Our next stop was at 'Green Horizons' in Puivert with our Workaway host Ruth. We ended up staying for over a week and helped by buildIng a sheep fence and shelter and completing the finishing touches on the polytunnel. Ruth is a great host and follows the practices of permaculture and sustainablity. Her place is really beautiful and we had a great time going on walks, helping with the animals and learning about the rich local history of The Cathar's. We even took a couple of days out to sightsee in the local area and goto a county fair, which was great fun, more wine and food!
After Ruths we made our way west to Seres-Sur-Arget to another Workaway host, an Australian woman called Cat living alone in the French countryside. Cat runs a small holding and teaches yoga and circus classes. Her place was a very different Workaway experience with no hot water, shower and basic meals. It was intresting...The work included Lime rendering some walls and also basic tasks like collecting wood, mulching fruit trees, fixing a fence and preparing meals.
After a few days at Cats we drove west again to St Girons to goto the great market we had heard so much about. It was definitely our favourite market so far, so much variety and a real sense of community. The town is also very picturesque. At the end of the market we asked any stall holders if we could have any food they were going to throw away, we ended up with more then we could carry and it lasted us another three or four days! After St Girons we headed South and up the mountain towards Oust to visit a couple of friends, Bill and Susie's, holiday home for a night. Thanks Bill and Susie, your place is stunning!
Our next stop was Ax Les Thermes. On the way we stopped off at a viewpoint 'Col de Port' and took a hike up the mountain to witness some More incredible views. A few hours later and after getting a bit lost we made it to the top. The views really were breathtaking!
That evening we made it to Ax Les Thermes. Ax Les Thermes is a ski resort town, and even though it is out of season it still had a really nice feel about it. We splashed out for a dip in their famous hot baths, Including sauna and steam rooms, a real treat and a great way to spend €8 I highly recommend it if your in the area. The next day we made our way to Andorra, a tax free country. Andorra is a bit of a strange place, but worth visiting just for the very cheap fuel and alcohol. €0.84 a litre of diesel and around €4 a litre of any spirit imaginable straight out of a barrel and into a plastic jug!
After a night in Andorra and stocked up with cheap spirits and fuel we made our way back into France to a place called Thues Entre Valls to spend the night and to try and find some free hot springs a friend had told us about. After another epic 4 hour hike up a mountain and no luck we realised we had gone the wrong way and had to turn back and ask for directions, trading the sale of a couple of beers at a local bar for information. 45 minutes later we finally stumbled across the hot springs. A great way to finish the day.