After a superb day exploring the sweetness that’s Montpellier, we determined to move out of town to go discover different components of France’s stunning Occitanie area.
About an hour from Montpellier is the city of Millau, house to the tallest bridge on this planet – amongst many different issues in fact!
There’s a parking space (with eating places and a picnic spot) close to the bridge so we figured we’d as nicely try the tallest bridge on this planet whereas we have been within the space, earlier than heading off to absorb what had received to be one of the spectacular views of not simply Millau, however of the encompassing countryside.
Mentioned greatest view, got here within the type of paragliding!
I’d be mendacity if I stated the thought of operating off a mountain in a paraglider felt pure (it actually doesn’t) however fortunately this time (we’d finished it earlier than in Geneva), the wind stepped in and fairly took us up right away with out having to do a lot operating.
And so off we went, swooping and sweeping in over all the French countryside.
Lloyd had taken off earlier than me so I didn’t even know the place he was till I noticed his crimson and yellow paraglider swoosh previous mine.
The view is each bit as unbelievable from up right here as you’d think about. It actually units in perspective the place Millau sits within the valley in addition to how actually ginormous that bridge actually is.
A short time later, we made our method again to our take off spot and upon touchdown, our adrenaline slowly began giving method to starvation at which level we headed into city for a fast chew to eat, a beer and a few caffeine.
Because the afternoon progressed, what began off being a really heat but cloudy say slowly gave method to sunshine and with that, we headed right down to the Tarn river so go tubing between the Gorge du Tarn.
Though it doesn’t appear like it from our pictures, the river space was pretty busy (albeit in pockets) as households and buddies from the realm got here down for a swim, picnic, kayaking and usually to chill off in what had was a extremely popular day!
You may lease these tubes from an organization additional down the river and so they take you alongside together with your tubes in a automotive to go crusing down the river.
What I didn’t anticipate nevertheless was that we might just about be handed our tubes, paddles and life vests and left to get on with it! 😄 I completely assumed somebody would go along with us to verify we knew the place to go and what to take action for a scorching minute there, I kinda panicked however when you get began (and particularly if you begin to come throughout all the opposite folks on the banks and going previous you in kayaks), I simply kicked again and relaxed as we adopted the river to a pre-arranged assembly level miles away.
Oh, and by the way in which, it was additionally at this level that my idea on who’s a greater paddler lastly received confirmed.
See, Lloyd and I’ve finished tandem kayaking and canoeing up to now and I’ve all the time stated I’ve a greater sense of management and likewise extra energy after I kayak… 😆
After a number of incidents of Lloyd simply lagging behind or getting beached on his tube (I do not know why he didn’t even use his paddles to assist himself transfer 😆) he’s lastly conceded that I’m higher at this than him! 😁
The Gorge du Tarn is a fully gorgeous space by the way in which and undoubtedly price popping by if you’re within the space.
Ultimately, we arrived on the ‘seashore space’ assembly level, totally cooled down and with a brand new discovered appreciation for the French countryside!
We headed again into Millau to select up our automotive and, after a short cease to take a look at the Tour de France motion (it might be passing by means of town the subsequent day), we headed into city to verify into the resort and take a look at the Jazz pageant occurring in Millau.
Dinner was one thing of an impromptu factor (a fast chew grabbed at a stall within the pageant) however largely as a result of there was dancing within the streets to reside music and I wasn’t planning on lacking a single second of this.
Buzzing led to foot-tapping, which then led ‘seat-dancing’ and earlier than lengthy, my ft determined it was time to do some correct dancing!
After some time within the sq. right here, we headed over to a extra chilled a part of the pageant to take a look at a efficiency (by somebody whose identify escapes me now) however turned out to be fairly a superb method to end up the night…
This has occurred so many occasions after we’ve been (roughly) on this space of France. I do know it’s not in the identical area however we found a pageant and road get together the primary time we visited Nimes and the identical once more after we visited Carcassone.
Impromptu evenings like this are typically what makes this considered one of my favorite areas and certainly, favorite occasions of the yr, to go to France!
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