After welcoming the new year in most peaceful motorhome aire at Vias, near Adonis’s Mum and Dad’s home, we will be ready to get on the road again in a couple of days.
During the last few days, we have enjoyed lazy strolls along Portiragnes and Sérignan beaches, where we saw a large flock of pink flamingos, but unfortunately too far to photograph, and along the Canal du Midi, that marvellous feat of engineering that links the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, 250 km.
Beautiful as it was to walk along this famous canal, it was very sad to see that, due to the infection of the fungus Ceratocystis platani, which is believed to have been brought to France in contaminated ammunition boxes used by US troops during the second world war (sourced from the guardian.com), many of the thousands of plane trees that line the canal had to be felled, leaving great gaps along the path. It was thought that all the trees along the canal would have to be destroyed, but it looks like they have managed to save quite a few so far and I hope they will stay, as they are very sculptural and picturesque and UNESCO listed.
However, it is lovely to see these grapes growing alongside the canal too.
We have also enjoyed a couple of good meals with my in-laws at local restaurants to celebrate the New Year, Peggy’s birthday and the good news that Adonis’s tumour hasn’t returned, which we found out last Friday during his flying visit to the UK for his check-up at Portsmouth hospital. We particularly liked our meal at L’Amirada restaurant, where we keep coming back due to the high quality of the food and friendly service.
This morning, we drove into Béziers in Adonis’s parents’ Mondeo, which we have borrowed during our stay here, to do a spot of shopping and I was delighted by the fresco painting on this building. From far away, these windows look real. What do you think?