Provence, France
The Roman Aqueduct at Nimes
Queenstown, New Zealand
TSS Earnslaw on lake Wakatipu
London, England
Springtime in Hyde Park
Mazamet, France
Baskets in the market square
Avignon, France
A wonderful lunch in the gardens of the Cathedral
Melbourne, Australia
Punting on the lake in the Botanic Gardens
Castres, France
Wonderful varieties of seafood in the market
Sometimes we get inspired to record some of the more memorable days of trips that we have made. They serve to remind us of the things that we have done, the places we have been to and the people we have met and if we do not record them we tend to forget great chunks of the times we have spent away.
For those viewing these diaries we hope you find them interesting but they are more likely to be of interest only to our family and friends.

A Day in Toulouse

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Mar 26, 2014

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Today was the most stressful day we have had since we arrived in France some three weeks ago. Apparently there is a list of things that are considered the most stressful and the top three are considered to be public speaking, the death of a family member and moving house. Well, I've got news for those who developed this list. As far as I can tell, for women at least, there is something that tops the list in spades. It occurs when women try to get their hair cut, coloured and styled in a foreign language and a foreign city. Believe me this is a terrible experience and no husband in his right... + details

Castres and Francisco Goya

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Mar 25, 2014

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France was shut as usual yesterday. In fact it's shut every Sunday, Monday and between midday and 2.00 pm every other day. At least in Mazamet and many other towns in France. The major cities don't have these restrictions but they are most inconvenient when they are applied. For those of us who are on holiday having trouble getting out of bed early in the morning, completing one's ablution and eating some breakfast before taking a short drive to the day's place of interest, it is usually close to midday when we are finally ready. The place we want to see is invariably shut so the only thing... + details

Stade Toulousian Rugby and Sunday Lunch

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Mar 23, 2014

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Since returning from our trip to Sarlat in the Dordogne we have been doing things in and around Mazamet. Jenny likes to have coffee at a small restaurant just off the main square. It is full of all sorts of tea, wine and lovely things and 'un gran cafe au lait' comes with hot milk in a jug, a glass of water and a crunchy biscuit. I'm not sure what they are but I have seen them in E Leclerc, the main and biggest supermarket in Mazamet. Next time we go shopping there we will have to buy some. Shopping in E Leclerc is an experience. It is a huge supermarket where it is possible to buy everything... + details

Beaumont du Perigord and Prudence

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Mar 19, 2014

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We spent the morning in Sarlat so that we could visit the market. It has only just got going after the winter break so the market stalls were a bit sparse. There is a covered market which is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and again on Fridays and Saturdays. It is in a spendid old building with the biggest doors to the market that I have ever seen. We previously bought some delicatessen stuff and in particular we bought some of the cheese that we had previously bought in Mazamet. It is a very old and very expensive cheese from the Auverne. The ratio of cheese to rind is about 2:1 so the unit... + details

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