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by Sus
Tue 30 Jul 2019 07:47
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Cavallada in Ceret
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Re: Cavallada in Ceret

Hi Madeleine,
Thanks for this link, I shall look out for them when they come down the valley!
by Sus
Mon 29 Jul 2019 08:32
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?

Just that it is a very rough ride and although our friends were glad that they did it as they only had one day, they would not recommend it and would not do it again. I think we just don't like the idea of spending half a day in a car getting to the meeting point then a hour plus in a rough 4x4 ride...
by Sus
Sat 27 Jul 2019 21:54
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?
Replies: 6
Views: 591

Re: Climbing the Canigou - any recommendations?

Hi Steve, we haven't hiked up Canigou yet but it is on our bucket list for this year. We have decided to do it over several days as we have only heard bad things about the 4x4 ride and we also think that it would be a shame to rush it. We are considering to go up via the Refuge Mariailles and come d...
by Sus
Tue 18 Jun 2019 04:57
Forum: Welcome to the P-O. Life Forum
Topic: Mail Re-Direction
Replies: 5
Views: 619

Re: Mail Re-Direction

Hi Peter, I think it depends on what the error was. We had issues with a redirection before as the postcode was incorrect, eventually some of the mail arrived but not all. I never quite got to the bottom of where the remaining mail ended up, hope you have better luck!
by Sus
Tue 18 Jun 2019 04:50
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: need mini transported from Argeles to Grasse
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: need mini transported from Argeles to Grasse

Hi, we have used SOS Auto-66 (06.25.54.90.54). Their service was quick and reasonable priced, not sure whether they will go far outside 66 though. Good luck!
by Sus
Mon 13 May 2019 13:56
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: Innocent mistake= endless ribbing
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Innocent mistake= endless ribbing

I asked a friend for a recommendation for where to buy a good "hache" = axe when he replied I understood "vache". I thought it was strange but I am now known to have an axe that also gives milk ;-)
by Sus
Sun 21 Apr 2019 20:55
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Cavallada in Ceret
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Cavallada in Ceret

This year we managed to go to the Cavallada in Ceret and we had a great time. My horse was surprisingly well behaved and even put up with the chap in the long robe throwing some water at him :-) The meal afterwards was really nice as well and a great opportunity to catch up with other horse people. ...
by Sus
Sun 21 Apr 2019 20:46
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Let's Eat France
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Re: Let's Eat France

Apparently bat curry is the local favourite in the Seychelles. Anybody interested, here is the recipe :-) " La chair de la chauve-souris marine dans du vinaigre blanc et du citron pendant trois heures, puis est cuite vingt minutes dans une marmite avec oignons, tomates, feuilles de cannelle, gingemb...
by Sus
Tue 09 Apr 2019 16:10
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Effects of Brexit in P.-O.
Replies: 16
Views: 1610

Re: Effects of Brexit in P.-O.

Many thanks, Kathy and Helen, glad to hear that it is straight forward!
by Sus
Sun 07 Apr 2019 20:57
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Effects of Brexit in P.-O.
Replies: 16
Views: 1610

Re: Effects of Brexit in P.-O.

Hi Helen, do you mind sharing your experience of getting the driving licenses? Did it take long? Thanks! On a much more mundane level, I've just done my first 'post-brexit' admin. Heading over to France on April 9th, I've been holding off from getting international driving permits. But after what ha...
by Sus
Sun 07 Apr 2019 20:47
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Andorra
Replies: 13
Views: 4269

Re: Andorra

Hi Leok, we did the circular route into Andorra from the Spanish side N260 and back on the French side down the Prades valley. It is a very beautiful route but narrow and curvy. We went in July - watched the Tour in Andorra and there was not too much traffic and we allowed plenty of time, stopped at...
by Sus
Tue 29 Jan 2019 11:10
Forum: Travel
Topic: Perpignan airport
Replies: 5
Views: 855

Re: Perpignan airport

Thanks for sharing this, we use the airport a lot and could do with some savings on parking cost.
by Sus
Tue 29 Jan 2019 11:07
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Let's Eat France
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Re: Let's Eat France

Helen, thank you SO much for recommending this book, my husband and I love it! It is a delight to just open it on any page and find some new recipes and stories to go with it. Have you found the bat curry yet?
by Sus
Sun 20 Jan 2019 17:28
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Let's Eat France
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Re: Let's Eat France

3kg book about French cuisine, I am in! I have ordered my copy, thanks for the tip :-)
by Sus
Thu 13 Dec 2018 20:34
Forum: Travel
Topic: Forthcoming visit
Replies: 11
Views: 959

Re: Forthcoming visit

I flew out of Beziers last Saturday, it took me all of 30 secs to get on the motorway at Le Boulou in the middle of the day, plenty of gilets jaunes and police happily eating freshly grilled burgers and I think they were also enjoying a beer :-) more street party than demonstration. Exit at Beziers ...
by Sus
Thu 06 Dec 2018 20:29
Forum: Travel
Topic: Routes to Spain
Replies: 5
Views: 589

Re: Routes to Spain

Hi, not sure whether you are willing to take such a detour but the road over St Laurent de Cerdans-Coustouges-Figueras is never been a problem for us. Good luck! I am heading to Beziers airport on Saturday and am also looking at alternative routes.
by Sus
Tue 16 Oct 2018 06:11
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: garage / exhaust centre needed urgently.
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Garage

We have used Joël (just before the village of Le Tech, 06 16 28 28 74) for smaller repair jobs on our car, he is more of a all-round mechanic but we have found him to be honest and reliable. If he can't do something, he will try and refer you to somebody else. There is also a garage between Amélie...
by Sus
Tue 04 Sep 2018 12:13
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Things to do in & around Collioure Sep '18
Replies: 11
Views: 1439

Re: Things to do in & around Collioure Sep '18

We're staying in Collioure for a week from 22nd - 29th September and did some of the usual things before, so are looking for more things, new things & events to go to this year, please - all suggestions & invitations are welcome! Many thanks, Philip Cooper You can try one of the guided tours, eithe...
by Sus
Tue 04 Sep 2018 12:06
Forum: Pets
Topic: home for a donkey?
Replies: 15
Views: 1810

And answers from Facebook. LAFERMEDUBONHEUR.ORG La Ferme du Bonheur/about us Heehaws - For the Love of Donkeys find them on FB I would recommend having him castrated. It will be very difficult to find a good home for him otherwise. http://lafermeauxgrandesoreilles.fr/tarifs.html A friend has sugges...
by Sus
Fri 17 Aug 2018 20:41
Forum: Pets
Topic: Words of command in French
Replies: 15
Views: 2037

sue and paul wrote:bits of cheese
or bits of carrot. no chocolate or raisins both are poisonous.for commands au lit and laisse (anything you dont want her to touch) can also be useful. Good luck!
by Sus
Thu 07 Jun 2018 13:53
Forum: Hi Tech/Geek
Topic: Amazon Echo arrives in France
Replies: 38
Views: 4196

Re: Amazon Echo arrives in France

Has Alexa stopped her creeping laugh in the middle of the night :-)

We have the Apple device and I have almost forgotten where the light switches are!
by Sus
Mon 23 Apr 2018 06:38
Forum: Finance & Banking
Topic: French Bank Restrictions Abroad
Replies: 6
Views: 1558

I am sorry to read about your experience but not surprised. I travel a lot on my own for work to remote places and I lost track of how many times, I had money refused despite sufficient funds in the account or the different tactics of banks to prevent you getting access. My UK bank, Santander, wants...
by Sus
Mon 23 Apr 2018 06:15
Forum: Shopping
Topic: Bread Flour
Replies: 11
Views: 1979

Re: Bread Flour

You already know you need strong flour to make decent bread. I have found that 'strong' tends to reflect the amount of protein in the flour. The strongest I've yet been able to find in either France or Spain is Auchan's own brand Pain Brioche which contains 15.6g of protein per 100g of flour. A fri...
by Sus
Mon 23 Apr 2018 06:05
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Sentier des Orchidees
Replies: 1
Views: 775

Re: Sentier des Orchidees

vyvyan wrote:Does anyone know of a walk to see orchids, please.
I am not sure whereabout you live but I was trying to find walks with different types of trees and popped in a local Office de Tourisme (Amélie-les-Bains) and they pointed out several walks.
by Sus
Wed 21 Mar 2018 08:33
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Wine memories
Replies: 15
Views: 3427

We only had wine for special occasions and because of the French part of my family mainly Bourgueil or Chateauneuf du Pape. It has left me with a distinct preference for full red wines, I sometimes try to drink something else but always come back to similar wines. My current favourite is the Chateau...
by Sus
Wed 21 Mar 2018 08:13
Forum: Pets
Topic: In-house dog sitter for mid May
Replies: 6
Views: 1452

Re: In-house dog sitter for mid May

We are looking for a reliable in-house registered dog sitter for three dogs (collie/spaniel cross, bassett and Yorkshire terrier cross). Ages are 8, 9 and 1 year. Any recommendations please? I am not sure about in-house but I have been using the site dogbuddy for my dog and had very good experience...
by Sus
Sun 04 Mar 2018 17:23
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6676

Please count me in too I'm taking offense at my wine even being mentioned in the same sentence as these two crimes against oenology! The only cool thing about Le Piat d'Or is how they came up with the name. As you know, it started as a British brand of rough Vin de Table. They did public market rese...
by Sus
Thu 01 Mar 2018 17:51
Forum: General wine topics
Topic: Term Report
Replies: 32
Views: 4860

Re: Term Report

Thanks for the recommendation, I haven't tried either but they are now on the list Driving back from a visit this morning I thought of where I've been and what I've seen over the last six months. There are two standout performers, both of which have become regular contributors to the bottom shelf of...
by Sus
Thu 01 Mar 2018 06:54
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6676

Hi Martyn, I left the wrong quote, meant to refer to Alan's reference to what my husband and I refer to as weasel s@*t coffee. "In addition to our chosen coffee, I also bought some Kopi Luwak coffee which is made from beans eaten and defecated by a small animal. Despite being very expensive, the tas...
by Sus
Wed 28 Feb 2018 18:58
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6676

A couple of years ago, I bought a fancy beans to cup coffee maker and went to the excellent shop in Perpignan called La Cafetière to decide what to feed it with. My son in law and I each sampled about 12 different espressos (should that be espressi?) before making a choice. The shop made no charge...