We arrived at Sally and Phil's ( Rick's sister and brother in law ) home just after lunch and were made very welcome. Lovely smells of home cooking greeted us and home made cakes as well. Later that day Sally's cousin and husband from the UK ( Patsy and Steve ) also paid a visit. We had a great afternoon together with the odd drop of wine thrown in. Went for a pre dinner walk around the village, very interesting and do take the time, if you can, to click onto this area and see the history of it all. It is just lovely to see it all. Sally cooked a great dinner for us , some more conversation and before we knew it it was late and time to call it a day. A lovely start to our stay here.
After a lazy start to our day today, Phil took us for a drive around the area. Our main stop was to a village called Minerve.Never have seen anything like it, almost eerie in appearance and very very old. Lots of cliff faces, water ways and lovely cobbled narrow streets. The history of this village is most interesting and at times very sad .
Home again for a bit of lunch and a small break before we were on our way to Narbonne. This is a beautiful city with its main feature being the Cathedral. What a magnificant structure that is and very impressive to see and walk through. Well worth a visit.. The inside is awesome and very very high with lots of lead light windows which would have taken ages to make
. The cathedral construction history began in 1272 and was completed in 1340. When you see it you have to wonder how they managed to build it in the first place at that period in time. So much detail. I tried to buy a booklet on the cathedral, but it was only available in French and Spanish. A little disappointed as it would have been great to learn about it all. The internet will have to do its job instead.
So here we are at the end of the day, tired, weary and very well fed.We had a very interesting day , lots to see, also a lovely walk along the beach front at Narbonne Plage. the best beach we have seen so far, and yes the sun was shining today as well. More discoveries to experience tomorrow.
Lots to tell you today. Yesterday the 22nd we left our R&R location of MIllau and yes it was still raining. Never mind that cannot be helped. Dispite the weather we were still going the way we had planned by going through the country areas and not the toll roads or freeways.This meant driving through the mountain area called the Grands Causses and the Mts de Lacaune, reported to be the most scenic drive in the area. Lots of narrow but good roads and driving through some lovely villages on our way down. Villages such as St Afrique, Lacaune and finally down to Azille. this would have the most beautiful scenery to drive through because we kept climbing higher and higher. Just one drawback-- The weather was so bad and the cloud was so low that we spend most of the time with our heads in the clouds and visibility was about 2 meters if you were lucky. A pity realy and would love to do it all again on a clear day. The little bits we did see were fantastic and would be well worth doing. Never mind , next time.