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.

Villages of Vaucluse, Provence

May 17, 2014



We left Avignon to head for Aix-en-Provence and on the way visited Gordes, St Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence and Arles. Each one of these villages would warrant more than a day to see everything that they have to offer but we crammed four villages in one day. No wonder we were exhausted when we finally got to Aix-en-Provence. We spent most time in Gordes and Les Baux de Provence. Both of them were exquisite in their different ways. Gordes was a little like Cordes sur Ciel insofar as it was possible to see the village from a distance upon a hill whereas Les Baux de Provence was... + details

Pont du Gard and Avignon

May 16, 2014



We planned a few days in Provence and stopped at the Pont du Gard on our way to Avignon. The bridge was built in the 1st century AD, and is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and, with the Aqueduct of Segovia, is one of the best preserved. It was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its historical importance. The bridge has three tiers of arches, standing 48.8 m (160 ft) high. The whole aqueduct descends in height by only 17 m (56 ft) over its entire length, while the bridge descends by a mere 2.5 cm (0.98 in) – a gradient of only 1 in 3,000 – which is... + details

Port Vendres to Mazamet

May 11, 2014



On the way back to Mazamet we decided to stop at Rivesaltes to visit Cazes winery and have lunch at La Table D'Aimé. It was shut, so we continued onto Narbonne where we stopped for lunch near Les Halles. It was a beautiful building and the interior was full of stalls and places where a wine with a plate of charcuterie would have been very pleasant. Unfortunately it was getting late and was packed with Narbonnais who had the same idea as us. We left the indoor market and found a small, but very pleasant restaurant where we stopped for a meal. Outside of the restaurant a very well dressed... + details

Port Vendres and Collioure

May 9, 2014



Our next door neighbours in Mazamet suggested that we should visit the coastal resorts of the Pays Catalan. We booked into a small apartment in Port Vendres using Airbnb for the first time. We were a little apprehensive, this being our first Airbnb experience, but the apartment was rather attractive with everything we needed. It was located a few steps from the harbour and the main street which was lined with restaurants on one side and the water just across the road. Cafe Les Templiers Port Vendres is a working port as well as being a tourist destination and it is just... + 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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