wine, beer, cheese and bread and then at 1600 it is literally all hands on deck for boat training

      That's it for now. Hope all is well where you are. I hear Alberta had some snow. So right from smokey season to snow.

      Love Heather (Mom) ps if you want to see the pictures, tap on the first one and then scroll through
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      Traveler  Looks like a lot of fun. All that beer and wine is making me thirsty. I'm going to pour myself a glass of wine. Cheers to all of you!🥂


      Traveler  Trust Gillian and the Captain have u on course. Have fun.


       Looks fun!! Sending love from Toronto. We're at Wonderland celebrating our 6th anniversary, sans your best boy. Moms gone wild! Xoxo


      Traveler  Thirsty now

    • Day 17


      August 22, 2020 in France ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

      In Castelnaudary, am Canal du Midi, haben wir Rast gemacht und uns die Stadt angeschaut.
      Das "Bassin du Canal du Midi" vermittelt den Eindruck eines Sees, die Stadt selbst wirkte an einem Samstagnachmittag ein bisschen langweilig und an einigen Stellen etwas verfallen und ungepflegt.Read more

    • Day 61

      J 49 - J 15/10 - Castelnaudary (11)

      October 15, 2020 in France ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

      J-7. Il a plu une bonne partie de la nuit. J´avais hésité à louer un mobile home au camping d´Alet et j´aurai dû le faire. Démontage tente humide sous la pluie. Tant pis pour moi. Trajet en montagnes russes aujourd'hui, dès Limoux. Le vent de NO n´était pas chaud mais très peu de pluie. Traversée du village agréable de Villasavary. Etape de 49 km et nuit confortable à l´Ibis budget.Read more

      Traveler  Un bon cassoulet à Castelnaudary et une bonne nuit avant de reprendre la route. Et ça va péter dans les côtes.


      Traveler  J´irai donc plus vite 😄


      Traveler  Nous t’envoyons un plein d’énergie d’amour ... 🙌 pour ta prochaine étape... bonne soirée amigo 🚴‍♂️💖 Jean et sabine


      Traveler  Merci beaucoup, chers amis. Demain, c´est Toulouse, par le Canal du Midi..

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