Villeneuve les Beziers is a nice little town, every weekend was different music groups in the town square but despite the labels they sounded the same (loud). Bastille Day was impressive with a massive Son et Lumiere show (fireworks, lasers etc) but but very jingoistic compared to others we have attended (Marine le Pen country)? It must have cost the Commune a fortune.
However, with the plane trees ripped out it was hot and became fairly boring - primarily waiting for things to happen. With another UK trip Angie managed to get the NHS to confirm they would operate on her - but not when - 'it is urgent so in a few months' - hate to think what non urgent is - a year - before you die - maybe? Our carpenter was running late and not very interested once he realised he wasn't going to make a big profit (should have listened to a prior warning from 'Merlot').
Peter was also unimpressed as one of the solar panels packed up - cooked by the heat at a guess.
|Villeneuve les Beziers|
After three weeks we gave up on the carpenter and headed east to Portiragnes to get some shelter from the sun and put in a few days resealing windows etc before a threatened storm. Angie stocked up on melons and grapes which seem to have become our staple diet. Moving on we stopped at Vias for a cuppa with 'Gladys' (Eric and Lisa) and Balestra (Barry) then on to the Ronde ecluse again, after which we traversed the River Herault for a short stretch.
|The Canal du Midi is there somewhere|
|Eastern entrance to Midi|
|Etang de Thau|
|Parade of the Saint effigy to the church.|
|Lots of little fishing villages|
|but a lot of ''your turn to helm' stretches as well|
At the River La Vidourie junction found a nice little greenbank mooring and we met our first proper 'commercial' for two years
|La Vidourie junction|
|Bulls with egrets|
|Buzzard in action|