Le Tour is approaching so a couple of days ago we went to check out where we might spend the day on its route between Carcassonne and Bagneres de Luchon.
|This is typical of the scenery the riders will be seeing around Fanjeau - undulating countryside with sunflowers as far as the eye can see.|
Fanjeau itself is a beautiful little village with narrow streets, an ancient church,
a covered marketplace,
|an abundance of fascinating doors,|
|and an almost refurbished office de tourisme.|
The tour will be entering and quickly leaving Fanjeau by the D119
|then taking a right along the D102 continuing through wheatfields and sunflowers|
|with the Pyrenees awaiting them in the distance.|
They'll be passing through the sleepy town of Belpech with its stunning church.
|and pretty market place then carrying on through pretty avenues of trees before reaching the mountain climbs.|
|That's for next Tuesday, 22nd.|
Meanwhile we've been out & about quite a bit ourselves.
This is on one of the hairpins on the road to Andorra.
|Heading for a tax free shopping trip in Pas de la Casa.|
|These are danseurs folkloriques taking part in the annual Occitan weekend in nearby Saurat.|
|They must be rather warm in their woolly blue bobble hats and wooden sabots.|
|The wandering minstrels helped to add to the lovely ambience of the weekend. The BBQ and buvette weren't bad either!|
|Back in Tarascon the trees are looking beautiful and the rapaces are out profusion.|
|Yes, it's another rubbish photo but I'm pretty sure it's a bearded vulture/gypaete barbu/lammergeier.|
|This may look like a Christmas pud gone wrong but it is in fact another batch which I've just turned out of the dye bucket!|
|Fabric, threads and a calico bag which needed brightening up!|
|It's so hot today the breeze is like the hot air from a hairdryer. Despite being 39 degs in the shade I'm making jam! The trees just outside Place Garrigou are just dripping with ripe plums and it would be a waste not to make use of them!|