Welcome to Champ de Maradène. I’ve designed this web site primarily to host and share our photographs with our family and friends, some of which you’ll see in the header of these pages. You’ll also find a map of our area, pinpointing our house (just in case you’ve forgotten where we are) and a local weather report. The Walks page, where I’ve created links to details of some of our local walks that I’ve uploaded to Openrunner, the route planning and sharing web site, is particularly useful for those that want to print walks to do in the area and/or download the gpx files for their handheld GPS systems.
Have no fear, though, this is not just another vanity web site so you won’t find pages of our personal musings, fascinating and riveting though they would be. Well, perhaps just a few, but we’ve got better things to do. You can read our latest news on the News page or click the link in the Recent News section in the right-hand column.
Some of the other links in the right-hand column are to web sites I have created for friends. Le Cayla and Les Jonquilles are both gîtes, though the latter also provides B&B. Le Cayla is a superbly restored house standing in its own grounds of 20 acres and it forms part of the tiny hamlet of St Etienne de Vionan situated in the Tarn near the pretty little medieval town of Lisle-sur-Tarn. A great base to explore Albi, Gaillac, Cordes-sur-Ciel amongst other places. Les Jonquilles is an attractive modern stone house set in a quiet, rural location yet only 15 minutes walk on way-marked footpaths from the town of Domme, one of the most beautiful villages of the Dordogne.
CazalRando, on the other hand, is our local walking club and I am its webmaster. On the site you can read about our activities (past and future), a calendar of walks for the current period, maps and downloadable GPS files of our walks, and photos from our members. While L’Ensemble Vocal Divona is a local choir that some of our friends belong to. Openrunner and Track & News are two walking/running/cycling web sites I use. I am also a member of their developemnt teams, contributing English translations and gear reviews.
Intellectbooks is the business I work for and IQ Magazine is the company’s quarterly magazine and associated blog.
Last but not least, La Jardin de la Daille, situated on the Causse, just below the summit of a round-topped limestone hill on the border of the Dordogne and the Lot departments, is owned by friends who have lived in the area for ever. The garden has been awarded the label ‘Jardin Remarquable’ by the Ministre de la Culture. It has been created around a group of farm buildings which date from 1805 and has been open to the public since 1985. Definitely worth a visit by garden lovers.
If you would like to see anything else included on this site do let us know.