Saturday, 18 June 2011

...Part 2...

(BE WARNED - IT'S A LONG ONE :-)))


After taking quite some time to put up the tent (described as being of "Bedouin proportions")....and new porch section...

...we settled into our chairs to relax with a cuppa before hitting the inflated mattresses.

Then....

...doof...doof...doof...doof...

ships engine noise coming from the car that pulled-up on the next pitch at 22.30!

Luckily...it stopped after a frantic 15 minutes of tent-pole clattering...

..and all fell silent (apart from crickets and frogs in the nearby water-hole)


Before we'd even emerged from the tent the next morning, a voice was shouting...

"Good morning Welsh people!......I'll catch you later!..."

...which he did...

...and talked until well after dark...

...and then...

...to top it all...

...produced a set of bagpipes. and proceeded to play them (about 23.00 by now...most folks already in bed...and our eyelids wanting, desperately to shut!)

This...




...was, amazingly, Alec GRAY!...from Canberra...who was cycling from Barcelona to London, with ONE change of clothing, a 5kg tent, sleeping bag, not a lot of cash....

...and THAT set of BAGPIPES!

The world is FULL of 'em. :-)))

All told though, he's a lovely guy, and we enjoyed his company for a couple of nights, before he took his hire-car back to Carcassonne, and proceeded peddling his way northwards.



We visited many places...

...and saw a lot of beautiful sights....




Re-visited Rennes-le-Chateau..





..where I managed to take some photos of the lovely wall-paintings.




(More fun with those later I'm sure :-)

I loved the rocks and flowers in the area...









...just begging to be stitched!

And the view from up there!



Of course, I had a really good time taking piccies of buildings :-)






At Fanjeaux, we were intrigued to find this place...



..the site of a pool/lake that had been part of a temple site dedicated to Jupiter.

The church now comes up to the edge of where the pool once was...

...and that area is now a CAR PARK!!

(Reminded me of Terry Pratchett's book "Small Gods"....where each one gradually gets relegated according to how many folks still believe in them! Once a Super-Deity....now a road surface...:-)))

Old Jupiter had a great view though...




...looking down over the plain of the Aude...


We called in for lunch at Tarascon-sur-Ariege...






..on our way to Andorra.



...and, another day, had lunch at Chez Felix in Carcassonne.



We went off the tourist routes...

..and found some magical places...



..with hidden treasures..






..and took 1926 photos in total!!!

NO!

Don't worry, I'm not going to inflict all of them on you :-o

...and I will try to get back to some textile stuff next time.... :-)))

9 comments:

Anne B said...

What a whopper! Lovely pix - I too love old doorways and the French do them so well. There was a piper at the B&B my family used to stay at in Hastings in the late 1950's - found out years later that the chap was actually playing a vacuum cleaner. How odd.

Chris Gray said...

Good grief!...I'm glad Alec didn't have a vacuum cleaner as well :-)

Yes, those lovely doors and windows...

...Oh to have more time.....

Eva said...

What a treat! Some places are so romantic that it hurts. Love to see more. Just can't get bored! Thanks for sharing.

Chris Gray said...

I'm SO glad I'm not boring you!

...I will share some more...

...PLUS some textile and sketchbook bits next time.

Lynda Howells said...

love these images..can almost hear the bagpipes from here! happy camping!

Penny said...

Oh Chris, these photos are yummy, thank you so much for sharing, I will never get there but through you I can.

Rachel said...

It sounds as though you've been having a wonderful time!

It's astonishing how often life reminds our family of something Terry Pratchett has written about. He's given us hours of fun over the years, even when we've not been reading the books!

Chris Gray said...

I'm very pleased that so many are enjoying the photos. I love seeing all the places again and get inspired every time I look.

Penny ...if mad Alec can get here with not much money and a set of bagpipes...then maybe you can too :-)

...but in the meantime, just enjoy the piccies!

Rock on Terry!!! ...you make a lot of us smile :-)))))

MargaretR said...

Lovely photos Chris and you seem to be having a lovely time in France, plus aall those lovely laces etc. you show on the next post. I will be looking out for you if I manage to get to the Quilt Show.