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Gorges Du Tarn/Auvergne

(Monday 13 September 2010) by Jill's travels
Since writing to you on the 1st September we had arrived in the Costa Brava Region on Tuesday, 24 August at Interpals Campsite, Pals, and left Friday 10 September. The campsite is enormous, full of pine trees and for its capacity is extremely peaceful. We will remember this site primarily for that reason but also for the 400 m stroll to a beautiful beach surrounded by some of the most amazing properties which are built into the mountainside. Our Daughter Charlotte arrived when we where at Pals and so we took her off to Girona which is just 30 miles away, I had put photos of it in my last journal. We also went to Figueras which is the Artist Salvador Dali’s home town and where his museum is situated, I have included some of the photos taken of his work, it was well worth the 11 euros each. The jury is still out for me though, not sure what to think of it all, I will leave you to your own thoughts. We also visited Cadaques where Dali and his father where also involved, the place was a little disappointing although the drive from Figueras to Cadaques was quite picturesque. Charlotte is now back in UK however, before we left Pals, Alan & I had a fabulous dinner with our friends from the campsite. Heine and Monika from Germany and Leo and Janns from Holland, the restaurant was in one of the local villages, I’ve included some photos to give you a taste of how special this place really was, even the owner could speak to us in each of our own languages, hey. If you are in the Region you must try it out, just have a look at their menu on the web site which is www.canjoan.com (the grilled cockles and veal were cooked to perfection).

We travelled up to the Gorges du Tarn on Friday, 10 September and stayed at a campsite called Les Peupliers, a four star site with free wifi. We stayed for a couple of nights but could have quite easily stayed for much longer, if our plan had allowed it. It is our most favourite Region in France so far, with Provence coming a close second. The site offered kayaks and equipment with a driver to the gorges for 16 euros each. The paddle was 15km which took us 3.1/2 hours stopping for lunch where the only company we had were the herrings. So picturesque and tranquil until we came upon the sound of the white water rapids which was scary but great fun. The Millau bridge was 10 km from the site and so had to be seen, Ive included photos for you to appreciate the real feat of engineering. Gorges du Tarn is a place we will definitely visit again and again, no doubt.

Sunday, 12 September we travelled up to Vichy to a site called Beau Rivage which is situated on the edge of the L’Allier river. Vichy is the town where the natural mineral water comes from the Springs and is reputed to be beneficial to health. When we where there, a large group of residence were sampling the varieties on offer and yes I did try it and if it does what it says, I could get used to it! Beau Rivage campsite offers free kayaks which we did take advantage of and paddled along the vast L’Allier. It is also a short cycle ride to the Town of Vichy which I have to say, took us by complete surprise with its Thermal spas, Nepolean III park and the architecture of some of the buildings including the Casino, quite beautiful. Ive included photos for you to see.

Tomorrow Tuesday, 14 September we drive up to Paris and visit Eurodisney where we meet our friends who will stay with us for 2/3 nights. Best wishes xxx

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