13:37

Awoke to a pretty grey & dreary day soooo... went to Pau for a curry. As you do! wink Nom! tongue

11:58

Riding through stunning autumn colours. Sometimes not all about the mountains, though they do look amazing today too!

17:16

Walkies! wink Helping neighbour with his unruly donkeys. Pls excuse my attire: been shovelling gravel & rocks all day!

07:42

Sunday morning sunrise from the front door. Not a bad effort given last night's festivities! grin Just beautiful smile

19:50

Whoa... teal & yellow! Random flyer from pub this evening: Reminds me of good times in Sydney. Erm... I think! wink

18:47

Great night out with friends in local town. Real pints, outrageous steak & profiteroles on offer. Nom, nom, nom! tongue

16:16

Random shot from the road: Panta d'Escales reservoir. Lovely autumn colours along the route today. Very enjoyable.

20:48

Swanky place we had apperos at fully booked for dinner, so ate at nearby tapas bar. Works for us & more economic too!

19:21

Appero time! Well, Spanish style: sangria by the beach. Cheers! smile

19:10

Sunset at Blanes. Seems like every beach here has a group of small fishing boats for tourists to snap. Works well smile

13:13

Lunch @ Pou de la Vila, Tossa de Mar. Glad we resisted temptation to eat on seafront - still beautiful & superb food.

10:46

Change from the coast, some nice hills around here too. Village of Hostalric a stand out in it's Autumn colours. Wow!

08:07

Sunrise at Blanes. Bit too cloudy on the horizon TBH, but only here for 2 nights so best I could manage am afraid sad

12:24

Passing few mins on Tossa de Mar beach as restaurant we'd like to try not open yet. Spanish lunch hours: terrible! wink

11:54

Just what you want to see on a recovery ride wink Head NE from Llafranc beach (very pretty place) if you fancy it! grin

10:52

More beaches & beautiful little villages today. Gotta say am liking the off season here - quiet & perfect weather smile

11:20

Today's ride: From Spanish coast into hills & back, then coastal road dropping down to the occasional beach. Awesome!

16:52

What more beach? Off season in practically empty Calonge on a lovely sunny evening. Nice when it's not crazy busy! smile

08:09

On the road early today - has it's advantages! Through gorges, forests & vineyards in this wonderful light. A Treat!

20:25

Dinner at Asily, Quillan. Superb Asian food & someone else 'accidentally' paid which was far too generous - thx! smile

14:15

In Arreau this arvo showing tourist friends about. Looking beautiful in the Autumn colours & light.

12:38

Lunchtime beer at Lac de Payolle. Sometimes showing tourist guests around isn't so hard! wink

12:22

Lunch @ L'Arcoch, Payolle. Looks basic, but don't be put off - hearty & tasty! The beer is great too so a winner! grin

20:50

Local dinner at O2C, Bagneres-de-Bigorre. Thanks to our tourist friend for treating us - sublime modern French food!

20:11

Few tapas plates in Hondarribia old town. Octopus, basque sausage, croquettes. Plus beer & sangria of course. Cheers!

09:52

From beach, inland into rolling hills & finale over Jaizkibel coastal road. Latter in particular has amazing views!

08:00

Ocean sunrise from Hondarribia. OK, OK... so sometimes a visit to the coast can be alright wink

12:22

Very pretty Basque village of Ainhoa, super close to Fr/Es border. I cycled here earlier & returned for closer look.

20:53

Dinner at Restaurant Bonnet, Itxassou. Amazing food in a lovely traditional dining room. Highly recommended!

12:36

Today's ride: popped over into Spain, as you do wink It's all Basque Country though & such a beautiful region. Love it!

19:28

Dinner at Haize Hegoa, Itxassou. Nice bar with great view - shame it's dark outside. Great burger & steak though! grin

14:46

Legend Bridge (& others) in Sauveterre-de-Bearn. Originally built in 12th century but destroyed by floods in 18th.

14:57

At last! New signage & decked seating area atop the Tourmalet. So everyone finally knows where your pics are taken wink

20:59

Still great food, but atmosphere in a fave tapas bar much subdued due to health regs. Hope it's back to normal soon!

20:17

Evening in rather misty Arties (Val d'Arun, Spain). Love this little village, always beautiful even in this weather.

15:24

V.happy Pratiwi after glass or 2 of lunchtime wine, with great food of course, La Seu d'Urgell. Lucky I'm driving wink

13:49

Cafe Orient, La Seu d'Urgell. 3 course lunch with slabs of meat & bottle of wine for 13E each. Welcome to Spain! smile

11:33

Estany de Puigcerda. This little pond is quite an unexpected find in the middle of a mountain town. Pretty place.

09:59

Today's ride: Font Romeu -> 34km descent (blast down the N116) -> beautiful climbs back to the start. Love this area!

07:45

Campsite sunrise. Gonna be a great day! smile

20:12

This evening's accomodations: altitude camp in Font Romeu. Tomorrow's ride should be interesting grin wink

15:04

Messing around on the shores of Lac de Matemale smile

13:19

Drove up, rode down. Main roads normally not good to ride, but this (N116) is twisty as & drops 1200m in 15km. Ye-ha!

12:25

Villefranche-de-Conflent: v.impressive on approach, but hard to photograph inside. So, erm, sorry few tourist pics wink

20:46

Argeles Plage beachfront by night. Plenty colourful cafe, bars & restaurants. And plenty busy even after August peak!

19:30

Fabulous Thai @ Sabai Sabai in Argeles Plage. No entree, but ordered 3 mains & devoured the lot! Highly recommended.

16:47

The Med! We're not really beach people, but now & then have to remind ourselves mountains were the correct choice! wink

12:02

Love randomly finding finish line graphics from a TdF stage on the road: 2021 stage 14 in Quillan so nice & fresh!

15:45

Late lunch in the snail. Fried rice with veggies & a little leftover meat. Nice glass of rose too. Simple but yum! smile

11:17

Port de Lers & Col de Port. Former a testy little bugger who's stats don't do it justice. Absolutely beautiful tho.