Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

Montolieu – a French Village of books, and a favourite place for book collectors, writers, and artists

“The art of reading is the art of thinking with a little help”, – Émile Faguet
(“L’art de lire, c’est l’art de penser avec un peu d’aide”, – Émile Faguet)

Montolieu is a commune in Occitania (France), located 20 minutes northwest of Carcassonne and 45 minutes from Toulouse. The name comes from two words – …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Mauvaisin castle: a place in the Pyrenees for weddings, seminars, and artists workshops

Mauvaisin Castle is a small, fully restored 18th-century castle with a capacity of 15 people. The castle can be a venue for weddings, private parties, small seminars, or used as art studios.The castle is located in a park surrounded by century-old trees.

The castle is a 35-minute drive from Toulouse, in the small village of Lauragais, …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The Salses fortress is a modern age castle in a communal territory of Salses in the Rosselló comarca in Northern Catalunya (France)

The Salses castle (fortress) is a modern age castle in a communal territory of Salses in the Rosselló comarca in Northern Catalunya (France). From a chronological perspective it is the third of the Salses castles, after the Vell Castle and Castle Reial.

This castle today serves as a Museum of Salses History. It is located in …

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Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

St. Papoul Abbey is one of the Nineteen Gems of Architecture and an Important Religious Center of the Cathar Country

St. Papoul Abbey (fr. L’Abbaye de Saint-Papoul) is the former Benedictine abbey located in Saint-Papoul, a few kilometers from Castelnaudary and Carcassone, in the Montagne foothills.

It is one of the nineteen gems of architecture and an important religious center of the Cathar country (Pays Cathare), which is a historical area in the South of France.

St. …

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