Who knew saints would share a basilica? And who knew there was a patron saint for temperature… no, wait, that’s Celsius, not Celsus. M was particularly taken with the architecture and ornamentation of this basilica… he kept taking pictures long after C and J had headed outside to the warmer air. This used to be […]Read More The Basilica of Saints Nazarius and Celsus
Last week we visited the medieval city of Carcassonne, which claims to be the second most-visited attraction in France (the Eiffel Tower is first). Given all the narrow streets, we were happy to be here in January without the crowds! Look how long the shadows are – and this was at noon! C was visiting […]Read More Carcassonne
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 […]Read More Béziers
We left the Dordogne a week earlier than originally planned, worn down by the rain and okay but not the greatest accommodations. We came three and a half hours south and a little east to the small city of Narbonne, which is just a few kilometers from the Mediterranean. Three and a half hours isn’t […]Read More Welcome to Narbonne
Standing guard over our favorite bakery in Castelnaud-la-Chapelle is the Château de Castelnaud. We visited with our friends S & B during the week before Christmas on one of the rare sunny days of our two months in the Dordogne. (S & B get all the credit – they brought the sun with them on […]Read More Castelnaud
The week before Christmas we had the pleasure of hosting our friends S & B for a week. The floodwaters were receding from their high point, having flooded the road just a few houses down – and making us happy we’d rented a place on the second floor, so we headed out for the longest […]Read More Les Jardins de Marqueyssac
Have we mentioned the rain? Yes, after a brief respite, the heavenly faucets are once again open and the river is rising rather quickly. And the forecast is … rain! The object sticking out of the water furthest to the left above is the sign in the picture below: This is nothing, however, compared to […]Read More Man the Pumps!