Travel Diaries

Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Cesare Pavese

Painful

Painful

When we set off, we'd been thinking we might toy with the idea of going to do a parkrun at [[Toulouse]], but once we arrived in [[Luz Saint Sauveur]] it became apparent we could forget that idea. The apartment block wanted to do a formal check on the morning of our...

Circular

Circular

Open the photo gallery >> After yesterday's less than complete walk, I suggested today that we have a go at somewhere which, on the face of it, seemed relatively relaxed and not strenuous. I thought we might have a go at the [[Cirque de Gavarnie]], on the basis...

Vertical

Vertical

Open the photo gallery >> Today was planned to be one of my "key" days for the holiday - one where I'd planned to do a fairly significant walk with a good course of geocaches. Not sure it worked out that way - it was closer to being another famous near-death...

Panollama

Panollama

Open the photo gallery >> Well - panorama, but with [[llamas]], and other llama related puns. "What the actual? What is he on about now ?" I hear you ask. Allow me to explain, in my usual not-entirely-direct style. We all got up reasonably early. Kas had her...

Grotty

Grotty

Open the photo gallery >> The weather forecast for today had been looking, errm, challenging, pretty much since we arrived, so we thought it might be a good idea to plan to do something that wouldn't really be affected by the state of the weather. At some point...

Zippy

Zippy

Open the photo gallery >> So after a day of not very much we were in the mood for a bit of doing "something" - doing more than sitting around and feeling tired. The weather still wasn't great, but it was tolerable in that it wasn't rainy and it wasn't...

Let Luz

Let Luz

Open the photo gallery >> To be honest, it feels a bit early in the holiday to be writing the traditional "not a lot happened" post, but it was that kind of a day. Most of us didn't do much, and what we did do wasn't done with a great deal of enthusiasm. The day...

Head for the Hills

Head for the Hills

Open the photo gallery >> A fairly normal way for us to spend a Saturday morning is by doing a parkrun. In general terms, France is a bit desolate on that front, however [[Bordeaux]] is one of the few places that has one nearby. The one in question is Les...