Languedoc-Roussillon Things to Do

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    Loius XIV and the shady trees
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Languedoc-Roussillon Things to Do

  • Basilique St Nazaire

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    The Cathedral in the Cite within the Castle walls is a wonderful church with lots of goth, stained glass, wild water spouts and fine sculptures. The cathedral as it stands dates from the 11th Century, however, there is evidence of a church on this spot as far back as the 6th-7th Century. Some of the tombs are dated as far back as 1266.

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  • Promenade du Peyrou

    Montpellier Things to Do

    Situated at the North of the City it is where the aqueduct brought water into the town. Being French, it doesn't look like a water building at all, more a work of art. It's called teh Chateau d'Eau. The Promenade is a wide open space with some trees and benches where you can stroll and people watch as much as you like. There were a couple of stray...

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  • Walking

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    I was staying nearby so i had to take this road to get home anyway. There is a lovely little park and a nice trail to walk You are far enough away from the cite that you can get a good shot, but its not entirely unobstructed. On this side of the river (bastide side) you are likely to meet just locals walking this path, peoeple out for an evening...

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  • Place de la Comedie

    Montpellier Things to Do

    At the center of the Place is the Three Graces Fountain. To the north of it, the Place continues as the Esplanade and eventually becomes the Champs de Mars garden which leads to the 17C Citadel. Also in this direction but more to the east is the Polygone district. Near the center the streets to the west contain many fine mansions with the closest...

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  • La Cité Médiévale

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    The walled town of Carcassone is unique because it has a double ring of walls. Its entire length is 3 kilometers, and it has 52 gigantic towers. The external wall was built during the time of Louis IX when the town was part of the royal estates. The Romans first fortified the hilltop around 100 BC, who called the place Carcasum, being the colonia...

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  • Antigone

    Montpellier Things to Do

    Antigone is an area built from scratch during the 80s, in neoclassical style. What I like the most is entering the Polygone shopping mall from Place de la Comédie et going out from the Antigone exit. The impression is to be in a different city. Buildings are all built with the same youllowish stones and all look the same. The main pedestrian...

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  • Chateau Comtal

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    Through another archway and across a second dr moat is the 12th century Château Comtal. Chateau Comtal was built in the 12th-century by Bernard Aton Trencavel. Chateau Comtal was originally the palace of the viscounts but was later converted to a citadel after Carcassonne became part of the royal estate in 1226.

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  • Arc de Triumph

    Montpellier Things to Do

    This triumphal arch was built in honour of Louis XIV in 1691 by Daviler upon the site of Western city side medieval gate. Medalions depict important events during the king's reign. On the city side, you see the Canal du Midi connecting the Ocean and the Mediterranean and the revocation of the Edict of Nantes which outlawed Protestantism.

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  • Chateau Comtal Museum

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    While you can enjoy 80% of the castle without going into the Museum, the Museum provides a great deal of explanation and a walk around the ramparts and towers of the center of the Castle. It also includes an exhibit of Roman era sculptures found in the area.

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  • Le Pont Vieux

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    A first glance it just seemed out of place. If you look from the Pont Vieux you will see a large construction that looks like a man with his hands up. During the daytime it just looks odd. However, at night it is all lit up and it sort of looks like a giant man that is reaching out from the river. I didn't have a camera with me at night so I wasn't...

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  • Place Carnot

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    the lovely large square at the center of the Bastide St Louis is today called Place Carnot. It was originally much larger and over time has changed names and functions according to who was ruling France. At the center of the square is the large statue of Neptune,carved by the Italian sculptor Barata in 1767. Today there is a fruit and vegetable...

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  • Porte Narbonnaise

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    Of course structures like this main gate have a very important part in the defensive structure of a city. We learned that in a war situation, the wooden hoardings supported on beams fixed in the walls could quickly be installed above the gate and at the top of the towers to improve the active system of defence. The domestic amenities equipping the...

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  • Lices Hautes

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    This first tower was in fact the choir of Saint Sernin church, which doesn't exist anymore. The neighbouring tower is even more stranger. It is a big stone block without any window stuck to the wall. The Tour du Trauquet (trauquet is an occitan word meaning small hole) once served as a secret entrance of an underground way ending up outside of the...

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  • Canal Du Midi

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    The Canal du Midi runs from Aquitaine to the Mediterranean and is 240km long. It's now a World Heritage Site. there's a pretty little lock and mooring basin near Carcassonne railway station, and pleasant walks along the towpath.

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  • Ecluse de l'Aiguille

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    Another joke by the Artistic Lockkeeper, the face of a man carved in a tree, together with a sign that says Homo Sapin (Homo Sapiens = thinking man, Latin scientific classification for humanity; plus this kind of tree, a fir, is called a 'sapin' in French)

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  • Musee Lapidaire

    Carcassonne Things to Do

    Located within the Château Comtal, visiting the museum is the only way to gain access to the chateau. The collection Roman and medieval artifacts is interesing. My favorites are the old gravestones, the round stone missiles (they look like cannon balls, but are of stone) use for catapults. Also impressive are the murals on the walls of one room in...

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  • Quillan

    The town of Quillan dates from around the 12th century. It is probably not a tourist destination in itself. It is,however, an excellent base to explore the upper Aude Valley and Cathar country. There are good transportation links to Quillan and it is an easy trip to the Cathar Castles, Gorges de Galamus. During the week you can use the bus to get...

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  • Rennes le Chateau

    Rennes le Chateau offers a unique chance to explore a place that is mysterious. Wrapped in local legend you can delve into the controversial questions about this place. At the center of it all is Mary Magdalene, who has long been a local legend. Did she die in the South of France? Was she Jesus' concubine? If you are a fan of Da Vinci code this...

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  • Alet les Bains

    Alet les Bains started life as a Roman settlement, mainly due to the presence of hot springs. What you can see today is a small town that has remains from various eras- some Roman, plenty of medieval remains. Interestingly, this small town once had an enormous pilgrimage church whose importance far exceeded its size. This was because at one time it...

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  • The Cathar Castles

    The Aude department trumpets itself as Pays Cathare, the land of the Cathars. Indeed, a major draw for tourists is the possibility of seeing a few of what are popularly called "Cathar Castles." These are isolated fortresses basically on or near what used to be the border between France and Aragon. Today it is the border between the departments of...

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  • Carcassonne

    One of the most important reasons to come to Languedoc is to see the fabulous castles here. As castles go, Carcassonne stands out like few others can. It is visually stunning, taking up the entire hillside You have to wonder how it could even have been attacked, it seems to amazingly well protected and mighty. You have that wonder as you walk...

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  • Port-Vendres

    Port-Vendres is the only natural port along the rocky Mediterranean coast (called the Vermilion Coast, because of the bright red colours of the rocks) and is situated near the Spanish border in south west France. Port-Vendres is both a deep-water commercial port and fishing and yachting harbour working all year round. July 1982See My Travel Page...

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  • Collioure

    Things To Do: Collioure Located only 20 minutes from the Pyrenees and Spanish Catalonia, Collioure is an attractive port that was home of the Fauvist Movement, favoured because of the rare quality of the light. The town said to resemble St-Tropez before it was spoiled, a French answer to England’s St Ives. Collioure is a charming and alluring port,...

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  • Canet-Plage

    This seaside resort is a favourite with the locals from Perpignan with its 9 kilometres of sandy beaches and its immense sea front boulevard. The busy yachting harbour has moorings for over 1,000 boats.July 1982See My Travel Page for more information.

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  • Argelès-sur-Mer

    Argelès-sur-Mer is an old Catalan village located on the Mediterranean coast 20 km south of Perpignan, near Spain and at the foot of the Pyrenees, in one of the sunniest regions of France. Its small, narrow streets and picturesque houses give it an outstanding French charm. The area boasts a sandy beach 7km in length, that’s been awarded the...

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  • List of Roman bridges

    The Romans were the world's first major bridge builders. The following list constitutes an attempt to list all known Roman bridges, many of which still survive to this day.Most data not otherwise marked comes from O’Connor's Roman Bridges which lists 330 stone bridges for traffic, 34 timber bridges and 54 aqueduct bridges.Pont du Gard is one of the...

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  • Gard-river

    The Gardon or Gard (Occitan and French: Gardon, Gard) is a river in southern France. It is the namesake of the Gard département. Several of its tributaries are also called Gardon.The Gardon is 133 km long including its longest tributary "Gardon de Saint-Jean". The Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard and the 16th-century Pont Saint-Nicolas are two historic...

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  • Pont du Gard

    The Pont du Gard is 275 metres long at its highest level, with a height of 44,77 metres. The first two bays are constructed with arches superimposed and juxtaposed in the same architectural scheme.The archways do not all have the same opening, that which spans the bed of the river is larger to allow freer passage of the river water. The central row...

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  • Pont du Gard Museum

    On the site of the Pont du Gard, you will find a museum tracing the history of the Roman aqueduct. Models, virtual reconstructions, multimedia screens and sounds draw you into the Ancient Roman world.Every day from 7 am to 1 amCultural spaces and welcome desk are open from 9 am to 5.30 pm (Winter opening hours available until the 29th of...

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  • Vernet-les-Bains

    Vernet-les-Bains is a mountain village ( altitude of 650 m (± 2,000 ft)) in the eastern Pyrenees of France. The village is set in a sheltered valley in the foothills of the Canigou mountain (2,785 m (over 9,000 ft).Vernet-les-Bains is known for its hot springs. A health centre is specially equipped for the treatment of respiratory and rheumatic...

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  • Stone organ pipes

    The beautifull sandstone formations : Site G?ologique des Orgues, are defenitely worth visiting.An easy road to walk to the site from the carpark takes you in 20 minutes to the site.A leaflet explains all the things you see on your way there. From the riverbed you are walking through to the birds in the area.The organpipes are sanstone formations...

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  • The Citadels of Vertigo

    It is not possible to visit Languedoc without at least visiting one of the Citadels of Vertigo, the famous Cathar fortresses, high on remote cliffs, full of mystery, witnesses of a tragic (and mysterious) history, beautiful lighthouses on the Pyrenean foothills. There is a page dedicated to these impressive fortresses, here is just a short...

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  • Narbonne old city: Keeping the old...

    I am almost sure the stones you see on the Bishop’s palace on rue Jean Jaurès side were not here originally, and have been collected from houses and placed there later. There are a few carved stones, medallions, mascarons, low reliefs decorating the wall and they are just surprising here.These are old stones, with various motives, from agricultural...

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  • Narbonne: Cloister

    “Thanks” to the Black Prince, the construction of the cathedral has not been finished, and in the area where the cathedral was planned to be extended, is a beautiful garden (Cour St Eutrope) and next to it the cloister dating from the 14th century and which also has a beautiful garden.Next to “empty walls”, with high empty gothic window frames you...

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  • Narbonne old city

    Replace the car with a horse carriage on picture 1, and you may have an idea of how it was to walk in the medieval city of Narbonne, in narrow streets, passing under arches, taking care not slipping on the cobblestones, finding your way in the crowd. . . . . The crowds have disappeared (Or they are not the same), but the streets are there, even...

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  • Narbonne: Former bishops palace: city...

    When you raise your eyes to the ceilings of this building you may see arch crosses like on picture 1 and may think the bishops lived in a nice place. It is a beautiful place to visit indeed! But also a bit strange, as may be they wanted to feel safe from Cathars and built a fortress rather than a palace, and there is a “light” central addition...

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  • Narbonne: Cathedral

    When you see the cathedral from the road in the plain, you already imagine you will see something huge and high. And, if you are not impressed when you are in the narrow streets, once you enter and look at the nave (picture 1), you again see it is a very high construction. Not only high, but impressively elegant, with the high pillars, the two rows...

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  • Narbonne: Cathedral St Just and St...

    Next to the Bishops Palace, the cathedral, which one can see from more than 30 km away in the plain, is said to be one of the best examples of “Radiant Gothic” architecture. I guess this is because of its general outside aspect, where indeed, when you walk around you are not sure you walk along a short or a long side. . . . You will notice thet the...

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  • Narbonne: Central square

    The former bishop’s palace is dominating the main square of Narbonne (picture 1); this palace is the city hall since the 19th century; you see from the picture that in fact several buildings from different periods constitute this palace: the Old Palace, like a fortress, left and right in military and gothic style, and in the middle, the more recent...

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  • Narbonne: Canal de La Robine

    In Narbonne are beautiful monuments and the historical city centre is picturesque, the beach is not far, but a walk along the Canal de la Robine, on grass, under the shade of plane trees is very interesting too!On sunny days, the locals sunbathe on the quays, behind the boats (picture 1), in a quiet atmosphere; small boats, strollers, sunbathers,...

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  • Narbonne: market, could be a restaurant...

    Yes a restaurant tip, as there are lots of small café-restaurants inside the market hall, next to the usual sellers you find in markets.“Chez Bebelle” (picture 1) is quite famous in Narbonne, as it is the place where rugby team supporters gather on Saturdays before the matches for some (some?) drinks and tapas-type food; tapas became a local custom...

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  • Narbonne if they say it, it must be...

    On picture 1, beneath the amphora, is reminded that Narbonne is the cradle of French wine making. Romans imported vine cultivation and wine making in the first century B C and since, Languedoc, and specially, the area around Narbonne is a wine country, everything turns around wine. . On the small tympanum above the entrance of the city hall...

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  • Beaches of Lower Languedoc

    In France, from first week end of July to last week end of August, the roads to south are jammed with cars of vacanciers (holiday makers) going to the beaches of the Mediterranean sea; the beaches of Languedoc are not as hype, upscale as the Côte d’Azur of Provence, here, it is the working class who goes on the beaches of the western side of the...

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  • Vineyards of Languedoc

    When I drive, I avoid to eat heavy food and of course drinking wine; I catch up sometimes in the evenings. . . . . Well, in Languedoc, you cannot make a few kilometres without seeing a vineyard, and they are really part of the landscape. The wines of Languedoc had not a good reputation until the end of the eighties, being grown and produced with...

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  • The Virgin of Cucugnan

    Apocalypse, XII-1, ff: “Une femme enveloppée du soleil, la lune sous ses pieds, et une couronne de douze étoiles sur sa tête: Elle était enceinte, et elle criait, étant en travail et dans les douleurs de l'enfantement.“ (A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: And being with child, she...

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