Over the Channel with Rosie – Featuring photographs of Rosemary Ward – part 1

Quillan autumn colours

Quillan autumn colours

 

2Having lived in Norfolk for my whole life I have, for around the last 20 years, harboured a dream that at some point I might be able to spend time discovering and getting to know another village, area and country; not just somewhere random but somewhere that I had visited on several occasions since 1986, more specifically the French Pyrenees. In the last couple of years this dream has come true and I am like a child in a sweet shop making seemingly endless discoveries. The area that I have been discovering is around Quillan, in the Aude valley.

 

Scenically, it is a diverse area; just over an hour from the Mediterranean coast but in the foothills of the Pyrenees, under an hour from ‘serious’ mountains.

 

Lastours

Lastours

One of the main things that drew me to the area, apart from those already mentioned, is the history. The most visible reminder of this history are the Cathar castles

Puillaurens

Puillaurens

Although mostly built prior to the Cathar period of the 12th and 13th Centuries, some were used as refuges in this brutal period of French history. Many are perched on rocky hilltops, seemingly inaccessible to all.

Rosie has sent me some photograph of the flowers of the region which I will include in nest week’s blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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