I STILL MISS THE PAIN
BELVES AND BEYOND
What can I say about the little hilltop town that was our home for a week.
'Bloody Amazing' leaps to mind.
It was gorgeous.
Think of the most typical French medieval village you can then squeeze the pure essence of it out and rub it all over your body while eating fresh baked Pain smeared with your body weight in Fromage while sipping a Bordueax and you will be close.
The house was wonderful and welcoming and all 8 of us fitted in quite comfortably.
I got to drive and we took the paege/toll roads for most of it. They can be expensive but with the speed limit at 130km/hr its totally worth it. I was quite comfortable sitting at 150km/hr and was still getting passed. God knows how many speed cameras we set off in the course of our trip.
One of our favourite games is 'Carcassonne', so I brought it with me and spelt out the name of the group blog I babble at. Its important to maintain the geek image while in foreign climes.
Yes, yes I'm a geek....lucky so is everyone elseThe next day we picked a interesting looking castle mostly at random to go and explore, and boy did we choose well.
Chateau de Puilaurens. A completely crazy arsed castle on a knifes edge built in the 12th Century by people who were not afraid of heights.
It was closed being January and all, but a small chain wasn't about the deter us. The trail up is steep and rocky and looking up at the walls is a bit dizzyfying.
The place is outstanding. Restored places are cool, and gives you a good feel to how it must have been like to work and live there, but for me a good ruin has much more of a impact. Give me a crumbly, overgrown wall any day.
We had a great scramble and a superb picnic lunch with a view to kill for. Most of our meals consisted of the most yummiest bread, cheese, pate, jamon, and wine...simple and perfect.