Just Another Stamp in the Passport… Not!

Posted by on Aug 30, 2012 in Photography, The Old Blue Truck, Travel
Just Another Stamp in the Passport… Not!

It was all Keith’s idea. But I don’t think it became a real passion until Kristian suggested that “It’s a long way to go Dad, just to get another stamp in your passport.” Andorra had never been on my bucket list either, but I saw it as a nice little trade off… I wanted to visit the Airbus headquarters in Toulouse (I had read something in a brochure about their visitor center) – and, also, it was the last day of the…  Fête du Cassoulet in Castelnaudary – and we could stop for lunch on the way (or on the way back, or both!). So we set off early. From the F on the map below (just above and right of Carcassonne) we head (top left) to Toulouse. We stop for a toilet break in Castelnaudary, but my suggestions of an early lunch are brushed aside by Keith – saying that we still have some driving to get to the airport beyond Toulouse. So, we drive, and drive, and drive – and then we find some directions…

  • Follow Blagnac Aéroport
  • Take exit N°4 Secteur Aéroportuaire Nord
  • Follow the D902 Beauzelle – Seilh
  • Take exit N°902.3 ZAC Aéroconstellation
  • 1st junction: left
  • 2nd junction: left (follow signs for “Let’s visit Airbus”)
  • 1st road left
  • Finally… We find it – and it’s closed! Merde! Who closes a major tourist attraction on a Sunday? Quelle crap. Keith was quite impressed too…

So we headed South again – towards Castelnaudary again and, perhaps, my long awaited Cassoulet lunch. I started to have my doubts, however, when Keith asked me, “If we follow the E9 turnoff – could we reach Andorra by sunset?”  Errr… “Yes – if we give Castelnaudary and the Cassoulet a miss.” I’m starting to detect a dietary conspiracy here, between my darling daughter and her favorite Canadian Uncle! But after the Airbus fiasco, I wasn’t going to argue – and we took the E9 turn…

South through Pamier and into the Pyrenees at Foix. Glorious views and ‘interesting’ road turns, which I enjoyed – because Keith was driving! Up through Ax-les-Thermes (see the Tour de France link below) and the into the Principality of Andorra. Absolutely glorious – I’m glad I thought of it.

PS: One last thing – Kristian – there’s a photo below for you…


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