11:40

Today's ride: social(ish) spin up 40km climb to Col de Tentes. With a couple of refreshment stops grin Great day out smile

18:14

Apperos: bread, cheese, beer, rillettes & brie. Sat in sunshine looking out to a cloudy horizon. Simple things... smile

12:44

Col d'Aubisque... like I said not long ago: always better on a bike. Perfect day for it too.

21:09

Sunset from our neighbour's... erm... lawn wink Yes, you notice he finally got round to cutting it wink

11:21

Car-free cols day. Perfection! Bonus: Peyragudes airfield open to us! 1800m climbed (& descended) in just 64km - LOL!

12:39

Short ride up little hill with a million of my closest friends wink Tourmalet on TdF day. Absolute insanity! Love it!

16:41

First spotted on Hautacam in 2014... authorities bust our inflatable kangaroo for overstaying his visa! #harsh sad wink

12:43

Vini & Pizze in L'Isle-Jourdain: possibly the best pizza in France! Yum! tongue PS. Please excuse the hungry teenager wink

10:53

Summer in France just isn't complete without a little messing about in a field of sunflowers! grin wink

14:07

Arvo ice-cream stop as one desert just wasn't enough for some! Lucky someone else got up early to ride their bike! wink

12:28

Anniversary lunch at one of our favourite spots... with special family guest visiting from Aus. Amazing as always smile

09:17

Spectacular morning to be riding the Pyrenean foothills... 'nuff said.

20:47

End of another great day. Bonus: found this glass for my favourite beer in a junk sale yesterday, only 2E. Cheers! grin

16:44

Scenic way home: view from Col d'Aubisque & back along Cirque du Litor. Always a great drive. Obvs better by bike! wink

14:28

Marmots! Quite a rare sight, but somehow think they are used to the mountain train pausing at this spot. So cute! smile

13:50

Stunning Lac d'Artouste. 2000m up, but with the sunshine today & that crystal clear water, feels almost tropical.

13:18

Simple picnic on the rocks above Lac d'Artouste. Not a bad spot I guess wink Will spend more time up here next visit!

12:17

The train d'Artouste mountain railway. Bit of a tourist trap, but wonderful views & pretty entertaining all the same.

11:55

Taking a ski lift in summer - what's that all about then!? Always nice views from one of these things though! smile

06:32

Goooooood morrrrrrning Ainsa! Not a bad view to wake up to. Up and at it though - busy day ahead!

21:00

After dinner drinks, messing about with shadows, watching the sunset & just relaxing. Plaza Mayor de Ainsa. Cheers!

20:30

Dinner in Ainsa. See we're sat by the specials board & yes that's what we're eating. 15E/person for this. Nom, nom!

18:48

Wondering the old town of Ainsa. Perfect for lazy tourists as it's so tiny! Now, where's the medieval bar? wink

14:30

Village of Arties (Val d'Aran, Spain) seems to have a thing for bikes & colourful cattle. What's not to love?

13:35

Little jaunt to Spain. First call? Straight to one of our favourite tapas bars for an afternoon snack. Nom, nom! tongue

21:49

Sunset giving the mountains a wonderful glow tonight. Almost 10pm but sitting outside is lovely & warm & so tranquil.

11:39

What a day to see cols with our visitor! Below/in/above clouds. Many cyclists. Cattle & horses. Sunshine happiness smile

21:39

Closest thing to a local we have is still few Km away... but with beers like this who's complaining? Cheers! grin

19:24

Love a bit of roast duck! Nom, nom, nom! tongue

17:21

After some sweaty work in the garden well earned refreshments on the North terrace (more shady this side). Cheers! grin

11:18

Lac de Gaube, stunning as always... even with a bit of rain at the end.

10:38

The market at Saint-Jean-de-Luz. As you'd expect in a coastal town there's a bit of fish amongst the usual goodies!

19:51

Creperie Iguzkian in Hendaye. Nom, nom, nom! Even the crepes seem to taste better here in the Basque region! tongue

17:58

Swanning around Hendaye marina. Personally I don't see the point of a snail without wheels, but takes all sorts! wink

16:41

Stroll along Hendaye beach, with obligatory ice-cream stop. Shame about the clouds, but TBH almost nicer like that.

11:46

Oh look... pintxos for... well, let's call this brunch wink Managed to squeeze some desert this time too. Delicious! grin

11:13

Morning wonder around San Sebastian. Overcast & quiet, but still lovely. Now... which of these tapas bars is open? wink

21:53

More pintxos & sangria for the girls, beer & steak for me! Luuurve Basque food! PS. this is smallest cut on the menu!

21:46

San Sebastian old town is packed with pintxos bars like this. This one seems as good as any, so in we go... grin

14:45

The old town of San Sebastian isn't big, but still... one needs to take a break & rest once in a while wink Cheers! smile

13:45

Let the festival of pintxos begin! wink Nom, nom, nom! tongue

12:51

Arriving in San Sebastian: little walk along La Concha before we get to the serious business of the day... wink

14:11

When your teenage guest is missing the beach... we find ourselves at Lac de Lourdes. I'll admit water was lovely in.

20:47

Sunset dinner at friends. Curried meat & veg from their garden with refreshing homebrew beer. Yum! Thank you guys! smile

10:25

Middle of a heatwave? Time to head for the hills! wink Col d'Aspin was wonderfully refreshing. Moooooo! grin

07:26

Hmmmmmm... looks a bit cloudy down in the valley. Think I'll head up high today! smile

10:20

Sacre Coeur in Paris. Not often you see such beautiful light inside a church. Worth the climb up those steps! smile

09:50

Parisien coffee stop. Coffee? Blergh! But at least you can't go wrong with the accompaniment in a patisserie smile

09:13

You know Paris hotels are notorious for small rooms? Goes for lifts too, we barely fit in this one! #TakeTheStairs wink

20:55

After-dinner treats: tiramisu & beer! Cheers! Or nom, nom, nom? Or both?! wink