Grand Hotel d'Orleans
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Travel Blogs from Albi
It was a sad goodbye to the wonderful Suzie and Simon. They are such lovely friends. We decided to make our way to Albi and maybe have a stopover there for the night. We know that tomorrow will be lots of miles! We found the parking place for camping cars - right by the cathedral. Fabulous space and location. Had a lovely afternoon looking round the shops. Lots were closed until 8th January, but ...
The Lonely Planet China has ~1040 pages and weights over 800g. It's a monster! And I don't even need all of it. So I decided to dismantle it. It is a rather easy process.
You need: the book, an hair-drier, a small scissor and a pair of cloves to protect your hands from the heat.
First: remove the softcover from the pages by heating up the side of the ...
... in this southern part of France. We retreated to our suite, sensing tension in the household while they did last minute prep for a dinner. All is not what is seems at the chateau. An evening where adaptability was required. We went out assuming ... there is the problem ... a particular village bar/restaurant would be open. It wasn't. We entered the village proper to find other possibilities closed ... Tuesday, of course. Found a ...
... century windmill got BIG views. We spent some hours exploring and came to rest in a narrow 'park' ringing two sides of the hill near the top, on a seat, taking in the view, tired again and a little awed by the beauty in the vista.
Last night's ghost story agitation passed, though the lyrical nature of the 'crying dove' story about the tower is present. (An early Viscount Lautrec wanted to cement relations with the Viscount ...
... home without a hitch and went into the kitchen where Alison, Grant (the Aussie friend who's staying over winter) and Jen the ex-help-exer who now works there. We chatted for some time about the Cathars, the Templars, and ghosts of the place. After that, 'Sure you can cook here' (this was not on offer earlier). A big welcome in. I cannot tell you the enormousness of the feeling of being in this place, in these rooms, with this history enfolding ...
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- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Pets allowed