This is the first follow-up to my last post
On 1 August 2011, I boarded my crappy Ryanair flight – it was the only airline that carried people from London to Carcassonne, unfortunately.
Carcassonne Airport was small. One of those where you had to step out onto the tarmac and trail your way into a tiny building to join a half-in-half-out queue to go through the ONE passport control booth.
Got a bus to the city which stopped right outside Gare de Carcassonne (SNCF train station) for about €5, where I wandered around for an hour and had my first meal of the trip: croque monsieur and a big glass of ice-cold Coke. It was BLAZING HOT. The best!
It took a further 20 minute drive from Castelnaudary train station to get to the farm.
There are two resident cats and a beagle called Fifi.
Bernard, Blanche’s husband, used to be a chef of 30 years’ experience and so the food was always top class. Lucky me or what! :p
I had the opportunity to marvel at him in the kitchen as he prepared lunch one day.. never seen someone chop up garlic and onions that quickly before. I was truly impressed! I watched intently and listened to all the little tips he animatedly shared with me, using what little English he knew, in his thick French/German/Moroccan accent.
I learnt how to say the names of a few vegetables in French, haha.
Particularly loved this pink princess castle hiding under some big plants by the terrace!
Drizzled with olive oil and chopped herbs (basil and.. some other stuff) and garlic.
What’s left in the photo was finished by me..
She has been blind for several years, but is extremely intelligent.
I was taught how to approach her using my hands and voice, and how she was fed. She has no teeth left so she has a special diet of.. mushy stuff.
I couldnt help but feel sorry for her though.. imagine being a horse but not be able to run about freely or chew on grass anymore!
That’s the pub owner balancing an apple on his head!
My jacket is by H&M
On my first day, Axel and I took his donkey for his daily walk. We took a short hike and arrived at a lake where we went for a swim as a respite from the heat. The water was really cold though!
He’s holding Goliath the mouse and Dino, my most loyal travel companions.
It was a wonderful night – the air was cool and there was a funny light/thunder phenomenon going on in the skies.
No one could explain it, but you’d hear sounds like thunder repetitively and see certain dim flashing in the sky simultaneously.. but no sign of any lightning after. Apparently it happens all the time there.
Everyone was smiling and talking.. and me I was extra happy from the delish dinner of wild boar (freshly killed by a neighbour!) steak..