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.

The Cathar Castle at Minerve

Apr 19, 2014



Saturday mornings are usually taken up with a trip down the road to the market and a coffee at Cafe de la Paix with the rest of Mazamet. This Saturday seemed to be different. The sun was shining and there was a spring in everyone's step, what's more there was some fantastic music being played by a small group of 'Bob Marley' style musicians. It was great and changed the whole atmosphere of the market. In the afternoon we took a short(ish) drive to Minerve to see the ruins of one of the Cathar Castles. Minerve is classified as 'one of the most beautiful villages in France'. We drove along... + details

Castres 22 - Montpellier 15

Apr 18, 2014



The south of France is fanatical about rugby union and Castre-Olympique were 2013 champions. With two rounds to go before the final series Castre were in sixth place and had a must win game against Montpellier to remain in the top six. So it was when we headed off to the Stade Pierre Antoine to watch the match. We went with two fanatical CO supporters and got to the match with plenty of time to spare. Time enough to wander around the stadium to the stall that served oysters and seafood brochettes with a glass of wine. The French do their rugby in style! Not only was the match important... + details

Roquefort Cheese & The Viaduc de Millau

Apr 16, 2014



After each day away we seem to need a few days to get the shopping, washing and cleaning up to date. I'm sure that's not the correct ratio (a few days of domesticity to one day of sight seeing) but it just seems that way. However after our trip to see the 'Viaduc du Viaur' we had to collect the tickets for the rugby match this coming Friday and we also had to navigate our way through some house maintenance. We woke up one morning to find there was no heating and no hot water. I went down in the cellar to reset 'la chaufage' but it kept failing so we needed Jacques Pistres, the plumber to... + details

The 'Viaduc du Viaur'

Viaduc du Viaur

Apr 12, 2014



We decided to see the Viaduc du Viaur today but stopped at Albi on our way towards Rodez. Markets are everywhere on Saturdays and we have finally realised that they are designed for people to buy things. There was quite a while when we thought they were just there for tourists to gawk at and have a coffee somewhere close by. There are four markets in Albi on Saturdays and we decided to go to the covered market not far from the Cathedral. The building is most interesting and it is a beautiful market and maybe just this one was designed for tourists although we did buy a number of provisions... + details


Links to my sporting clubs

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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Royal Melbourne Tennis Club

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