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The bloomin’ heather

The first time I visited this region, I paid little attention to the flora around the house. It was green. The second time I came, I noticed that, lining the long driveway to Montplaisir, were hundreds—thousands—of bright green heather shrubs. All native. Many more than a metre tall. It being Read more →

boule of country bread. Photo © by Brett Neilson

Good bread

If you ask Gaston what he considers to be the defining qualities of good French bread, his eyes lose focus and a dreamy expression comes over his face. You may prompt him: “Crusty? Fluffy?” That snaps him back into the moment. “No! Absolutely not.” I agree with his disagreement. The Read more →

chateau régine, at one of the four lastours castles

Ruins IV

Chateaux Lastours This was our first big hike of the vacation. It occurred towards the end of the day, after a visit to our favourite vigneron (and accompanying wine tasting—by Mimi. Gaston abstained from more than a few slurps, as he was DD), lunch below the troglodyte village of Minerve Read more →

Aguilar chateau

Ruins III

Chateau Aguilar

Ruins II

Chateau Roquefixade Gaston and I caught the Friday market in Foix, took a heap of photos as the light was crystal clear—that would have been the first day of Autumn light—then departed to conquer Roquefixade. We’d been intimidated by this chateau on previous visits. The approach appears vertiginous. First visit Read more →