Baiona Town, Galicia

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The Tourist Office is very helpful and provided the map below. The town was interesting but did not seem particularly concerned about its past, although several buildings were being renovated. People were friendly and I found a jeweller who replaced … Continued

Travel in France – Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau

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The Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built between 1528 and 1527 on the site of the mediaeval castle of Ridel d’Azay, a knight in the King’s service. The fortress was built to protect the road from Tours to Chinon. This original building … Continued

Travel in France – Issoudun to Ouistreham

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On the final day of Travel in France we travelled from Issoudun to Ouistreham, with visits to the Chateaux of Villandry and Azay-le-Rideau along the way. The overnight ferry returned us to the UK.

Travel in France – Issoudun

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Issoudun has a long history, with evidence of settlement since at least 2000 BC. By the Middle Ages it was the second largest town in the Berry and one of the stages on the Pilgrim Route from Vézelay to Santiago. It … Continued

Travel in France – St Hippolyte du Fort to Issoudun

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Day 25 of Travel in France and we began the long drive north. Our route was over the Causse de Larzac, the Millau Bridge, and up the motorway. There were several traffic jams, and we diverted briefly along the Lot for a coffee stop. But … Continued

Travel in France – The Chateau of Villandry

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The Chateau of Villandry was completed in 1536, the last of the great castles built in the Loire Valley. The chateau was owned by Jean le Breton, the Finance Minister for François I. In 1906 the chateau was bought by … Continued

Travel in France – the Vidourle

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The Vidourle rises in the hills around St Roman de Codières and flows into the sea near Le Grau du Roi. The river  flows underground at times, and is prone to violent floods, vidourlades, after heavy rain, particularly in the autumn. It is c.85k in length. … Continued

The gite at Le Pouget, near St Hippolyte du Fort

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In the Cevennes we stayed in a comfortable gîte in the hamlet of Le Pouget, just four miles outside St Hippolyte du Fort.  The setting is wonderful, overlooking the valley of the Vidourle, and even on the occasional misty day it is beautiful, quiet, peaceful. … Continued

Travel in France – St Hippolyte du Fort

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‘The original name of the village was Saint Hippolyte de la Rochefourcade, and was located about 3 km SW of the current site, just southwest of the small hill called Puech de Mar. A few ruins of the ancient village … Continued

Travel in France – Ganges

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Friday was the last day in the Cevennes – on Saturday we would begin the long drive north. We needed an ‘easy day’ and decided to visit Ganges on Market Day. In summer the town is filled with flowers. The … Continued

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