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The Lac de la Cavayère, Carcassonne, Aude, France - 10th August

It's time to do a bit of swimming at what is generally known as Carcassonne's beach - the Lac de la Cavayére, just a few miles outside the city. The swimming is fantastic as it's fresh water, calm and most of all actually warm. It's also quite possibly Nosher's first return visit since 1980

next album: The Two Caves: Le Gouffre Géant and Grotte de Limousis, Languedoc, France - 11th August 2018
previous album: Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse, Lagrasse, Languedoc, France - 9th August 2018

We arrive early when the beach isn't yet too busy

Isobel and Harry do the first test swim

Fred hurls himself in

Fred bobs about

Harry starts building a sandcastle

Flaking out on the 'beach'

When it gets too hot, we retire to the woods for a picnic

The boys run around on top of a hill

Sunlight through the trees

We explore further up the lake

Harry gets a slushy

Harry's tongue is super-bright red/orange

Massed pedalos

Fred chases grasshoppers

We find a nice green beetle on a stick

Harry and Fred scramble down a hillside

Standing surfboard-canoe things and some ducks

We hire a pedalo for half an hour

The beach is now heaving, as seen from the pedalo

Some dude practices water-skiing on something that resembles a zipwire

Harry feeds the ducks

It's churro time

Isobel roams around with a cucumber in the local Carrefour supermarket

Sometimes translations can be a bit dodgy

Near the Porte d'Aude are some cool 'hand pan' buskers

Fred and Harry play with Lego at the Le Crèneau restaurant

There's a really nice old Peugeot 204 convertible in the square

Harry slurps apple juice

Harry has a think about what to draw

The château Comtal and the restaurant Le St. Jean

Wandering back through the sodium lights

There's a blur of people near the Porte d'Aude

A solitary car waits at the bottom of an apartment block

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We arrive early when the beach isn't yet too busy