Toulouse, France

Posted by Pat on October 29, 2019 in Travel |

28 October 2019 I like Toulouse. I can’t be much more enthusiastic than that. It is well-located for visiting some great sites in this southern part of France, like marvelous Carcassonne. It is on the road to Andorra. I has some nice parks, pathways along the historic Canal du Midi and River Garonne, big churches […]

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Andorra – A Micro-Love Affair

Posted by Pat on October 29, 2019 in Travel |

27 October 2019 I could not have chosen a better day to visit Andorra.

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Carcassonne, France

Posted by Pat on October 28, 2019 in Travel |

26 October 2019 Just 60 miles southeast of Toulouse is the picturesque hilltop village of Carcassonne. I love old fortified cities and Carcassonne is absolutely one of the best! Carcassonne has dominated this hilltop since the New Stone Age which began about 12,000 years ago when the first farming of domestic crops and a domestication […]

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Lourdes, France

Posted by Pat on October 26, 2019 in Travel |

24-25 October 2019 Snow! Yikes! The jagged peaks of the Pyrenees, just a few miles to the south, are covered in snow. The view, as our train approaches Lourdes, is spectacular. I expect cold.

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San Sebastián, Spain

Posted by Pat on October 24, 2019 in Travel |

21-23 October 2019 Jumping back on the Euskotren, we return to the Basque stronghold of Donostia, or San Sebastián as we call this fabulous city curling around the Bay of Biscay. With the Pyrenees Mountains to the east, tree-covered Mount Urgull and Mount Igueldo hugging either side of the bay, pristine beaches and a plethora […]

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Bilbao, Spain

Posted by Pat on October 21, 2019 in Travel |

19-20 October 2019 Traversing the southwestern region of France and getting to my destination in Spain taught me a new lesson: train travel in Europe is not perfect. I found it convoluted and less than direct to get from Bayonne, France through San Sebastián and on to the Basque city of Bilbao. Distances are not […]

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Bayonne and Biarritz, France

Posted by Pat on October 19, 2019 in Travel |

17-18 October 2019 It is a pleasant, slightly misty, train ride through southwestern France. We arrive in Bayonne, a smallish city situated where the rivers Nive from the south and the wider Adour from the Atlantic meet. Just above the train station are the remains of the historic citadel, our hotel is just across the […]

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