101 Uses For a Lamp Post.

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We have had poor wifi connections recently so the blog is a bit behind; we are currently in Spain.

After Domme we visited the chateau of Castelnaud, a few miles west down the dordogne valley.

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It is a lovely castle, with commanding views over the Dordogne, which was destroyed and rebuilt many times over the last 9 or so centuries. It was in the thick of the fighting in the hundred years war and was for many years an English possession.

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It is now a museum of military history and houses a selection of bizarre weapons; the beast at the top was built on a design of Leonardo da Vinci and seems to be able to fire in many directions at once. Handy if you are being attacked at night I guess. Must get one for the motorhome.

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There is also a good collection of siege engines or trebuchets, for hurling boulders and other projectiles at the enemy’s chateau.
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First stop after Castelnaud was Toulouse, a rather grim campsite in a run down area, but close to a water sports park where we watched nautiskiing, as they call it.

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The guy in red spotted I was taking pictures, waved to me, and started doing some quite impressive back and forward flips.

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There was a gypsy camp just next to our campsite, with loads of rather haphazard wires going from a lamp post in to their site. While we walking by some guy walked nonchalantly out from one of the caravans and gave the wiring a good poke with a long stick….good to see a master electrician at work.

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Next stop Montrejeau, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, for an overnight stop.

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Then through the Pyrenees to Camping Baliera near Bonansa, a great site just over the Spanish border.

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Mavis in the trees at Baliera.

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There is a short walk up into the hills behind the campsite to this old castle in the village of Castane (population : 6).

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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2 comments on “101 Uses For a Lamp Post.
  1. Chris R. says:

    Ah Bonansa. I hope you all sang the song when you saw the village? We got there on the single track road with no passing places – I hope you found a wider one for mavis2. We stayed at El Pont de Suert.

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Places Visited
Dordogne Guide
Our Guide to Bordeaux, the Médoc and the Dordogne

Our Dordogne Guide Book is now available. See motorhomefrance.com

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