Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Canoeing on the River Orb, plus lots of Bastille Day fireworks

Only a quick entry today, as it is so hot down here in Languedoc – for all that I love it here, I really am not very good at coping with heat!

Yesterday, we went canoeing on the River Orb, on a 9 kilometre strech between Poujols-sur-Orb and Tarassac. This is the third year running we have tackled this stretch and it is always a fun (albeit tiring) day. Lots of rapids to contend with, along with plenty of deep, slow water inbetween. And the scenery is, of course, stunning……….

A typical view from the River Orb

The wildlife is also varied and abundant, with kingfishers, eagles, herons, dragonflys, lizards, mountain goats all putting in appearances. This really is the most glorious place to spend a day, and at just 92 Euros for five of us, not expensive. If you fancy giving it a try, drop me an email and I’ll be happy to give you some tips.

The stunning scenery of the Haut Languedoc, north-east of Saint Chinian

Yesterday was 14 July, Bastille Day, and it seemed like every village in the region was celebrating. We had seen a firework display the night before in Marseillan, but last night from around 10pm onwards, all around our hideaway near Neffies, the horizon was lit-up by multi-coloured pyrotechnics from at least half a dozen of the surrounding villages. Very impressive – and a lot warmer than Bonfire Night!
Now we are off to the beach again……………. ;-)

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