Summer Holidays (2013!) – A Wrap Up   8 comments

Here we are, a New Year has dawned and as I sit listening to the rain battering the conservatory roof I’m still writing up posts from the summer 🙂

My final report from my summer holidays in France – a mixed bag of stuff that wasn’t worth a post of their own – a wrap up. The video compilation is below for those who prefer some music to my rambling words:

We took a little jaunt up to the Tour de Batere for a picnic lunch. Me and TJS did a walk from here last year

Tour de la Batere

Tour de Batere

The cloud socked in while we driving up there but it made a pleasant change from lunch by the house. It’s one of my favourite spots with the views enhanced by the presence of the ruined tower.

Tour de Batere

Tour de Batere

Me and TJS took a walk in the hills above the Gorges de Mondony. I’d spotted a peak called Roc de Saint Salvador that looked interesting and had a path marked to the top. The drive along the gorge was spectacular with the road hugging the cliff edges with precipitous drops.

Gorge de Mondony, Roc de Saint Salvador

Gorge de Mondony, Roc de Saint Salvador

TJS seems to have an unseen other-worldy power that influences my judgement to find the most overgrown paths and he did it again on this day.

Gorge de Mondony, Roc de Saint Salvador

The marked path simply wasn’t there and we spent an interesting hour on steep earthy slopes, overgrown with trees and prickly shrubs before we decided we’d been quite foolish enough. The summit we were heading for wasn’t getting much closer (from the brief glimpses we had through the undergrowth). Just as we were about to head back we emerged on a little open platform of rock with expansive views so we had a second breakfast and enjoyed the surrounds.

Gorge de Mondony, Roc de Saint Salvador

Gorge de Mondony, Roc de Saint Salvador

Gorge de Mondony, Roc de Saint Salvador

My efforts were further rewarded by the find of an old pair of sunglasses gathering dirt, dust and cobwebs that also provided evidence that I wasn’t alone in believing the paths marked on French IGN Maps. Mind you the kids think I look stupid in said sunglasses but they were free and I’m a prize tightskate so who cares.

After saying a farewell to our hosts at Can Galan we started the long journey home. We stopped off for a half a day of river fun at the Gorges de Verdouble. Great place for a swim and picnic although well-known and pretty busy

Verdouble River

Verdouble River

Verdouble River

Verdouble River

Verdouble River

I wrote up in more detail when we visited last year

And that was about it. We stopped off in the Dordogne for a couple of days. We visited the Chateau de Bonaguil but I left my camera in the car (last years visit here), and took another day out kayaking on the Dordogne. It was cloudy and the hire shop was strangely deserted (it’s a popular pastime). An hour into the journey I worked out why. Everyone else had checked the weather forecast. It started to rain. Heavily. Really heavily. Kayaking in the rain with the family is not much fun but worse was sitting around in the pishing rain waiting for the bus to take us back. Not exactly an ideal day and unsurprisingly no photos. You can check out our trip last year to what a fantastic trip this should be.

On our final day before heading home we relaxed by the river for a couple of hours (these are the only photos I took in the Dordogne!) before a nice lunch and an afternoon of more tree climbing adventures.

Dordogne, Castelnaud

Dordogne, Castelnaud

No photos (forgot camera again) but I can say this course was well hard – we were exhausted when we finished but in good spirits. A fine and fitting end to great trip.

Now, what I have been doing for the past 4 months…..

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8 responses to “Summer Holidays (2013!) – A Wrap Up

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  1. Always enjoy your photos and reports Andy! Look forward to many more in 2014! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  2. You off to France again next summer? We’re busy contemplating the Orkneys and the Shetlands…

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  3. Looking forward to reading about Australia sometime in 2017. Especially lots of photos of very, very big, and I mean BIG, really ENORMOUS, hairy, eight-eyed, octipedal, venomous, fanged arachnids. SPIDERS that is.
    I’m guessing that there might not be too much river-swimming there? Or at least, if you do go for it, not quite as many other people joining you? Mind: remote parts of the lake District will give you that too. Can’t imagine why.
    Stunning photos of your trip to France btw.

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    • “Awesome, as long as you don’t mind spiders the size of serving platters” was one comment I read on Tripadvisor. There is loads of river swimming as long as you avoid the ones with crocs in them (the reptiles not the footwear). Trips to France will return in 2015 I hope

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