August 31, 2014
The vineyard roundabout in Argeles, South of France
August 25, 2014
The madam at Cap Leucat, France: Looking out for pirates from the Barbary Coast
August 24, 2014
Tasting St. Emilion in St. Emilion - Bordeaux, France
August 22, 2014
Sunday along Canal du Midi near Toulouse in France
This 360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution. The care that its creator, Pierre-Paul Riquet, took in the design and the way it blends with its surroundings turned a technical achievement into a work of art.
August 19, 2014
Running along Canal du Midi in Toulouse, France
We had last weekend a long bike tour along Canal du Midi in Toulouse, France.
The Madam relax with an ice-tea after biking app 50 km along the Canal du Midi in Toulouse
August 13, 2014
Soon to be: A.O.C. Collioure 2014 wine from France
WIKI: The area has around 700,000 acres (2,800 km2) under vines and is the single biggest wine-producing region in the world, being responsible for more than a third of France's total wine production. As recently as 2001, the region produced more wine than the entire United States.
Wine production have a long tradition in Collioure as documented here:
WIKI: Viticulture was likely introduced to the area soon after the ancient Greeks introduced winemaking to the Languedoc are in the 6th century BC.
Under the Romans, viticulture spread throughout the area with the nearby cities of Narbonne, Carcassonne and Perpignan being major centers for the trade of Roussillon wine from areas like Collioure.
For a large part of its history, the region has been under Spanish rule and was even a part of the Catalonia region until the mid-17th century. Like other Roussillon wine regions, this Spanish influence can be seen in the types of wines produced here. Even today, wine experts such as Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson describe the wines of Collioure as being more like Spanish wines in profile than French.
August 12, 2014
A small village called Port-Vendres in South of France
August 9, 2014
Biking from Girona to Sant Feliu de Guixols in Spain (Catalonia)
August 6, 2014
Jardin de Papillons in Elne, South of France
I must admit that I have no knowledge of butterflies - which did not stop me from a short visit to this Butterfly Park in Elne, South of France.
Enjoy the photo which was taken inside a green house (hot house) with some +35C...
August 5, 2014
Summer souvenirs from Collioure in South of France
I have posted many photos from this small village - not so far from the Spanish border.
colorful and charming - not least with the high season summer life down here by the shores of the Mediterranian.
Cote Vermielle starting here - changing name in Spain to Costa Brava - stretching almost to Barcelona.
2 photos stitched.