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The weather at Payolle was dull and cloudy as we packed up to move back towards Villemagne. We are parking with the Weedons so that we can go to the American festival in Castel.
We headed for a cheap campsite in Montréjean. €12 a night gives us electricity, water and dump. It was a pleasant location, and although the pitches were tight for us, we had a couple of days to explore the area around St Gaudens. Lots of supermarkets and ...
... a U-turn and headed back. Truly it is hard to describe the scenery in this part of the world, no amount of photos do it justice. And simply having a car and driving anywhere in this area was such a fabulous experience.
Well the walk was mountainous (not surprisingly) and even a twisted ankle didn't dampen memories of crystal clear, dark blue lakes set in a backdrop of rugged mountains.
"This place can't be all good" I hear you ...
Our hosts took took us to their favourite restaurant for lunch. Chris being Dutch, we went dutch and had a good meal of mushroom and slow egg, veal with fresh pasta, and cocoa iced parfait with a very good 2011 Domaine Lapeyre madiran. Packing filled the evening and then the movie 'Ghost Writer' on TV. We drive up to the Dordogne district ...
Meg cooked an exquisite lunch using the mushrooms from yesterday. Creamy pasta filled with girolles and leaks and a little parmesan accompanied by salad and a Bordeaux red brought by Anna and Chris before the ladies drove to Pau for a girls afternoon. I dozed until they ...
... it was full of big motorhomes - all over the place. Think Lake District or New Forest, but allowed to go where you like and stop and camp anywhere.
Lots of cyclists cause we are near the Col de Tourmalet. But a tandem?
We stayed here three nights because of the lovely weather and the wonderful peace. Everything is bright green or deep blue. And not 'organised'. There are no signs, no restrictions, no litter, just ...