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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Club Espace Saint-Jean-de-Minervois
Very nice hotel and close to the walled city
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Travel Blogs from Saint-Jean-de-Minervois
Stopped here for the night, couldn't make Monaco.
The town is called Cuneo, it's got a lovely main piazza with bars and restaurants all round.
Is a bit out of the way, and I think is a base camp for skiing in the winter.
The B&B was great value, absolutely spotless room, with underground parking, worth a call if you're in that area.
So off to San Remo, which means mountains, got to find a Garmin store, as Sally can't find London, I spell it ...
After a leisurely breakfast, this time seated closer to the window with the magnificent view of the valley, we purchased supplies from the local store (bread, cheese, tomatoes and bananas), and then drove along the same stretch of road as the day before, but to a different area of the Mercantour National Park. Our planned walk through the forest was anticipated to be less ...
... were so hungry, the baguettes with cheese and tomato tasted delicious! But there was still more uphill to go...up and up, past an old bunker and a small hut (probably used by shepherds), up to the saddle on which was marked the border between France & Italy. Our photos were unable to capture the sheer drop on the other side (Italy). Nevertheless, I think they manage to show the beauty and magnificence of the view.
We took an alternative route, along which we met a ...
... and the farming history, but the story of Minerve is really interesting. You can read more on it here if curious: www.cathar.info.
The architecture, the natural beauty and the history of this place seem a bit surreal when you're there... all of this make Minerve a must visit if in the Languedoc region. Now the streets are lined with artisan stores and fancy restaurants. I think, however, it's important to reflect and ...
... has a terrible history which we learnt about in the museum. In 2010 the Lords of the North came on a crusade to put the Cathar heresy to the fire and the sword. Very gruesome. Felicity and Genevieve enjoyed exploring the Natural Stone Bridges, originating from the underground flow of The Cesse river - while Simon had a beer to soothe his sore throat and get out of the very cold wind! There are some great local artists displaying their paintings and crafts in the ...