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... he died in September 1209 at the tender age of 24. Over the years the property has been handed to Kings of France and was set up as a strategic military fortress. By the 18th Century it was totally abandoned and was becoming a ruin with people taking whatever they could ie, stone, marble etc. In 1844 the State appointed architect Eugene Viollet-Le-Duc to oversee restoration work. He undertook a complete study of the fortifications and in 1853 the first part of the restoration ...
... the Bastide side. Much to Kate's pleasure we were able to visit two more churches including a climb of 213 stairs to the top of a very windy and cold bell tower of St Vincent Church for a panoramic view over the Bastide including the Medival City and its Chateau. This church has the largest naive in southern France and was built between 14th and 15th centuries. We then walked along the narrow streets through the ramparts that formed a protection border to enter ...
... list, again this is a large Catholic church dating back to 17th century and is listed as a national monument. Inside the church there is an impressive stain glass window depicting St Michael the patron Saint of Police.
Off to the markets next... This market is held each Saturday and covers a very large area which appears to be divided into two sections with the local farmers/producers in one area and sellers from outside the area and bric a brac ...
... to a town! John, once again, came to greet us. A pack carrier is always a Godsend at that
point! Ramo had found another fantastic spot overlooking the town, valley and a
Michelin starred restaurant which was luckily closed!
A very difficult climb presented itself the next day, almost
on our hands and knees. The compensation of a magnificent forest walk at the
end of the day was enough ...
... hours until our flight we decided to walk to the airport, which looked totally doable. We found a beautiful Cathedral in the early morning, that was barely lit by the candles and a few electric lights.
The rest of the walk was... interesting. It was pouring by the time we left the cathedral, so umbrellas in hand we followed the route to our destination. Then about halfway there the sidewalk turned to crosswalk turned to grass. It was too late to turn back, ...