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... but to suck it up. So, we touch down and into another hire car and away we go to Lourdes. Took us about 2.5 hours. Our hotel is amazing. We're staying at the Grand Hotel Moderne. It's original old style Lourdes and has been beautifully looked after. The attention to detail is amazing. We're only here for 2 nights which is such a shame. Lourdes is so gorgeous. Its very green and ...
This was originally to have been a day in Carcassonne but due to the weather (it is supposed to rain and be chilly and windy), we changed it to our Toulouse day. So we do not have transport today but will be on foot and looking around the city where we can duck into buildings and shops and such in the rain. OHHH, lucky me. Also it will be our only day to really have a lot of shopping and we are a group of shoppers! I thought I ...
... many of our group was so they were having a great and hilarious time while I was trying hard to keep the knee from throbbing.
Finally we are done with lunch and trying to work out the bill. for once, I was not adverse to just splitting it between the 8 at our table because I have become smart enough to get a meal that will cost a bit more than everyone else. That makes up for splitting the wine which I didn't drink. Took ...
We had a wonderful time visiting Stephanie and Steve who we know from Santa Barbara. They live just outside Toulouse in a small village. Katie loved spending time with their girls and had lots of chances for snuggling and playing in parks.
It was very refreshing to be with friends and enjoy leisure time walking, playing, hanging out, and ...
As well as the liver, they also eat the breast of the force fed geese which is known as Magret (mag-ray not Margaret!).
Drink-wise (well it is why we are here) they specialsie in Armagnac brandy, wine and Floc de Gascogne.
Floc de Gascogne is a vin de liqueur, wine fortified with brandy. This type of drink is also made in Cognac (as Pineau des Charentes) and Jura (as Macvin). "Floc" is an Occitan word for ...