Upper Garonne

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  • Day14

    Muesum Maddness

    July 11, 2017 in France

    We planned to wake up early and have breakfast with Steve before he went to work as we needed to be at the airport before his working day ended. Unfortunately we are all still on New York time and we slept in! We woke up in time to say goodbye (at least) and to wave the girls off to school.
    We put on a load of washing, had some toast then left for the British Museum. The sun was cowardly sheltering behind the clouds leaving me feeling chilly in my light dress. And when we surfaced from the subway it was drizzling. London weather at its finest.
    The queue for the museum was quite long, perhaps all the London tourists were aware of the so far correct weather predictions and were seeking shelter like us. And once through the security checks, inside the museum, it was even busier!
    After some initial confusion about ticket prices we discovered it was free entry. We purchased a map and launched ourselves into the crowds. I had instructed Adalia that if she couldn't find us or got lost she should stand still and I would find her. She began acting strange and not moving which was super annoying. It was only when I was about to get cranky that I asked her what was going on. She said "I want to get lost, I'm standing still, go away." She is such a weirdo. Sammy would be hysterical if he were lost (pretty easy to locate a lost, hysterical Sammy).
    The kids lost interest in the museum in approximately two and a half minutes after entering. Even the statues of naked men only distracted them for about 30 seconds. Samuel was slightly interested in the coin displays and the ancient game displays. And there was a display with a treasure chest showing the treasure that was inside that was cool.
    I was under the impression that we were looking for an animal display for the kids. We walked through Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt and Africa displays, and it was only when both kids had lost it that Tom informed me that there were no animal exhibitions, just ancient artefacts. With that information I called time of death on the museum and said "let's go home!"
    Tom led us through the streets of London. I assumed we were going to the tube station we needed to get back. However, half way through I realised that the trip didn't look familiar. We were not going back, rather he had taken us to a fish and chip shop! I was starting to get stressed! I needed to go home and pack for our next flight!
    We ordered and waited a while for it to arrive. The first few bites were yummy, then the fat hit our stomachs! I couldn't really eat much. Sammy was still making up for being sick at the end of last week and ate more than his share.
    In true Thomas Schipilliti fashion we arrived back at the Scott's late and had half an hour of frantic packing before some hurried good byes.
    Two stuffy, packed trains later we were at an airport that flew the cheap airlines, we were catching Ryanair... self check in, self baggage drop, strict liquid searches, although I had liquids in my bag that I hid and weren't found, while Tom's bag was inspected for drugs and laptops!
    The airport was HUGE! They had signs saying "12 minutes from here to the gates". We thought they were kidding but they weren't!
    We wanted to look at the shops but the kids were hyper. Could have had something to do with all the starburst lollies I gave them.
    We went in search for any dinner that didn't include chips or burgers and found sushi that was pretty cheap, and while we were deciding what to get they reduced everything to half price! So we bought double 😜
    Our flight was delayed but we eventually arrived at Toulouse airport at 11:30pm. We just managed to pick up our hire car before they closed at midnight. And the adventurers don't end there... but that's a story for tomorrow.
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  • Day21

    Čtvrtek 3

    July 12 in France

    Počasí: polojasno, krátce sprchlo (předpověď byla horší)

    Hned ráno jsme řešili, kam dnes vlastně půjdeme. Předpověď počasí nebyla příznivá a čekala nás těžká etapa plus další 3 dny také nelehké. Nabízela se varianta obejít těžké úseky jinou 3-denní trasou, ale museli bychom se vrátit na předchozí chatu, čímž bychom ztratili den. Letos je prý abnormálně hodně sněhu a ostatní turisté i personál se shodovali, že bez kompletního vybavení (cepín, mačky) je cesta nebezpečná. My nemáme cepíny, ale nechtělo se nám vracet. K rozhodnutí pokračovat dál pomohlo, že nám chatař prodal fungl nový cepín, který mu zase prodal jiný turista. Nelitovali jsme, cesta byla téměř celá po sněhu a vedla kolem několika nádherných ledovcových jezer. Nejtěžší byl sestup k chatě, kdy jsme nemohli trefit cestu a stále nazouvali a sundávali mačky a k tomu se přidala mlha. V jednom okamžiku jsem uklouzla a se slovy "jé, už jedu" jsem jela po sněhu dolů. Naštěstí se mi podařilo hned zastavit. Nedodržela jsem ani jednu správnou zásadu chůze na sněhu, kterou nám Pavlíček vštěpoval. Taky jsem to pěkně schytala.

    8:30 - 16:00
    Trasa: Refugio de la Soula - sedlo (2880 m) - Refuge du Portillon (Jean Arlaud) 2571 m
    Stoupání: 1300m
    Klesání: 430m
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  • Day28

    Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées

    October 20, 2014 in France

    Savoir vivre in la ville rose! Die Franzosen haben wissen wirklich, wie man es sich gut gehen lässt und das färbt ab..ich könnte mich da auch dran gewöhnen! Zur Mittagszeit habe ich mir also im Carrefour ein paar leckere Sachen gekauft und damit am Ufer des Garonne ein pique-nique veranstaltet. Bevor die doofen Witze kommen: Nein, ich habe nicht alles auf einmal gegessen, das hat bis abends gereicht ;)Read more

  • Day28

    Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées

    October 20, 2014 in France

    Beste Grüße aus "la ville rose" - ich bin seit gestern Abend in Toulouse! Heute bin ich den ganzen Tag durch die Stadt gelaufen und habe eine ganze Menge an Sehenswürdigkeiten abgeklappert. Davon gibt es in Toulouse einige und die Innenstadt an sich ist auch schon sehr sehenswert, mit vielen schönen Gebäuden aus roten Ziegelsteinen, denen die Stadt ihren Spitznamen verdankt. Es ist also kein Wunder, dass Toulouse in der Liste der lebenswertesten französischen Städte ziemlich weit oben ist...Ich habe es mir auch ganz gut gehen lassen, mehr dazu gleich!Read more

  • Day167


    April 12, 2017 in France

    Our method of finding an area we want to visit and then selecting a specific place based on the offerings in Airbnb is yielding some spectacular results. Who ever heard of this little dot in the Pyrenees on the Spanish border? The approach touched off a case of nerves as the surrounding area had obviously seen better times. The southern end of town was likewise undistinguished. Then we reached the top.

    Wow. This is a well preserved spa town from the 19th century. Our apartment is in a regal old hotel right on the square, and has been beautifully remodeled for comfort. The broad avenues are lined with trees, shops and restaurants ... even a salon de the. Our apartment overlooks the square with mountains in the background. Last evening it was full of children with their parents and retired couples strolling hand in hand.
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  • Day167

    Lunch on the grand boulevard

    April 12, 2017 in France

    Woah! Now that's a steak! The accompanying frites were so good I had to ask about them. Hand cut with skins cooked in the Belgian way: first at low temperature, then again at high temp to finish and crisp. The ratatouille was also to die for.

    Really, we are not eating out that much so those meals are special. Groceries have been surprisingly reasonably priced in both Italy and France. More than would be expected from the strong dollar. Gordon makes a mean cheese omelette! The bread is always good. Wine is excellent and rarely more than 4-5 dollars.Read more

  • Day168

    The thermes

    April 13, 2017 in France

    We poked our noses into the thermal baths building which was apparently built over some old Roman baths. It looked like it would be fabulous. There is a steady flow in and out of what look like locals.

    Alas, in the last minute throwing-out frenzy, we eliminated our swim suits ... probably in favor of something geezerly like wraps for sore feet or sun screen. I should have predicted we would be channeling our inner 20-year-olds. We haven't touched most of the geezer-ready items.Read more

  • Day21

    After 3 amazing days in the mountains it was time to say goodbye and start moving towards the Med. The day started well with the short ride to Lourdes then a 2 hour train to Toulouse and a few hours spent in the city before heading down the idyllic and flat Canal Du Midi that will lead me 150 miles all the way to the Med. With a nice evening 30 mile ride along the canal to my accommodation for the night I hadn't planned on the devil returning!

    The 150 miles I have to the coast are in a South-East direction and as you will see from the weather picture below the wind is not exactly helping. Nearly 50 mph into my face! As some of you know I have a little competitive edge so rather than shy away and get the train I've gone for it. Well without doubt the strongest and hardest wind I've ever riden in and I've got 3 days of this! It was like putting your head out of a car window on the motorway for a couple of hours and trying to ride with a parachute on your back. It was brutal and relentless and it definitely wasnt good for what hair I have left! I did however strangely enjoy the challenge. Whether I will still be saying the same after 2 more days who knows.

    Oh I did have the bonus of bumping into the Euros Trophy in Toulouse which after talking to Phil the nice guy from UEFA it is doing a 30 city tour. Probably the closet any Englishman is going to get to it this summer!
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  • Day166

    Driving to the Pyrenees

    April 11, 2017 in France

    A low ceiling dampened colors and prevented our seeing the mountains til we were almost on top of them. It was a lovely drive nonetheless. Our biggest problem was finding diesel gas en route. We finally got on a freeway and found some at the service area. Along with a delicious quiche Lorraine and apple tarte Normande.

  • Day168

    Drive in the Pyrennes

    April 13, 2017 in France

    We drove up in to the Pyrennes. Not a long drive, but enough to get some views. We saw bicyclists going up and down the hills. One of them passed me on a downhill slope. Our town was on the 2016 Tour de France route.

    Going over the pass took us into Spain. We drove a kilometer in, saw that we were not going to have great views, and turned around. As the Garda had eyed me with suspicion when we had passed by 5 minutes earlier, Heather helped me learn to say innocently, "estamos perdidos," (we're lost), but this time they looked bored and impatient with our eager visages, explanation at the ready. Never mind, ever the Boy Scout, I was prepared.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Département de la Haute-Garonne, Departement de la Haute-Garonne, Haute-Garonne, Upper Garonne, Alto Garona, Alta Garonna

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