Best Attractions in the Languedoc....

cnwriter..carolina By cnwriter..carolina, 6th Feb 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/11_cm5-w/
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Trace the footsteps of a group of spiritual people who lived happily together in the lush foothills and then withdrew to the medieval towns of Minerve and Carcassonne before surrendering to Simon de Montford and their slaughter ensuing. Journey through the beautiful countryside that runs alongside the Canal du Midi between the Pyrenees and Black Mountains beckoning to all who love the glorious gifts of Mother Nature

The fascinating city of Montpellier...

The journey begins in Montpellier, the capital city of the area with its own airport and TVG station. The narrow winding streets all seem to converge on the large center plaza, the Place de la Comedie, where happenings are almost 24/7. Be it open air markets, merry-go rounds, the occasional musician, all add up to the charm of a southern French city. You can sit and enjoy sipping coffee at outdoor cafes, wander the small historical neighbourhoods and come upon medieval churches like the 14th century Saint Pierre Cathedral, better known as the Montpellier Cathedral. Historically the city became a trading center in the 10th century and established trading links across the Mediterannean world. Because of its tolerance of all races, many Muslims, Jews and Cathars settled in the area and the city became one f the chief centers for the teaching of Medicine. Major redevelopment took place in the 19th century and the Antigone District became a mecca for housing and other building projects like the Polygon three story shopping mall with its Galerie LaFayette and other known stores. Here you will also find the oldest botanical garden in France, founded in 1593 and named the Jardin des Plantes. Lovers of nature will enjoy the La Serre Amazonienne, the quite amazing Amazon greenhouse.

A charming place to stay in Montpellier

If the foyer of the Hotel Pullman Montpellier Antigone could draw pretty pictures in your mind, then when you enter your ensuite bedroom with its colours of blue and raspberry and marine-style decor, you will be more than delighted. The elegant ‘Le Ciel d’Azur’ restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine and the breakfast buffet is a feast. Situate on the 8th floor with views over the city, it also has an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi and fitness room.

Barging along the Canal du Midi

Recommended is a hotel barge trip along the Canal du Midi a lovely waterway lined with plane, poplar and cypress trees stopping off at the quaint eleventh century village of Olonzac, then to Minerve which was the major site of the Cathar civilisation and built on a rocky spur between the Cesse gorges and Brian castle ruins. Further on the Roman Aqueduct at Venres beckons where remains of the Temple of Venus can be seen. Beziers offers its many churches and cloisters to explore and it is the birthplace of Paul Riquet, the visionary builder of the Canal du Midi. Marseillan with its basalt quays was founded in 535 AD and is home to the Noilly Pratt Winery.

Side trips are definitely a must especially to Narbonne, an ancient Roman city, where the indoor food market, Les Halles, offers sumptuous arrays of cheeses, fish, meats, breads and any food your heart desires.

Carcassonne...past and present...

Carcassonne is still today the most complete fortified city in the world. Perched high on a hill, the battlements are a model of medieval military architecture. Inside these towering battlements is a charming city with lots to see and even more to do. It is quite a journey walking the narrow passageway that snakes around inside the crennallated battlements but the incredible views are well worth the effort.

From these the Cathars jumped to their deaths when Simon de Montford and the soldiers of the Pope arrived. Burning was the order of the day as the Pope did not like another so called cult exisiting whose beliefs were much more to do with the actual teachings of Christ Jesus than what the RC religion espoused. It made him angry that a sect of people still existed whose pure beliefs so contradicted the corrupted ones taught by the Roman Catholics, another cult but one that had been made into a primary religion over the centuries. So he created a crusade headed by a Norman, Simon de Montford whose murderous treatment of the Cathars will long be remembered. Even today!!!!

Where to stay in Carcassonne

In Carcassonne the delightful Hotel de la Cite is situated in a lovely square in the middle of the medieval citadel and is an elegant yet warmly welcoming hotel. With three restaurants including the Michelin Star La Barbacane, the Library Bar with its live entertainment, and the informal Chez Saskia Brasserie serving local produce and wines.

And So It Is...

Many people have written about the Languedoc, the Cathars and the subjects herein contained but I hope this entertains you and gives you a vision of the many aspects I have written about. Enjoy!

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Beautiful Countryside, Canal Du Midi, Cathars, Cheese Making Wine Production, Crusade, Mother Nature, Pyrenees And Black Mountains, Rc Infamy, Simon De Montford, Southern France

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
I have been writing on food, wine, travel, cosmic creation and erotica for over 30 years I do horoscopes and numerology and light readings.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Feb 2012 (#)

thank you Mark, much appreciated..

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Good information on Tourist attractions of the Languedoc region of France, looks great. When I was in high school we went to Paris, it was lovely.

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author avatar Buzz
7th Feb 2012 (#)

Thanks for sharing this tourist attraction, carolan.

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author avatar Denise O
7th Feb 2012 (#)

What a lovely page. I want to go! A well written piece my friend. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th Feb 2012 (#)

many thanks to you all..

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author avatar Charles
7th Feb 2012 (#)

makes me want to visit this extraordinary area

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
17th Mar 2012 (#)

thank you Charles..it surely is wonderful

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