Stepping up the pace

We travelled through southern France as we made our way to Spain, and climbed countless stairs everywhere we went… working off all that delightful food we indulged in along the way.

From charcoal grilled beef at a bistro…

in beautiful Bordeaux…

to St Emilion and a pleasant el fresco lunch – with my first taste of Gazpacho: a surprisingly delicious cold tomato soup (and a prelude to all the Spanish cuisine to come)…

before conquering the 196 stairs…

of the bell tower…

… to be rewarded with picture-perfect views…

before making our way around this delightful township.

Stopped for a gourmet picnic…

in pretty hillside Terrasonne…

and reached popular Sarlat la Caneda where we climbed more spiral stairs…

up a medieval tower…

… to be inspired by imaginative art…

then strolled up and down the narrow, sloping streets and alleyways.

It was a hike even to reach the walled city of Carcassonne…

perfect to build up an appetite for Cassoulet – the delicious meat and bean specialty of the region…

… before exploring this touristy town…

and making a worthwhile tour of the quieter castle walls.

Finally bidding farewell to France with cocktails at dusk…

on the Gruissan marina.

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About frenchfry36

South African by birth, British by right, Australian by oath, French by choice.
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4 Responses to Stepping up the pace

  1. Sartenada says:

    That’s cool photo report from Your trip to Spain. I love especially the photo from walled city of Carcassonne.

  2. I think I would have collapsed halfway up the bell tower steps. What a beautiful photo tour! Makes it fun and easy for me to travel vicariously.

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