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The drive from Andorra to Toulouse was long and windy, and it rained, a lot, once we got down to lower levels.  Just like the movies, sitting on a bus, leaning against the window, looking wistfully out, while the rain drops slide down the misty windows.   If I looked down at all on the bus ride, I got sick, so I put Harry Potter on audio book, and listened and napped the whole way.   It wasn’t raining by the time we got to Toulouse.    It was very nice to have a big, white bed, after the little beds we had been sleeping on.  They weren’t bad, and the studio rooms in Andorra were a great price, but nothing like getting back to a real bed.

We checked into the hotel, and then wandered the streets a bit.
We had dinner at La Capacio, which had absolutely amazing fresh pasta. I had 4 cheeses tortellini, one of the best fresh pasta dishes I’ve had, amazing sauce. The boys had fois gras sauce on theirs.

A cute little bird

A cute little bird

Pretty buildings

Pretty buildings

Tourist Info center

Tourist Info center

Free Wifi in the garden

Free Wifi in the garden

Fountain

Fountain

Town Hall

Town Hall

Town Hall

Town Hall

Town Hall

Town Hall

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Pont Neuf, the non symmetrical bridge

Buildings

Buildings

A pretty bridge

Rue du Pont Saint-Pierre

Streets

Streets

Shutters

Shutters

Tower

Tower

The Church of the Jacobins

The Church of the Jacobins

The Church of the Jacobins

The Church of the Jacobins

The Church of the Jacobins

The Church of the Jacobins

The Church of the Jacobins

The Church of the Jacobins

Tiny little building, tucked away

Tiny little building, tucked away

A door

A door

A carousel!

A carousel!

 

Saturday
Dale and I went to the Space museum!  It was a bus ride out of the way, but it was pretty cool.  They had lots of real size models of space ships, and lots of exhibits, and a couple of movie theatres.

Space Museum

Ariane 5 Rocket, Space Museum

Space Museum

Soyouz Capsule, Space Museum

Space Museum

Space Museum

Space Museum

Space Museum

Curiosity Space Museum

Curiosity,
Space Museum

Space Museum

Replica of the MIR Space Station, Space Museum

Space Museum

Replica of the MIR Space Station, Space Museum

Space Museum

Space Museum

Dinner was at Pizzeria Bambino, and they had lovely pizzas. Alastair had steak tartare, his favourite, and it was huge!
It rained after dinner, which was sad, but we found haagen dazs for dessert, which was yum.

Sunday
We woke, and went to the local market, for fresh breakfast food:  bread, cheese, and tartes.  We left our bags at the hotel, and spent the day biking around, looking at churches and bridges, and just generally exploring town.

The tastiest cheese

The tastiest cheese

Vege market

Vege market

A square

A square

A statue

A statue

Some guy

Some guy

It has been rainig, so the river was up a bit

It has been raining, so the river was up a bit

Buildings in every space

Buildings in every space

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

DUCKS

DUCKS

Pont Neuf

Pont Neuf

Le Chateau d'Eau,

Le Chateau d’Eau,

Yellah poppy

Yellah poppy

The Basilica of Saint Sernin

The Basilica of Saint Sernin

The Basilica of Saint Sernin

The Basilica of Saint Sernin

The Basilica of Saint Sernin

The Basilica of Saint Sernin

Thin building in the road

Thin building in the road

Boop the water fountain

Boop the water fountain

Street names

Street names

Street names

Street names

Fountain

Fountain

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

Architecture

Monday dawned nice and sunny.   We all piled in Curby (our vehicle, a 7 person carvan), and headed out into the local neighbourhood.

Our little house

Our little driveway

We had a bit of trouble finding our first location, and zoomed on to the second.  A lot of the roads are quite small, and kinda crazy, zipping through them in a large car-van.    We found the second location, but they were closing for lunch – most vineyards seem to close for a period over lunch, perhaps for napping?   While waiting, we decided to go to the supermarket and stock up on cheese and bread!  We spent the rest of the day trying, drinking and buying wine.   It was very interesting, many of the people didn’t speak much English, and we didn’t speak much French, so there was plenty of extrapolation, hand waving and charades, but we enjoyed it, nonetheless.

 

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Someone's castle...

Someone’s castle…

A mural

A mural

Pretty

Pretty

This castle has a moat!

This castle has a moat!

Someone else's house

Someone else’s house

French cows

French cows

 

Our last day was spent in a town called Cadillac, where they had various interesting points.  There was  a church, Chappelle d’Epernon.

The Chapelle

The Chapelle

Inside the Chapelle

Inside the Chapelle

A cute street

A cute street

Window boxes

Window boxes

There was also an old castle – Chateau de Cadillac, that was used for various things. It is apparently a good example of French Architecture, and was quite amazing inside, with massive rooms and fireplace.  Each one was elaborately carved in marble and stone, with huge tapestries.

Chateau de Cadillac

Chateau de Cadillac

Chateau de Cadillac

Chateau de Cadillac

Fireplace!

Fireplace!

Tapestry

Tapestry

Fancy fireplaces in every room

Fancy fireplaces in every room

Detail

Detail

Garden of Chateau de Cadillac

Garden of Chateau de Cadillac

 

The town even had a proper wall, town gate, towers with arrow slits.  It was pretty, lots of spring flowers around.  We ate lunch at a little bakery, where I had to go back and buy apple pastry things, and eclairs, a couple of times, as they were very yummy.

 

A cute street

A cute street

Town gate

Town gate

Tower gate, complete with arrow holes

Tower gate, complete with arrow holes

Looking into town

Looking into town

We found a play thing

We found a play thing

Spring

Spring

Town square

Town square

Flowers

Flowers

Chapelle

Chapelle

Chapelle

Chapelle

Moat around Chateau de Cadillac

Moat around Chateau de Cadillac

 Chateau de Cadillac

Chateau de Cadillac

 

The day we flew out, we spent a fair amount of time packing, and headed into Bordeaux early so we sort out extra bags.  I think a couple of extra bags were bought by people for transporting wine home.   We stopped at a massive mall, that had the most amazing fancy toilets I have seen in a while.  We also bought more macaroons, and ate them.  :)  Plane ride back was uneventful.

The biggest baguette ever

The biggest baguette ever

mmm delishuz flavours

mmm delishuz flavours

Tree

Tree

Our house

Our house

Sad face building

Sad face building

Time to leave

Time to leave

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Old architecture

Old architecture