French working overalls

French country people wearing the traditional working overalls

French country people wearing the traditional working overalls

The French farmer will rarely be seen without his ‘bleu de travail’ workwear. It’s for sale in all the agricultural shops in country areas. I’ve seen second hand sets in the local second hand shop ‘Emmaus’ (a national brand of second hand shops like the ‘Trocs’).  I love them and am going to get myself a set – although I doubt I’ll look as dapper as these two! Here’s an interesting blogsite about historical french workwear dating from the 1920s http://lebazardespoilus.tumblr.com

The Gorges du Tarn in southern France – the biggest, grandest gorges in Europe, north of Millau

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Canoeing at St Chely du Tarn near Sainte Enimie, Gorges du Tarn

Now the kids have gone back to school in France, it’s a good time to visit these gorges. The weather is perfect 29 degrees today! They’re not really well known by many English people. It’s a fantastic place for canoeing, you can hire the canoe for the day, take a picnic and travel miles down the river Tarn just staring up at the gorges, mixed in with swimming of course. Then get a lift back – brilliant day out!

Walking in the gorges - great footpaths

Walking in the gorges – great footpaths, walk leaflets available from the Tourist offices. Some walks very scary for those with vertigo e.g.: ‘The balcon du vertiges” really is what it says….not for the faint hearted.

We camped at La Blaquiere campsite right on the riverside with a beach and swimming. Also there is a lovely little pop-up restaurant where you can get steak and salad and chilled bottles of wine and a little shop that sells the most delicious pate. https://www.google.co.uk/#q=la+blaquiere+camping&safe=off

The beach at La Blaquiere campsite, Gorge du Tarn

The beach at La Blaquiere campsite, Gorge du Tarn – little restaurant is just off to the right

For more info on this area check out these links:

http://www.gorgesdutarn.net http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorges_du_Tarn

http://www.tourisme-aveyron.com/en/discover/unmissables/valley-gorges-tarn.php

This lot is owned by a Parisian family who come down once a year......

On the banks of the Tarn, this house is open during the ‘Patromine’ (heritage) week in September, it’s only accessible by boat across the river Tarn.