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So............our mates have returned to Blighty to resume normal life. Ferry back for us in a week or so, we are wending our way north - soaking up good things. France is full of good things.......a superb country - oft over-looked by English folk. It's different here away from the high mountains......but stunningly beautiful........and hilly if you ride a bike!
And my old family friend Aunty Barbara delivers 2nd to none hospitality!!
Today we woke up quite early as we heard that the Castle gets really busy around midday. So, we got to the castle around 9am, it was lovely and quiet. When inside, we walked around and got chocolate crepes for breakfast by the Roman-Catholic cathedral. We then headed towards the Haunted House that Max had seen the night before but didn't go in. So, Max and Dad went in that while I went and bought the jumper I had seen the last night and then got some ...
We were recommended to visit an African safari nearby - a drive in and walk thru safari where animals from bears to lions roam freely.
It was an hour's drive and it was an interesting park. The weather was very hot to make it authentic!
We spent the whole afternoon there and drove around twice, the second time the animals were out and waiting to be fed!
We are here for a couple of days and we visited the old city of Carcssonne, famous for its "double walled" fortification - where a city was protected inside them.
It was a hot and sunny day, we walked across from the new city half an hour by foot, and had lunch inside the walls ...
... to a town! John, once again, came to greet us. A pack carrier is always a Godsend at that
point! Ramo had found another fantastic spot overlooking the town, valley and a
Michelin starred restaurant which was luckily closed!
A very difficult climb presented itself the next day, almost
on our hands and knees. The compensation of a magnificent forest walk at the
end of the day was enough ...