Hiking tour in the Pyrenees mountains of France

July 26-Aug. 10, 2008

Our 2008 summer vacation lasted for 2 weeks, starting in Toulouse, then Carcassonne where we spent 4 nights. A 7-day self-guided hike in the Pyrenees was organized by Tour Adventure, and we really enjoyed it even though it was pretty hot. We then rented a car to visit Louise's cousins in Laguépie before flying home to Copenhagen.

The 2 of us at the Japanese garden in the city park in Toulouse, France.

 

Our first view of the big medieval castle in Carcassonne, France. It was built in 1130.

 

The front entrance of the castle. There were lots of tourists there. Our hotel for 4 nights was only a couple of blocks away from this spot.

 

We rented bikes and rode along the Canal de Midi, which was built in the 1600's to connect Toulouse with the Mediterranean Sea. It was a beautiful ride.

 

I liked this colourful arrangement of pinwheels we saw at a tourist shop.

 

This is the little train that took us from Carcassonne up into the Pyrenees. Our hiking tour started here in the small town of Quillan.

 

Louise in full hiking mode, on our first day on the trail.

 

Our 2nd day of hiking through Cathar castle country. The day's hike was 15 km long, which was our maximum limit.

 

Our 5th and final day of hiking was really hot but the scenery was beautiful.

 

We celebrated our athletic triumph with a nice dinner out.

 

As well as lots of grape vines, we saw many sunflower fields all over the south of France.

 

Our holiday concluded with nice visits in Laguépie with Louise's cousins Sonia and Amanda. This viewpoint overlooks the historical town of Najac.

 

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