Hotel Club Espace
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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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... on a "most dangerous roads in Europe" website, which didn't fill me with confidence. Although it's a balcony road, we were hugging the mountain side for most of the descent, which meant there were only a few times that I had to stop myself from looking to the side. I don't know whether I mentioned before that I don't like heights at all.
The gorge is indeed very attractive, with lots of red-brown rock in places. At the end of the gorge descent we reached ...
We passed some of the slower riders, and they passed us back, all the way to the top.
The climb itself is long but doesn't get really steep until the very end. The scenery is spectacular, with a mix of forest on the lower sections, river valleys and open mountainsides. This is probably the most beautiful climb on the entire route. The first couple of hours was also really peaceful, with very little vehicle traffic on the road.
Unfortunately we then got ...
... section near Vars was that we could get up sufficient speed to shake off the huge swarm of flies that were buzzing around us. The trouble is, when cycling at 6 - 10 kph, and sweating like mad, you become a fly magnet. I checked out the other cyclists, to my relief it wasn't just tandem teams that the local flies were targeting. It was anything going slowly up a hill. We stopped to liberally apply some of Helen's citron-scented perfume. It didn't ...
... the other manufacturers, and while they are out there, the most otherwise popular being KTM and Ducati, you don't really see too any Triumphs, Hondas or Suzukis. You certainly don't see any Yamaha XT1200Z Super Teneres.
So now I’ve got to wondering, have I missed something? The evidence suggests that I have made a very poor choice. You wonder about the need for repair, and if there aren’t a lot of these around, can we get it fixed if it breaks? ...
... 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 ...