Hotel Les Goelands
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Wow, it is beautiful down here, quite different to the Loire region, it is quite rural with the rugged Pyrenees in the background and bordering Spain. Diana's forefathers came from the south of France so we drove 6 hrs to Buzy near Pau to stay and get the feel of her great grandfather's place. We had a quick look around the very close knitted communities then checked into our b&b. We stayed in a b&b La Maïnade which had rooms and also provided dinner. Sitting at ...
... the weather, because I know that in the not too distant future I will be dreaming of being cool and damp. (noticed it's 28 degrees in Rome..)
Interweb access is likely to be tricky for the next few days because I'm planning to spend some more nights wild camping now I've broken the duck on the coast below Bordeaux. Looks like the weather might perk up soon, if not I'll crack on towards country number two, ...
... not exactly the stuff of everyday communication.
But ever since coming to Cristallin, I've started to see the wisdom in that choice. Everywhere we look we are reminded of folk tales and fairy stories.
We've also started to see very clearly (Cristallin means clear vision) the gap between fantasy and reality; the truth of the rose-tinted glasses metaphor; mythical vs real-life France.
Beauty and the Beast?
Look no further than ...
... old discussion about it.
I must admit not having a blind clue what they were talking about half the time but from all the gesticulation and odd recognisable phrases, it revolved around huge blackberry canes, spikes, ivy stalks as thick as your arm, the possibility of the wall falling down, what would happen in a storm with the slates on the gardener's roof and what a shame that one couldn't profit from the pool because of all the undergrowth. (Quel ...
It's 9 pm and Rick is still outside, hacking away at the blackberry, and soon the sky will darken to pitch black and the stars will come out. What a sight.
And then, at 7 AM on the dot, the wretched bells from the church next door will frighten us out of ours wits and our sleep and it'll be time to glove- and wellie-up to do battle once again with the thorns and vines of Cristallin.