Day One: Majorca to Carcassonne

13 June 2016

We were up at 6.30 in Puerta Pollenca, Majorca, in order to get sorted & off to Barcelona on the 10.20 from Palma. All very smooth & we managed to leave without waking Amy, George & the girls.

We had a smooth flight & decided to go to the Plaça Espanya & visit the converted bullring, a very ornate building, which has a 360 degrees roof terrace & some wonderful views of the City & a good selection of restaurants. We had a surprisingly good meal at Quino Quinto which we stretched out for a couple of hours & we then took a taxi to the railway station.

Whilst there we decided to check to see if our tickets were in order & ask about the procedure for boarding as they were obviously exercising serious security checks, pre boarding. We were told our fast TGV was cancelled – no warning messages, no notification & all due to French industrial action (expletives deleted!).

We were fortunate in getting a train to Perpignan at 4.45 & Michelle & Michael agreed to pick us up there & take us to Carcassonne. We also took along a fellow passenger (Baden – a Welsh Guy with a house in Carcassonne) who was in a similar situation.

The wind was howling in Perpignan & gave me reservations as to how we would cope, were it to continue into the ride.

Dinner in Carcassonne was way out of town, in a trading estate at a restaurant called ‘L’Olivero’ or similar. This seemed a typical Discover Adventure move although I suppose they do have trouble finding the right priced restaurant for about 40, but such a shame in a beauty spot like Carcassonne. We were just in time & tucked into a 3-course meal & some red wine (so much for that vow!).

The Hotel (Cerise) was fine & our luggage & the bike were in the room. After laying out all my gear, packing a ‘day’ bag we went to bed & set the alarm for 6.00 with a view to meeting the 6.45 breakfast call & departure at 7.30.