Monday, March 17, 2014

Random exploring

Donna-Lane and I love to explore new places, or places that are new to me that she's willing to revisit.

The other day we walked through the village, past the highway, and up the slope of the nearest mountain for about 3km (2 miles), so 4 miles roundtrip, the downhill being much easier than the up. D-L described the journey in her blog -- http://theexpatwriter.blogspot.ch/2014/03/the-road-taken-and-taken-and-taken.html.
 
Our destination was the Ermitage Notre Dame de Vie à Argelès-sur-Mer, which dates to at least the late 13th century.

However, we didn't quite make it. Despite assurances from a woman near the horse and donkey retirement farm that the eglise was not much further up the hill, we gave up after the fourth or fifth bend in the winding road and no ancient stone church in sight.

So today, after picking up the license plates to our new/used car (an event which D-L will describe in her blog tomorrow), she suggested we use diesel power to retrace our steps up the mountain and find the ruins.

We were relieved that l'eglise was not just around the bend where we had given up last week. That would have been frustrating. Rather, it was at least another three-quarters of a mile.

We didn't have time to explore the place, as the late afternoon light was already fading. But we'll go back someday, maybe even walk, now that we know exactly how far.

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