Category Archives: Canal du Midi

Approach to the tunnel

Gallery 2: Canal du Midi

In the inner courtyard and in the Chateau | Carcassonne In the inner courtyard and in the Chateau | Carcassonne In the inner courtyard and in the Chateau | Carcassonne In the inner courtyard and in the Chateau | Carcassonne Yet another goat cheese salad – yum! | Carcassonne I made another visit to St. […]

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Looking back on the last (of many) of the afternoon's hills

Gallery 1: Canal du Midi

Bikes safely packed away | in a train Arrival at Gare de l'est | Paris | Paris I love this little street – very colorful | Paris Le miroir d'eau (water mirror) along the promenade | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bordeaux I was amused by the stick figures | Bordeaux Entrance […]

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16: Weaving through Paris

[map style=”width: auto; height:300px; margin:20px 0px 20px 0px; border: 1px solid #777777;” gpx=”http://saras-bike-travels.de/wp-content/uploads/gpxFiles/20110821_day15_reduced.gpx”] Day 16 Sunday, 21.08.2011 Route Bordeaux – Paris – Augsburg Distance 19,13 km Elapsed Ride Time 1 hrs. 45 min.

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15: Back to the Beginning

5:15 came awfully early – we both had one of those nights where we woke up practically every hour because we were paranoid about oversleeping. In spite of it all, we made it to the train station in plenty of time, taking one last short ride through the empty early morning streets in Séte.The train […]

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14: Cooling down in the Mediterranean

We must have both been exhausted, because we didn’t wake up until nearly 9:00. We availed ourselves of the lovely breakfast buffet and by about 10:30 set out for the day’s activities.First stop was the train station, where we checked out the lay of the land. We found out which was our track for our […]

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13: The End of the Trail

The day started with a lovely breakfast at our pension. Once again we had fresh homemade jams which accompanied the flaky croissants, warm mini-raisin snails and whole wheat fig rolls. We left the baguette untouched. It was really a wonderful pension.As we got on the road shortly after 9, the sky was overcast and there […]

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12: Roots, Ruts & Rocks

Away from the funky gite by 9:15, 1st stop 40 meters from the gites at the little shop in the canal boat (I had seen it on TV!) where we picked up more water and bread, cheese, tomatoes and olives for lunch.Unbelievably, the guy at the gite had said that the trail was better between […]

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11: 30 KM in 4 ½ hours…

Actually, the day would have been just fine except for two things – the heat and the trail.By the time we got out of Carcassonne it was nearly 10:00 and already about 85 degrees. Lovely temperature for a ride in the shade. There was a pleasant breeze as we were riding and for the first […]

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10: Medieval Madness

To our horror we found out that August 15th is the busiest day of the year at Carcassonne. (Neither of us being a big a fan of huge crowds.)We took taxi up to the Cité and arrived at around 10. The first thing we did was buy tickets so we could walk around ramparts to […]

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9: Chez Sarah, the Gite from Hell

One of the reasons we chose this place was the name. Unfortunately the charm of my name (spelled wrong) didn’t bring any extra points.Vera was lucky and slept like a log. I slept horribly – the bed was too skinny, the pillow too full of polyester, and every time I breathed in I got a […]

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