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What a gorgeous little village Castries is. It truly feels like a little country village with its narrow little streets and homes built almost on the side of the roads, there are little bakeries, flower markets and fruit and veg shops, along with little restaurants and bars on the main street. This was going to be a bit of a stop over until we discovered there is a Roman Aqueduct over 2000 ...
... back and when we got to the bit of the road where it follows the coast very closely, which is usually windy anyway, all the lorries were queuing up in 2 lanes for miles. Later on it was the same in the opposite direction. It started to snow and in the background it looked quite heavy ...
... We then travelled to Sete to see the Canal Royal. The town of Sete was developed by 3 royal men; Paul Riquet, Louis XIV, and Knight of Clerville. It was soon renamed to Canal du Midi. It was created to link the Atlantic and Mediterranean. There were 42,000 trees planted along the canal to stabilize the banks of it. As we were walking along the edge of the canal asking people about its history, which ...
... all about it. I think I need to have a handout ready!
So our destination was St Mathieu de Treviers. We passed some wonderful scenery and tremendous rock formations, and ended up at a little aire where we could sit and look towards the mountains where Pic St Loup is the highest peak. We can see an old Cathar castle perched on the ridge.
The French are tight! This aire has free water but you pay €5 to park overnight. They sneak in and fill up and clean their loo ...
... which left within a minute after we were on board! Phew!!!!! All that has to be done now is for the the film director (Colin) to go through the 2500 or so photographs in preparation for another travel movie. No doubt this will take him much longer than the trip itself! Watch out for another DVD on the way, and there will be no escape for those of you near enough to ...