Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Holiday Destinations - Narbonne France

Holiday Destinations - Narbonne France:

In front of the Hotel de Ville you can find a small portion of the Roman road called the Via Domitia. This was the first Roman road built in Gaul and when originally constructed it was 500km long and connected the French Alps to the French Pyrenees.

It was only discovered in 1997 when there were building works going on to re-organise the Hotel de Ville. It is now a main feature of the square and if you ever get to see it, and you look quite closely, you can see the ruts that have been scored into the lime flagstones over the years.

It is one of many places of interest in Narbonne and you can visit my hub via the link above to find out a little more about what Narbonne has to offer. Like Le Canal de la Robine which is featured in the photograph, the Halles de Narbonne and much more.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Icelandic Volcano News

The advice for anyone traveling from the UK and concerned about disruption due to the Icelandic Volcano eruptions is, courtesy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as follows:

We advise all British nationals planning to travel to the UK to remain in close contact with their airlines, especially before going to the airport.
  • Your flight may have been cancelled and you may have been rebooked onto another flight.
  • You can find more information on the situation at individual airports in the UK on the DirectGov website.
  • Check with your travel insurance provider to see what help they can offer. 
  • The Foreign Office website is also updated regularly with useful information.
Preparing to travel
  • Your flight could be delayed further and you will not be given access to any luggage you have checked-in. You may want to keep a supply of any medications and toiletries in your hand-luggage.
  • Let family and friends in the UK now your travel plans and if you have been delayed.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Sete France - Some Tourist Information

Just recently we had to make a trip to Bezieres & Cap d'Agde Airport close to the Mediterranean coastline. It was a return trip to deliver daughter and grandchildren back to catch their seriously delayed flight to Germany; courtesy of the volcano eruption in Iceland.

To be honest they weren't too upset about it, because during the the extra week they spent with us the weather here was absolutely gorgeous and we were able to open the pool for the kids to have a swim. That's the earliest we have ever managed to do that and it is our first ever April opening.

What we love about using the airport down there is that we get a chance to explore the coastline and this trip was no exception. The last time we went down it was Cap d'Agde we went to see, but this time having had a look at the map we decided that going to Sete might be useful, both because it looked completely surrounded by water, which made it a very interesting prospect, and it was a chance to gather a little tourist information for Sete and the surrounding area.

We tried driving right into Cap d'Agde to begin with, thinking we would be able to find a coastal road out from there. But it doesn't actually work like that, you have to bypass the town and follow the main road signs for Sete. It's not long though before you find yourself alongside one of the longest and sandiest beaches I have seen on the Mediterranean coastline. I have to say, beautiful as the Mediterranean is, there are stretches along this coast road that are a bit industrial looking, not helped by the fact they had some huge diggers there doing major landscaping works. We decided to persevere however and found that as we got closer to Sete that the scenery improved and there were lots of facilities for visiting the beach. It was also camper van paradise, loads of self drive caravans virtually parked on the beach all along the road.

We started to head into town and then we saw a sign saying 'Panoramique', we did have a few other things to do that day, so we had to make a decision; town centre or go for the views.

We decided on the views and set off up the hill to the viewpoint. I think it was a good decision because from the viewpoint you get to find out that Sete is almost an island, there literally is water all around the town. The 'table de orientation' gives you the best idea of where everywhere is from the very top of the hill and you can literally see for miles, even though the day we were there it was a little bit hazy. You can click on the photographs to see them full size, which helps with the detail a little bit.

Sete is a fairly significant port, for obvious reasons, and as such sees a fairly rich mix of different cultures from all the sea faring visitors it gets. You don't need to think too hard about what the specialties of many of the restaurants are here either as it is known as the 2nd biggest fishing port in France. The town boasts an old sector, a prominent lighthouse, a lovely canal and the royal harbour which was built in the 18th century.

You can visit the Office De Tourisme  to find out more about the 'Little Venice of Languedoc' as it is fondly descibed.

I have a feeling that we will be visiting Sete again in the not too distant future, and this time we will turn right towards the town centre and go see exactly what else it has to offer, the views were magnificent but we couldn't help thinking that there was still so much more to see. Still when all is said and done I think the trip went from a shaky start to a reasonably satisfactory conclusion, but definitely a bit more investigation required.

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