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May 18, 2018 - Lovely Lapradelle

In case you were hankering for more information about that Chateau that I only glossed over yesterday, here it is: Located on a spur of rock with commanding views of the Boulzane Valley in the Languedoc region of southern France, the Château de Puilaurens is one of the purported Cathar castles. Originally owned by the Abbey of Saint-Michel de Cuxa, it was acquired by the Queen of Aragon in 1162 and remained outside the area ravaged by crusader forces. As a result, it became a place of refuge for those fleeing the fighting. During the 13th...

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May 17, 2018 - Gorgeous Gorges, gigantic castles and grilled martyrs

'What should I wear'? I probed of Annie as we headed off for our afternoon excursion to fill in the time after our main event of the day. 'Will we be walking in mud filled hills or strolling through the town?' Annie's comforting Septuagenarian velvet voice reassured me that we would just be going on a drive looking out the window, so specialist clothing was not required. After all we had already scaled the mountain up to Château de Puilauren, a must see for any visitor to the Aude region of South France, and viewable from across the road of...

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May 15, 2018 - Chateaus, cars, Canadians and civilised hours

Why do we travel? For some it's to experience a contrast to their work environment and pace - if work is busy some travellers wish for nothing more than reclining by a pool in a sunny location, cocktail in hand; or if daily work is mundane, we may thrive on action, exercise, challenge and interaction. Some can't wait to brag about their bucket-list of countries to tick off whilst others like to plan nothing and just let fate dictate their day's adventures. Europe. Not all of Europe but what may seem a random selection of southern and...

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