Being lazy in Languedoc


The weather has been glorious these past nine days, really didn’t expect it at this time of year.

Nîmes was quieter than on our last visit but the amphitheatre still draws the visitors. The couple in front of us in the queue were from Indiana, the people behind us, from Toronto. At 2000 years old, all you can do is gaze in admiration at the skill of the craftsmen who built it and wonder how many modern buildings will stand for 2000 years …

Food with a view…


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Last week, we had lunch at this beautiful Chateau, just outside Magalas. The food was delicious, the staff very friendly and the views just superb.  If you ever find yourself in this area of the wonderful Languedoc, or Occitanie as the region is now called, you should pay a visit, you’ll be glad you did.

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Tenby weekend


The wet weather didn’t stop our enjoyment of the weekend in Tenby, a walled medieval town in Pembrokeshire, West Wales.

 

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St Catherine’s Island from North Beach

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Colourful town houses and hotels overlooking the beach

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Hotels and steps leading down to the beach

 

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Narrow street leading from the harbour

For more information on this historic town click here Tenby 

 

Thoughts of Ronda


Ronda is one of the most interesting places I have ever visited.  Modern bullfighting was born here and a tour of the bullring, built in 1784, is a must.  Forget the sprawling new town of concrete and glass that has grown up around the old town, and head instead for the beautiful old town and the three bridges that span the famous El Tajo canyon.

Both Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway were fans too.  Although set in a fictional village, the execution of Nationalist sympathisers in Hemingway’s ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was allegedly based on killings that took place in Ronda.  Orson Welles loved the place so much that his ashes are buried in a well, on land owned by his friend the retired bullfighter, Antonio Ordonez.

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For more information Ronda

Background to ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ and Hemingway

A man is not from where he is born, but where he chooses to die.’  Orson Welles

 

Travel diary – Dubai


The Atlantis HotelThe Atlantis DubaiIn the aquarium at The Atlantis Hotel..

In the aquariumA view from the monorail leaving The Palm

View from The PalmA Dubai sunset…

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The stunning Dale Chihuly glass sculpture in reception

IMG_0473.JPG (2) This sculpture took nearly two years to make, you can find out more here:

 

Travel Diary – Puerto Banus


Photos from a recent trip to Puerto Banus. We stayed in an apartment a couple of miles from the port. This was our view…
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We passed the statue to Jose Banus who was responsible for developing the port which opened in 1970 … 2014 Puerto Banus 064

and enjoyed a leisurely walk looking at shops and a few boats…

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