Béziers claims to be the oldest town in France… who knows how many other towns claim the same thing? (Perhaps I’m feeling a little jaded, having just read up on the “Cathar” castles in the area, many of which were built after the Cathars were killed (by Catholics in a crusade).) Regardless, Béziers is a beautiful small city, though none of its Cathar roots were visible.
As in Narbonne, there are many very narrow, twisting and turning streets in the old part of town. Narrow is relative, though – they’re a lot wider than many in Sarlat!
We thought the Christmas market in Narbonne was pretty large – Béziers’ is probably three times as big, with many more carnival games of skill (or luck). And, oddly, a large number of flower vendors…
The cathedral in Béziers is particularly beautiful inside. It has gorgeous ornamentation, and, most importantly, you can actually see it all. We’ve been in so many churches where you’re peering into the darkness trying to see what the subject of that painting is… This was the best-lit cathedral we’ve ever been in, I think.