In 1990 we first touched the area around the Meygal massif, when we were on our way to the Cévennes and stopped for a night or two at a small campsite "a la ferme" that was located in Marcilhac near Saint-Julien-Chapteuil (Haute Loire); perhaps we returned there on our way back. Two years later, in 1992, we spent our holidays at the campsite for the first time. Since I had sprained an ankle, we took our bikes with us for the first and only time. On an bike tour, I fell and damaged my front teeth. But we did not stop our holidays, I had my teeth provisionally cared for in France.
Then it took until 2001, until we stayed on the Marcilhac campsite again, in that year even twice. At the time, however, the campsite owner was already ill, and he died only a few years later. His wife maintained the campsite alone, and later continued this with a partner, while the occupancy of the site decreased over the years. Later we were three, and in the end only two parties he stayed there during their vacations, a French couple and us.
Since 2001 we have been on the campsite in Marcilhac every year, since 2013 even twice a year. But 2014 was the last year for us there, because the campsite owner and her partner were not longer able to maintain the house and the site. Since 2015 we stay on a different campsite in Sumène near Saint-Julien-Chapteuil. The future of this site is also open, because the campsite owner had to retreat to a nursing home. How long his wife will be able to continue maintaining house and site is unclear (in former times even St. Jacob's pilgrims stayed there over night). In any case, we only had two parties left on the site, and the French couple, who were the last ones with us on the previous site and who had recommended the new site to us, left it and bought a house in the area. I will explain all this in more detail elsewhere (some day...)...
Over the years, rgion and people have become dear to us and, of course, it would be nice to be able to write down our experiences. My wife is writing diaries, and I have collected a few summary data do far, but that was not done with my real momentum. Now I have to add that my wife speaks French fluently and I do not speak any French, because I did not learn it at school. All my attempts to learn French have unfortunately failed. In 2017, I made a new attempt with "babbel," but I also got stuck soon.
The only thing that helps me in such cases is to start a "project" that requires what you want to learn in one form or another. For me, "projects" used to be computer programs or lectures, today they are Websites. The "mammoth project" that has now charged me is therefore this Website: it is supposed to report on the area where we have spent our holidays in recent years. And the "trick" is that it should be trilingual, not only in German and in English, but also in French. I will not "refuse" the help of Google's translator. And I have also found that it works better from English to French than from German to French. So I also have a need for the English version!
As already written, This Wesite, is intended to inform about the area in which we have spent our holidays in recent years, andit also should reflect our experiences. But it should not be a diary or a detailed account of our walks, but rather be based on what we have done, about locations, mountains, areas, flowers, animals, and other remarkable things. How exactly this site will develop is, however, not clear to me at the moment...
After two hip and two cataract surgeries, no longer well preserved male in his late-60s, born in the land between the two seas (Schleswig-Holstein).
Gerd Waloszek, Founder and CEO, walodesign (see the Website), hobby mass photographer, sometimes star gazer, chief buyer at home