Barcelona, Spain to Marambat, France

I uploaded my second video of the trip. You can see it on YouTube here. I’m about two weeks behind in creating videos. I already miss playing cards with Brian and JoAnn but I guess I can use that time to edit videos. I do enjoy creating them.

I received my French vaccination passport!! What a relief! I sent my paperwork in September 3 so it took a little over 3 weeks to get. Without it I would have had to be tested every three days while we are in France. I had a covid test before I left Barcelona so I could ride the train. While we were on the train my QR code arrived!!

We took a taxi to the train station and had coffee there while we waited for our train.

Breakfast while we wait for the train

We took the high speed train into France and then changed to a local train to Toulouse where we rented a car and drove about an hour west to the little town of Marambat.

Our train in Barcelona
On the train

We have seen many fields of sunflowers over the last two weeks but for the first time we finally saw a field being harvested.

Harvesting sunflowers

We are staying in a wonderful old French house, Villa Marambat. It was used by the resistance during the war. The owners Aline and Jean Pierre have been very welcoming.

Jean Pierre helped us with our bags.
Plaque on the side of Villa Marambat commemorating the Resistance
Villa Marambat

For a casual dinner Aline suggested a restaurant, Lou BAR’ataclau, in the nearby town of Vic-Fezensac. It was perfect. The waiter recommended a bottle of wine and offered to make us a charcuterie to share. As we watched the lady across the street close her shutters for the night I thought that except for the kinds of cars the street probably hasn’t changed much since WWII.

Our dinner at Lou BAR’ataclau
The street in Vic-Fezensac

After 25 tries to get just the right selfie I finally got this one.

Duke and at dinner.