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... was interesting as we left very green lush countryside and as we traveled closer to Carcassone the area looked more like Central California.
Our hotel was "interesting" The room was decorated bright pink and black, sort of modern. Weird... We did have an amazing view of the Castle of Carcassonne. The hotel has two mascots that greet you as you arrive and have breakfast with you, a basset hound and ...
... saw a sign pointing towards an Abbey and decided to have a look. After fortifying myself with a vanilla eclair from the local boulangerie I was ready for some touristic action. As an afterthought I checked my Passeport des Sites du Pays Cathars, and right at the to of the list was Abbaye de Saint-Papoul. With my 1 euro discount on the entry price my passport has already paid for itself!
The site closes for lunch at 11.30 which only gave me 20 minutes to look around. ...
... starts in the entry courtyard, then into the refectory which could seat up to 200 monks and lay brothers for meals. We then moved onto another, internal courtyard. This dates from the 17th century, but contains the well that gave the abbey its name; Fontfroid – Cold Fountain.
After that we moved into the cloisters. These are a beautiful example of 12th century Romanesque architecture with the paired columns typical of this style. Another example of the ...
... crunchy texture. Sensational.
Excellent food, great service in a charming location, and considering the quality, a steal at under 50 euros. Comte Roger ticks all the boxes.
Joined my tour at the tourist office at 10am. Our guide was a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic French women. We started with an overview of the fortifications in the place between the walls that she referred to as the "list", which I believe is because they used to ...
... The rocks are enormous and cover a river in one of the places we visited. It was so much fun to climb the rocks and traverse the stream. I felt so at home in the nature, hearing the rush of the stream underneath the dense stones. There was also a huge boulder balanced on a small rock which apparently happened all by itself. It was absolutely incredible. For the night, we went to the fireworks. Every city in France has ...
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