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.

Market Day in Aussillon

Mar 13, 2014



The Aussillon market takes places every thursday in the town, rather than the village, of Aussillon. Having spent some time trying to find the market in the village the distinction between the town and the village is well imprinted on our minds. Once we found the market we parked, probably illegally, and started to wander around. There were a lot of stalls selling shoes, clothing, curtains and a whole lot of things that we didn't need but there was also a good undercover food market. There were some wonderful cheeses and we bought some Rochfort. As far as I know it's not possible to buy it... + details

Musee Toulouse-Lautrec & Cordes sur Ciel

Mar 12, 2014



We returned to Albi after having had a wonderful lunch just a few days earlier. This time we planned to see the art of Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa amongst other things. We missed the exhibition of his art which took place in Canberra a few months ago but it was much better to see it in the place of his birth. The Musee Toulouse-Lautrec is in the precincts of the cathedral and consists of three rooms of his art. The room which contained his art of the brothels in Paris was fascinating. The paintings treated the subjects with a high degree of respect without ever making a... + details

Hautpoul and La Cite, Carcassonne

Mar 11, 2014



There is much to do around Mazamet and we have started to explore the surrounding area before taking a few trips further afield. A day trip to Carcassonne started by stopping off at the medieval village of Hautpoul in the Black Mountains. Hautpoul is a small village on a rocky peak overlooking the town of Mazamet in the department of Tarn.  It is believed to have been founded in 413 by a Visigoth king and is considered as the entrance to the Montagne Noire and its vast forests.  The village provides a view into the world of the medieval settlement and how they lived and worked. It is... + details

Our first few days in Mazamet

Mar 8, 2014



After a rest and shower at the hotel in preparation for the twenty hour journey to Mazamet we set off for the airport for the 2355 pm flight to Toulouse via Frankfurt. Two things worried us: the first was the changeover time of one hour at Frankfurt and the second was the transport from Toulouse to Mazamet. Fortunately both went without a hitch. The flight to Frankfurt arrived thirty minutes early which gave a us plenty of time to walk what seemed like a couple of miles to gate A68 where we took the bus to the aircraft. For a moment I thought we were being driven to Toulouse since the bus... + details


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I am on the committee of Harlequin Rugby Union club but no longer play rugby union. However I thoroughly enjoy royal tennis at the Royal Melbourne Tennis Club in Richmond.

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