Saint Vincent

Yesterday was Saint Vincent (patron saint of wine and wine growers) days. The yearly march through town, benediction of the wine and banquet took place. Have a look here


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Happy New Year

It has been a busy and very much enjoyable 2018. My first complete year as a retired person and in Carcassonne in the south of France. Life is good here, loads to enjoy. Met many new friends.

I wish everyone a Happy New Year 2019

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Trip to the seaside

It is getting much cooler in town. I have been craving for some seafood and in particular urchins (now that the season is open). So I decided last weekend to hit the Meditarenean cost.

It is not too far from our house, a mere 45 minutes heading east to Narbonne. A few minutes more on the motorway heading south towards Spain and you come up the town of Leucate.

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In fact Leucate is a combination of a few places: Leucate village, Leucate Plage, Leucate Port Nouvelle. It is a real holiday destination which as far as I am concerned needs to be avoided in the high season.

At this time of year, it is of course much quieter. It is even fairly difficult to find a restaurant open.

We letf Carcassonne at 11am with a temperature of 3C. We parked the car at Port Nouvelle at 11:50 registering a very pleasant 18C. What a difference. The place was busy with the weekly market.


There is apparently always an enourmous queue at this stand serving roasted chicken Portuguese art.


And of course what I always love… a harbour with boats and in particular sailing boats.


I think it is always windy there. It is windsurfers, kitesurfers paradise. Yesterday was no exception, surfers were literally zooming along. There is a world championship of some sort every year. I must take the time and have a look at the time.

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The area is one long and wide beach after the other.

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It has also spectacular views being right next to the snow covered Pyrenees mountains.

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Did I find the sea food I wanted? The answer is NO. Shame really but the atmosphere and the views made up for it.

HAd a leisurely drive back to Carcassone cross country, avoiding the motorway, through the Corbière region following mostly the well known Route 20.

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Fibre broadband

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Since a couple of days, I can see workers on  my street setting up the cables. So I checked on line what the latest status was and indeed fibre is now available on my block. I shall be informed as soon as my house will be eligible which I hope will be in the coming weeks.

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July is the month of the music festival in Carcassonne. Everyday there are concerts taking place at the same time in different locations around town. Most of them are open to all and free of charge.

Up in the Cité however, it is usually better known artists and one has to pay.

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I have just ordered tickets for the Joan Baez concert on July 15th 2019.

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Saint Nicholas

First day / evening back in Germany.. Found my friends in the pub.

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No traffic

Off to Toulouse airport tomorrow morning, so I am checking the motorway web cams to see if there are any blockage which would mean taking alternative routes. Everything seems to be fine at the moment. Will check again before I leave tomorrow.

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