Holiday to France

5 to 15 August 2011


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First sight of the Lady Sofie and Jessica ...
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... Moira and ...
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Tom - in his usual place!
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Sofie, Pedro and Ines
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Pedro washing up in the stone sink
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Cuca, Fernanda and Jo waiting for dinner
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Jess and Sofie
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Tom preparing mussels
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Worth waiting for
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Tom having a well earned rest in the courtyard
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Sheep shearing at Sarrant Medieval Festival
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The children (and adults) enjoyed the games
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Yes - that's Eli
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... and there's Moira!
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Making pizzas in this ...
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... lovely portable pizza oven
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(Four a Flammeau,
Molsheim 67 nr Strasbourg)
or here or here
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The church at Sarrant
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Back at the games
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Sofie's scrummy tortillas back at the chateau
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A day out in Toulouse
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'Le Miroir' - a very good place for lunch
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Coffee, a chocolate mousse, a verine (strawberries and cream), and a caramel cream
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On the sightseeing train
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In the courtyard
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Benjamin came to play
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A walk along an estate path!
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These meadows would make a great golf course
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Back at the chateau is la pigeonniere
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Unfortunately, bits of the estate are crumbling
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Play area
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A tour around the kitchen
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Driving range at L'isle Jourdain
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... and the clubhouse
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Main road in Montfort
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Nice camper van
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An Auvergne Truffade being prepared in Mauvezin village square - potatoes, onions and lardons (Recipe here)
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then creme fraiche
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and then Tomme cheese is melted in
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Eli and Benjamin having a cuddle in the hammock
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Lulu, Nacho, Leon and Freida camped in the courtyard
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Pedro on the quad bike
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Tom's delicious cous cous
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and pastra
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The usual nightly game of cards
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A trip out to Auch
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Plus a memorial overlooking the river
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Interesting design!
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D'Artagnan country
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The golf course at Auch
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very steep
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Hugo and Barbara arrive
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Holiday reading
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The chateau's vegetable patch
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Trip to Marciac
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Garden furniture for sale
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Assiette de fruits de mer for lunch
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Marciac is famous for its international jazz festival - runs for a 
fortnight (www.jazzinmarciac.com)
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Lime and blackcurrent sorbets
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More music!
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Hugo and Barbera tortillas - courgette and aubergine
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Grated tomatoes plus garlic and oil spread over bread - heaven!
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More food
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Hugo - holding a prize?
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... wind?
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Trip to Fleurance
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... and Lectoure
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Rummikub back at the chateau - Fernanda and David with Pedro and Sofie
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Barbara's version of the Truffade - 
a Tartiflett from the Haute Savoire (Recipe here)
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Delicious
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Fernanda and David
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New game - Pit
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Saying goodbye to Hugo and Bianca
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Driving north
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Stopped at Beaumont de Perigord
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Then on to Périgueux
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Good wines and a ...
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... lovely meal at La Ferme St Louis restaurant
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Too much to eat (and drink)
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Wild meadow at a service station
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Hotel Les Arcades at Roscoff. All very good - room, location, food, band in the square and the fireworks
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Band warming up
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The Armorique to take us home
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Excellent 'acostage' in Plymouth

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