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Sorted, fit. Current activities are photography, hiking, motorbiking, trail biking, music, geology/geoscience, dinner-at-home, travel and more.

Coffee stop at the Circuit du Castellet near Toulon and Marseille

Fine day’s riding but a bit more of an adventure than I had hoped for. The bike’s battery, that was new in August 2014, let me down despite being charged the previous day. Had to be recovered.

Good side is that the bike shop who keep me running has been taken over. Not a surprise and that was one reason for intending to pass by the place in Peyrolles but meeting them first in a recovery situation wasn’t in my plan! The new guys are race bikers not town riders or trail bikers; they look to be setting up a track bike hire and training business.

So I made my itinerary pass by the Circuit du Castellet for a quick coffee and to check out things. It’s also known as the Circuit Paul Ricard as it was founded by the drinks magnate of Pastis Ricard fame. The track is suddenly being bike friendly again, including hosting the Bol d’Or in September, the 24-hour race: those riders must be really mad...

Blue skies, low wind and air temperature 18°C.



Christmas card 2015

Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2015 to you.

These have been some of the highlights of a full year. Thanks to everyone who has helped me on the way.

New building in the 5th arrondissement of Marseille

Now you see it - now you don't!

Marseille is benefiting from lots of investment  but it comes at a cost. The view from where I stay has been reduced by a new block, blocking the view of the mountains. We enjoyed that view a lot, the photo of the rainbow after a storm was just one of many.

The neutral grey colour of the new building - even viewed by the light of the setting sun, so literally viewed in the most favourable light - doesn't help it fit in with the traditional sand colours of Provence. Presumably the grey is meant to indicate the progressive new technology town. I'm not convinced...

Same problem as with  Not sure I like blue and  End of the Rainbow for St Andrews, Fulham Fields, London

French democracy sounds great "Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité) sounds great until you want to change something. The "non" response isn't so great when it's against you. That's one reason there are so many strikes in France.

Anyhow despite the lack of possibility of objecting to loosing one's view, Marseille in August still has the fine Provence weather, the open windows of apartements in classy Haussman style streets ring out with music from Carmen to Soprano and the food and wine remain incomparable.



Christmas Card December 2012

Merry Christmas and All the Best for 2013 to you.

These have been some of the highlights of a full year:

My photo is of a display in Les Gournières, Réallon near Gap in the Alps d'Haut Provence, France

New Year... new look hikerbiker website.

As well as the new design, I've updated the Joomla system which runs this website. It's been an intricate migration, especially as I've tried not to change the urls of the existing pages.

The search box and Also links are now on the right hand side.

This update should have removed some of the funnies of the previous system as well as getting ready for a version for mobiles.

The pages should work in any modern browser but the pictures look best in Firefox and Safari because they handle the colours better.

Please let me know if you notice broken links or other problems.