A castle and a market

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

On Sunday morning we went to the market in Esperaza. It was quite the hub of activity! There was the usual fruit & veg, but also clothes, chinese food, tasty looking baked goods, flowers, cheese, and free puppies! So you really could get everything. I had some amazing paella, and took home some spring rolls and samosas. Not very French, but super tasty!

On Monday we went to Chateau de Peyrepertuse, a castle perched on a cliff of 800m. It is a steep but short hike up from the parking lot to the main castle. If you are a bit more adventurous you can take some fairly precarious steps up to the San Jordi dungeon, the highest point of the castle. From there, as you can imagine, it is a spectacular view!

You can see rolling vineyards, the village of Duilhac, the Chateau de Queribus, and snow covered mountains. At that height, the wind whips you pretty good, and on very windy days the castle is closed entirely.

On the way back, we drove through Les Gorges de Galamus, a very steep canyon with an extremely narrow and winding road. At some points along the road instead of a stone wall at the side of the road as a barrier, they have metal railings, so you can drive literally inches from the edge and see all the way down! Breathtaking, exhilirating, or sickening, take your pick! Unfortunately none of the pictures give the depth perception of how far above and below you the rock extends. From the one pic you can see how windy the road is though.
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