Holiday to France and Spain
with Jessica, Tom, Moira and Eli
August 2010


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The first leg of our holiday staying
with Tom, Jess and girls in this
lovely chateau in the Gers part of
France - near Toulouse
- thanks Sophie
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Part of the chateau where we were
staying - see how thick the walls
are
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Back door to the chateau
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This used to house birds with 
dog kennels below
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The courtyard
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The huge garden
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Happy!
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Strange contraption beside the
cooking range - for turning 
the meat?
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A delapidated part of the chateau
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One of the walks on the estate -
we bumped into deer further on
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Fields of sunflowers
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Covered market in the pretty little
 town of Mauvezin
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Pretty little town of Mauvezin -
covered medieval market
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A festival in Sarrant - a local 
bastide town
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A demonstration of how to play 
a hurdy gurdy
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Feeding ducks and geese in
 Monfort
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Back at the chateau - fun in
the hammock
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Bianca - the 'holiday dog'
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Great meal in a lovely setting -
Chateau Engalin
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At the Engalin restaurant
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Rooms for the restaurant
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Lovely restaurant
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Moira needed a nap!
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Driving towards the Pyrenees on our
way to Tom & Jess in Vilella Baixa,
Taragonna
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On our way to Spain through
the Pyrenees
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Stayed overnight in Barbastra - 
38 degrees!
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A fabulous 6-course meal for €18!!
including a nice bottle of wine -
 Restaurant San Ramón
at 2 Academia Cerbuna
Tel 974 312 825
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Taster of Salmorejo Cordobés 
con huevo de codorniz y 
langostino cocido
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Carpaccio de tomate rosa 
de la huerta de Barbastro
con secallona de graus y 
dados de queso feta
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Timbal de judías con salpicón 
de verduras y tiras de 
bacalao 'Empedrat'
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Jarrete de cordero lechal 
asado a baja temperatura 
con patata mortero
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Tataki de atün rojo con vinagreta
de frutas exóticas
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Carpaccio de piña aromatizada 
con menta y sorbete de citicos
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Sopa de chocolate blanco 
con espuma de ginebra 
y lyo-frambuesa
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Beautiful stained glass doors everywhere
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... and a free bottle of
Pirineos Mesache
from the Somontano wine region
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Arrival at Vilella Baixa - view up
to Tom and Jessica's house
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View of the village from the terrace
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Fun on the terrace
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The lovely Moira
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One of the meals Tom 
cooked on his new BBQ
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... and the lovely Eli
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A black dragon fly
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A trip up to Siurana in the 
Montsant area
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Overlooking the 
Siurana reservoir
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Moira and Eli break-dancing!
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Overlooking the Siurana reservoir
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Helen, Chris and Cecily came
to join us for the weekend
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Went to d'Escala Dei for a meal 
at the Restaurante El Rebost 
de la Cartoixa

remember the flies!!
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... and the lovely Cecily 
with her Daddy
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¡El Señor!
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A visit, lunch and a tasting at the
 Buil y Giné bodega in the Priorat
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Auntie Jess and Cecily
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Helen entertaining the girls while we wait for our meal at the end of the visit
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Grandad with Cecily
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Fun in the park
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A walk to the pond
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Eli spots a crocodile!
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And around the plantation
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A visit to a Lithuanian restaurant
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More salt cod and beans
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Pig's head terrine
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Walk up to a Hermitage, past an award-winning design for a bodega, which makes organic Priorat
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Very hot after a mile or so climb
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... and walking back down the hill again
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Not sure where this is!
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The third and final part of our holiday. Writing on wing of plane taking us to Mallorca (Pisar = to walk!)
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One night in Palma - beautiful city, very green
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Meal in Palma - after this we had Black Rice with Squid but I forgot to get a photo - it was really good!
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Tempura of Monkfish with 1 in 7 chillies
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Catching the wooden Victorian train from Palma to Sóller, running since 1912
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Old vintage wooden train we 
took from La Palma to Sóller
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Photo stop en route
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The ceiling in our hotel in Sóller - La Vila Hotel - overlooking the square
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In our hotel in Sóller overlooking 
the
pretty square 
(Plaçça Constitutión)
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The train winds around the town
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Lunch of tuna salad
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The garden restaurant of the Hotel Vila in Sóller
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Scallops and mango
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Salad with pears
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The garden restaurant 
in our Hotel Villa
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Breakfast on the veranda in front of Montse Palmer paintings
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Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon
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Visit to Port Sóller
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Trip along the North coast ...
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... to the secluded Port of 
Sa Calobra
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Couldn't resist this bit of eye
 candy!!!!
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... or this!  
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Coming back into Port Sóller
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 ... notice how the yacht is reversing into its berth
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Back in Sóller for last night
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Last meal in Sóller
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Decking out the plaça for the
 Festival of St Bartholomeo
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Leaving Sóller on way back to Palma and the mainland
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On the Brittany Ferries "Pont-Aven" - lovely new boat
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Spanish practice
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