It has been a long while since I last blogged. Reason is that we are no longer wandering. We have arrived in the south of France and we hope to make it our home. The last two weeks have been spent with my parents, who have come here to test the prospects for their own permanent home. In the coming weeks we must find ourselves some rental accommodation, income and begin searching for a permanent family home.
These last weeks have been a train ride over Aude. Some of the sites we have revisited since our last sojourn here in October 2012. Others are new. The markets of Esperaza (Sunday), Mirepoix (Monday), medieval cities of Carcassone, Perpignan, Foix, castles of Peyrepertuse and Montsegur, the Templer fortress (for now its location must be kept a secret), on the trail of UFO’s, arks and grail’s in Rennes-les-Chateaux, Cardou and Bugarach, the Abbey of Lagrasse, the labyrinth of Nebias, swimming in the sulphur spring of Rennes-les-Bains, museums of Marionettes (Puivert), Dinosaurs (Esperaza), Hats (Esperaza), Automats (Limoux), gorges of Lys, Galamus and St. George, the cave grotto of Fontrabiouse, waterfalls, rivers, and lakes. Forests and snowy peaks. Bottles of fine red wine (Limoux) and sweet muscat (Maury). A taste of Petite France rubbing against independent Catalan.
We also returned to our friends who had broken down on route back to Czech. After a week their wheel hub finally arrived from Czech. It was for the wrong side but no matter – a little adjusting and it fit fine. The sender forgot to dispatch the rubber seals so we could not disassemble the hub and fit it piece by piece as would have been the correct way. It was an all or nothing job. With all the improvising it took us two days to reassemble. Then we discovered the opposite side wheel had come loose too! The Moroccan mechanic that had been paid to overhaul the wheel had only managed to round off every wheel stud. So our lovely family had to remain in Perpignan one more day to acquire a new set of studs. Hope you made it back to Czech!!
So what will happen to this blog now? I feel it is time to draw to a close the wandering overland travel writing until we are once more on the road (August we go to Austria inshallah).
Thinking economically I may continue to post on this blog about other subjects, our experience of moving to France, building a house, fanciful interests such as treasure hunting. I could and perhaps should use new domain names but that would be not be economic.
For now thanks for following our story and look out for a few more facts and figures to be posted in conclusion.
Adios, Beslamah, Ciao!