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  • Day68

    At Captieux, another poncho day

    October 5, 2021 in France ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    An easy 18.5 km walk today, and the rain was so light and intermittent that we didn’t get wet inside - dry shoes and feet and clothes. And now the sun is shining and there is promise of no rain for the next few days.

    This will not be a long report because there is not a lot to say….our walk was flat and along an ex railway line for about 15kms! This was easy walking, and very pretty but it did get a bit mesmerising and even monotonous! But we were lucky that today was the rainy one, as yesterday by the lake would not have been as beautiful today, and ascending muddy paths would not have been fun. We have started the three day trek through the largest pine forest in Europe. It is in the Landes department which we officially enter tomorrow, and is the centre of a big timber industry, though parts are left natural…but we see plantations of very ordered trees in lines, as well as young ones growing up. We imagined we’d just be going through lines of pines on both sides for ever.

    The ex train line is a great path, and is a cycle path - easy to walk on, no blackberry branches to fight, and it goes on for ever and ever. I think the next 2 days we continue on it which is a bit daunting - but at least not physically challenging. And we don’t have barking dogs! We have discovered that so many dogs bark frantically when you pass their territory (not just Norman and Nico!!) and luckily they are behind fences or tied up, as some sound really fierce…(and some just do the token bark as you pass).

    But twice we have had dogs follow us which was a worry. The first one came along and was enjoying the walk and couldn’t be persuaded to go back till there was another bigger dog standing in the middle of the road…another loose one …we got past happily, but our companion decided it was time to turn back. Then the other day another friendly dog bounded out and joined us, and also did not understand our French, and came for what seemed ages even crossing a busy road…finally I yelled really fiercely at him and he looked crestfallen and stopped…I really yelled loudly - Amr said he would be frightened! - just hope he found his way back.

    Anyway, no dogs today, and we stopped at the little town and had a chocolate/beer before finding our shelter for the night - another very nice BandB where we are having dinner - and at 7 thankfully…waiting till 8 gets hard when you’ve been walking and probably had lunch round midday. Last night’s dinner in the château was nice - lovely room - and two other couples there…but when they chattered I got lost pretty quickly unless I knew the topic or where the conversation was going…good basic dinner (except that the lettuce in the salad was gritty…), but that is usual in the guest houses (not the gritty lettuce!) - just good plain home cooking.

    Tomorrow another 21 kms through the pines!
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    Hartley Cook

    I know that yell. My tail is between my legs just thinking about it.

    10/5/21Reply
    Ira Kowalski

    The great Elsa Schiaparelli favourite colour, Shocking Pink.

    10/6/21Reply
    Olivia Sertori

    Looking good Amr!

    10/6/21Reply
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  • Day67

    A night at Bazas in a château

    October 4, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    This is the second episode for today, about our walk to Bazas, which turns out to quite a bustling small city. It was cool but lovely when we set off, and immediately found ourselves on a ridge looking over a valley, and quite beautiful. We wound down and found ourselves walking through forests, past a little hamlet with the old church, and finally ending up near a lake. And we have sorted out the nut question Sam!! We saw an orchard of new (to us) trees, and on examination they had clusters of small nuts, and I thought hazelnuts…and this was confirmed by the French couple who we met yet again several times today! So we had the walnuts in great quantity in the Dordogne area, and now hazelnuts. Confusing as the word for walnuts is noix, and hazelnuts are noisettes. I thought noix was a general term for all nuts…very satisfying to sort it out.

    We walked round the gorgeous lake, and up into more forest. Here we encountered more strange shelters/huts that we had noticed before, and also strange ropes hanging from trees with pulleys and crossbars. Then we came upon notices about the hunting season! We had read that it starts on October 1 and ends 20 November, right now…so we hoped we wouldn’t be shot and wondered if we should loudly sing the Marseillaise. The notices warned danger to enter, but all was quiet so we weren’t too worried, and then came across 2 men sitting near one of the shelters, which we realised are disguised as undergrowth where hunters can hide inside and shoot from. And the ropes and pulleys had pigeons tied to them, with blindfolds on. It seems they would be elevated and attract their friends so that they can be shot…all rather brutal, but interesting to see, and we survived! The men were friendly, as is everyone, and let me take a photo. They had quite a few walkers coming through, as we saw 2 other female couples as well as the French one.

    After that excitement it was more mundane - that is to say just the normal countryside along quiet country roads to Bazas. Just an easy 16.5 km walk. I didn’t even feel hot and have postponed my shower till before bed which I prefer. We knew our guesthouse today was called Château St Vincent, but as we approached Bazas along a cycle path we saw a high grand château and of course it turned out to be our place!! Turned into chambres d’hôtes , and we have a very nice room overlooking the expansive front garden.

    It was quite early when we arrived so after Amr showered we went down into the city and found it is quite delightful. With an enormous XIII century cathedral. Walked round, bought some lunch supplies, found a boulangerie for bread tomorrow and had a drink in the square. Now back and will have dinner here in half an hour.. probably not like the restaurant, but am sure will be good.
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    Ira Kowalski

    Am loving your posts, Rosie. And am totally enchanted by the countryside.

    10/4/21Reply
    Hartley Cook

    Does that mean you dined stinking? Poor Amr.

    10/4/21Reply
    Rosie Marzouk

    Hartley, I was cool as a cucumber - not at all smelly!

    10/5/21Reply
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  • Day67

    Dinner at Auros

    October 4, 2021 in France ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    I am making 2 entries today, as too many photos for one…only 6 allowed per footprint. So will make this one about our dinner last night at the restaurant. It was so good. Classy, beautiful food, beautiful wine. This is probably THE dinner of Amr’s birth week! The dinner was included in our walking package, and we were allowed the €28 menu, but we “splurged” and went for the €34, paying the extra €12, plus wine. We have always found the value in restaurants here amazing - you couldn’t get a 3 course meal of this calibre in Oz for $55.

    So we started with chiperons in parsley (Amr) and salmon marinated in dill (me), then Amr had a sword fish main and I had another version of chiperons in a sauce. For dessert Amr had an ice cream tiramisu, and I had a sort of deconstructed pavlova….it presented as a little portion of cream, and a portion of fruit in what looked like a little pot, till I realised that this was the meringue…glad I didn’t leave it! Both were amazing. And we had a bottle of a great local red.
    A great night.

    It was cold and I even wore my down jacket for the first time walking to and from the restaurant , but the heaters were on in our room and happily my shoes completely dried by the morning. We actually had to turn off the heaters in the middle of the night as it got too hot. Woke to a beautiful cloudless day, perfect for walking, and set off soon after 8.30, after breakfast cooked by Julien the French husband. He made little pancakes which was a change, but I must say I missed the usual croissants and baguette. It was probably the American influence! Now we are here at Bazas and I will make another entry for our walk today.
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    Samantha Gillett

    The food looks and sounds amazing.

    10/4/21Reply
    Ira Kowalski

    Mouth-watering feast.

    10/4/21Reply
    Ira Kowalski

    Sinful sweets for the pilgrims

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  • Day274

    Caumont-sur-Garonne

    March 31 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Ist ja herrlich hier am Kanal. Da hommt ja fast Homefeeling auf. Und dann kam auch noch die Sonne durch, dass ich mit Rico am Kanal spatzieren gehen konnte.
    Hat mir auf Anhieb gut gefallen. Allein schon die Fahrt auf den letzten Kilometern entlang dem Kanal war toll.
    Letzte Nacht in Spanien hatte es heftigst geregnet und sogar gehagelt, das sich am Vormittag fortsetzte.
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    LeuchtturmTravel

    Uns hat es dort auch sehr gut gefallen 👍

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  • Day66

    At Auros - a rainy walk

    October 3, 2021 in France ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    Today was the first truly rainy day, and we wore our ponchos from start to finish. Not bad being our 31st day of walking! But first last night’s dinner at a real restaurant…Les Perles de Pimpin. A great little place and we had a terrific meal…Amr had the star entrée, a tomato crumble with basil ice cream, and we both had cod with leek cream sauce. Yum. We booked for 7.30 when they opened, and more people didn’t come till almost 8…but we get hungry and tired and don’t feel like waiting! One couple who came we noticed were speaking in English, and they appeared this morning at breakfast at our BandB. And there was also another French couple staying…quite busy, but guess it was Saturday night.

    Rain had been predicted all day today and it was raining as we left, but gentle and in fact it never poured really hard thank goodness. But it was persistent, and at times more heavy, and occasionally almost stopped, but by the time we arrived I was damp through…drips had seeped in, and into my shoes too and I felt quite cold…it has been 15-17° I think….and kept dreaming of a hot shower as we walked! But it is amazing how much energy you have when you are cold…we walked quite powerfully without getting tired - I guess just keeping warm! It was about 22 kms, and on arrival I felt I could set off again (as long as I was dry)…

    Maybe the fact that is was a basically flat walk contributed to our energy and lack of tiredness. It was beautiful leaving La Réole, crossing the Eiffel bridge and then walking beside the Garonne on the dike - the south bank is built up with quite a wall, presumably to protect from flooding, as the land on this side is flat which was such a delight to walk through. After we left the river we wound along little roads and paths, none too slippery and muddy, and grass paths were actually good! The scenery was lovely but not one of those breathtaking days which was handy as it wasn’t a day for photos. Amr had his phone handy and took a few, but mine was hiding in my backpack. We ran into the French couple of a few days ago - had seen them in La Réole and again on and off today. At the peak of the persistent rain we found a covered place in a school yard, or some institution, and stopped there to eat, and just as we finished they bounded in with the same plan…all of us soaking. Maybe Amr not so much so…I think his poncho didn’t let as many drips in as mine. He has a new one that he bought on the Hurtigruten boat in Norway, but hadn’t yet worn. We found it has “connect with your inner explorer” on the back!!! He is doing that!

    Auros is another very small town, and we are at a lovely BandB run by an American from Minnesota. She is married to a French man and they have 2 small children. Very warm and it was relaxing to be greeted in English. We are drying our clothes in the dryer, and have moved into a cosy room for guests in the house (our room is in a separate building) to sit and write and read. In our room the wifi was almost non existent with the stone walls (we find we often have to go to windows or doors to get good reception) and we were sitting in the doorway of our room, but it was cold, and sprinkling a bit, so this is perfect. And the wifi here is exceptionally good Amr says! Tonight we have been booked into a restaurant, l’Absolu, up the road by our chemin organisers, which we passed on our way here and looks fabulous…another official restaurant! And we are booked for 8pm. Will report on that tomorrow - and it is predicted to be fine weather!
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    Denise Allen

    I can’t believe how fresh you both look. Well done!

    10/3/21Reply
    Olivia Sertori

    Love the poncho!

    10/3/21Reply
    Hartley Cook

    You must be relieved to have the Wifi Inspector on hand.

    10/4/21Reply
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  • Day64

    Dune du Pyla I

    June 20 in France ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    Nun haben wir drei Tage hier an den Dünen von Pyla verbracht und sind mal wieder begeistert, was die Natur da geschaffen hat. Wir haben es genossen, mehr gibt es da nicht zu sagen. Wir haben nun noch ein bisschen mehr als vier Wochen und sind einfach nur dankbar für diese Zeit,die wir zusammen haben dürfen.Read more

    🥰♥️ [Joänna]

    6/22/22Reply
    JuToMaHe

    ♥️

    6/22/22Reply
    Janine Magdanz

    Tolle Bilder die alles sagen...🥰

    6/23/22Reply
     
  • Day65

    La Réole, on the Garonne

    October 2, 2021 in France ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    All went well this morning - we got our own breakfast, the taxi man collected the bags and we locked up and set off at about 9. Not as cold this morning, and the day has been quite moderate, up to 25° this afternoon.

    A very pleasant walk, and shorter than most - only 14 kms - though I must say I felt a bit tired, but maybe because it was a bit uphill and down dale over and over till we finally descended to the river. But it was beautiful - the thousands of vineyards have finished - leaving Coutures this morning we didn’t see a single one for quite a while, then we saw the odd one, plus corn, sorghum, sunflower stalks - back to the mixed farming. When we did finally reach the top before descending down to here, we had a breathtaking views looking back to where we’d been.

    Good to arrive at La Réole and find our chambres d’hôtes. The city is on the steep river bank and we went right down looking out for our place which we knew was in the old centre, but got to river level without sighting it, so stopped at a bar for a drink before heading back up with Amr’s Google maps guiding us. We have a lovely room, with our own terrasse (where our washing is offending no one) and a very helpful and friendly couple. It is Saturday night and we don’t have dinner provided here and asked for recommendations. They said a little place we had passed and also recommended booking, so Amr went out to do that, and popped into the tourist office for a map and the person there said yes, you must be the Australians walking that I heard about!! Not many escapees on the loose here!

    So we are all set, must gird our loins and have an explore as this is a small city, and has a bridge over the Garonne built by Eiffel…before the tower. He is good at bridges - we’ve seen his in Porto and Bilbao also. I have never heard of most of these small places where we stop, and sometimes they are barely a village (like Coutures, though I think it did have a Mairie) and sometimes quite a large town like today.
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    Samantha Gillett

    Beautiful room

    10/2/21Reply
    Olivia Sertori

    You’re famous 😂

    10/3/21Reply
     
  • Day10

    Dune du Pilat

    August 12 in France ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Kurzer Besuch bei den „Dunes du Pilat“. Auf der einen Seite der Dühnen das Meer und auf der anderen Seite die teils noch grünen Wälder. Waldbrände haben leider in den letzten Wochen grosse Teile der Region verwüstet. Ein Besuch hat sich jedoch definitiv gelohnt.Read more

    Händer Sandelizüg debii😁😂😜! Liebe Gruess [Tanti]

    Da sind ja wieder Postkartenbilder zu sehen!! kompliment an den fotografen!! 1A!! [Roberto Furiosi]

     
  • Day11

    Besuch Teste de Buch + Dünenfliegen

    May 2 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Es geht heute ganz gemütlich los. Unsere Windvorhersage hatte gute Bedingungen für den Nachmittag vorhergesagt.

    Also kauften wir zuerst am Morgen im Camping eigenen Supermarkt für Frühstück und weitere Mahlzeiten ein. Nach dem Frühstück mussten wir noch kurz ein Malheur beseitigen: unser Auto war über Nacht von Vögeln attackiert worden - man konnte vor lauter 💩 nicht mehr aus der Windschutzscheibe schauen… also musste mit heißem Wasser 🚿 abgespült werden.

    Danach machten wir uns dann auf zu einem kleinen Ausflug: wir planten über die Düne nach Norden zu gehen zum kleinen Ort „Teste de Buch“, wo es einige sehr schöne Hotels - und hoffentlich auch Cafés - geben würde.

    Der Spaziergang war sehr schön und auch einigermaßen anstrengend, dort so im Sand herumzustapfen. Direkt am Anfang sahen wir schon einige Gleitschirme beim Groundhandling - und ein paar flogen auch schon!

    Wir gingen jedoch weiter. Man hatte eine tolle Sicht vom höchsten Punkt, wirklich verrückt, diese Düne! Es sieht wirklich ein bisschen aus wie die Wüste.

    Im Ort angekommen waren wir sehr zufrieden mit unserer Unterkunftswahl: hier waren eigentlich nur Villen - und nichts los in der Stadt. Das einzige - und auch sehr nette - Café war das vom Nobelhotel Haïtza. Wir genossen ein Getränk und 2 x Eis 🍧. Danach nahmen wir den Bus zurück zum Camping 🚌

    Hier machten wir uns bereit für die Düne und packten unsere Sachen. Als wir an der Düne ankamen war schon viel los - allerdings auch sehr viel Wind 💨 also stiegen wir fast bis ganz unten herab und packten aus.

    Die ersten Versuche waren noch ziemlich ruppig und dauernd saß man wieder am Po oder rannte dem Schirm nach. Zum Glück wurde es etwas besser und ganz am Ende des Tages, nach 4 Stunden Schwerstarbeit, gelang uns endlich der erste richtige Flug. Herrlich!

    Am Abend schauten wir dann noch Videos. Vielleicht gibt es ja noch Tipps und Tricks, wie wir besser zurechtkommen? 🤓
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    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    Haha

    5/3/22Reply
    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    Toll !

    5/3/22Reply
    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    Hauptsache nicht im Meer

    5/3/22Reply
    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    unglaublich viel los

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  • Day15

    Mit dem Rad rund um‘s Bassin d’Arcachon

    May 6 in France ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Heute hatten wir einen großen Plan: einen Radausflug von unserem Campingplatz aus rund um das Bassin d‘Arcachon. Fast 100km mit dem Fahrrad. 🚴‍♀️🚴‍♂️

    Erstmal Glück gehabt am Anfang: natürlich hatten wir für die spontane Aktion keine Fahrräder reserviert, und waren dann umso glücklicher als uns der Campingplatz die allerletzten beiden Fahrräder überlassen hat. Sonst hätte die Tour aufgehört bevor sie begonnen hatte. 😅

    Die Strecke war bunt gemischt. Manche Teile waren leider entlang der recht stark befahrenen Landstraße (wenn auch mit separatem Radweg), andere mit schön gestalteten Radwegen entlang des Strandes. Highlights gab es viele:

    - Ein kleiner alter Hafen mit schön gestalteten Bootshäusern 🤩

    - Der schöne Ort Andernos Les Bains, wo wir Mittagspause machten und bisschen flaniert sind 🍦

    - Der südlichste Punkt am Cap Ferret und ein kleiner Strand dort, wo wir einmal beide in den Atlantik gesprungen sind und man einen tollen Blick auf das Meer und die Düne hatte 🏖

    - Die Überfahrt mit dem Schiff zurück nach Arcachon ⛴

    - Die vielen kleinen Kirchen, die uns irgendwie an unsere Reise in Kolumbien erinnerten ⛪️

    Zum Abendessen gönnten wir uns einen Besuch im Restaurant - zum selber kochen waren wir dann doch zu müde 😮‍💨
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    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    Sehr abwechslungsreich, tolle Tour 😊

    5/7/22Reply
    Gabi Feller-Gerke

    Halten sich eigentlich auch 🦩 dort auf ?

    5/7/22Reply
    placeswetravelled

    Wir haben zumindest keine gesichtet 🤓

    5/7/22Reply
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Département de la Gironde, Departement de la Gironde, Gironde, Gironda

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