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... until reaching the paintings.
Our tour guide provided a ghostly presence sporting a heavy coating of protective white face cream. Our initial assumption was that this was associated with her leading tours in the cave but she quickly eased our minds telling us that she had recently found out she is allergic to sunlight and that we needn't be worried that there was something in the cave creating her skin condition. Still, it was a pretty ghoulish sight.
... and fed we decided to make our way to approximately 15kms from Capastang and moored on a bank in a village called Argeliers. Quite a pretty town but we seem to have been inundated with flys! My god they are everywhere! Not sure why?? Is it the 32 degrees? Have the farmers sprayed manure? Not really sure, but i will be looking forward to leaving them as they are very annoying! Leslie an I went ...
... which should serve Marjolaine well on this trip.
Then we drove back toward Castelnaudary, about an hour to the west, where our next visit was with David and CÚline and their lovely daughter Orlane. Castelnaudary is known for several things, one of which is a name none-too-easy to pronounce. Another is the base of the 4th Foreign Regiment, responsible for training the French Foreign Legion.
A few miles outside of Castel, as ...
... and emotionally. We plan to explore many more pre-historic sites along our way.
A second very powerful experience occurred in the little village of Minerve. There we visited the site where in 1210 AD the Catholic churches' crusade against the Cathars began in earnest. In Minerve, in one brutal act, 140 Cathars were burned alive by Crusaders sent by the pope to wipe out this "heresy." In other words, they refused to convert ...
... Quite nice. Found some shops, and found a coat but didn't really want to pay 189 euro as I probably wouldn't wear it back in Oz. I was in search of an op shop, which they call vintage shops here but couldn't find one. Will keep exploring and if I can't get one over the next few days may go back and get that one. Stumbled across and exhibition of Michel Boucaut, Domondo and Fabienne Laheurte has some wonderful ceramics and sculptures. I really loved Domondo's work, he used ...
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