Foix

Foix was the hometown of the woman who probably epitomises how far ahead of their time the Cathars were. Esclarmonde … More

Mirepoix

The town of Mirepoix has the finest main square west of the Rhone. The whole square comprises wooden arches topped … More

Three Sons of Carcassonne

Perched on a narrow rocky outcrop, the magnificent castle of Queribus stands at an altitude of 728 metres. The castle … More

Montsegur

I visited Montsegur to see the place where the Cathars had made their ‘last stand’ against the besieging forces of … More

Rennes-le-Chateau

There are many conspiracy theories about Rennes-le-Chateau and the fact is without these conspiracy theories fewer visitors, including myself, would … More

Toulouse

Toulouse is known as the “Pink City” because of the large number of buildings built from brick. These buildings include … More

Carcassonne

As part of the Treaty of the Pyrenees between France and Spain in 1659, France gained Roussillon and Perpignan, parts … More

Narbonne

The Via Domitia was constructed in 118 BC around the same time the first Roman colony in Gaul, Colonia Narbo … More