St Paul’s Chapître: A Hidden Gem

It’s the landmark of my little town and has been dominating its skyline for centuries: the Chapître-Collégiale: The tower of the chapter house has always been the landmark of St-Paul-de-Fenouillet, and is one the Fenouillèdes most remarkable buildings. Today hidden behind more modern building, you will  need to visit Le Chapître to truly appreciate it – the entrance is a tiny door right next to the tourist information. Its roots date back to 906, when the convent of Joucou belonged to the Benedictine monks. Following many noble endowments, the 16th century saw the installation of an organ, the addition of plaster decorations, the construction of the dome and other major works…

A Great Gallery In Quaint Bugarach

In Bugarach, the Maya calendar stated, you will be able to survive the end of the world. Even though things did not happen as predicted in 2012, the small village in the Aude mountains ist well worth a visit. Not only for a hike up the legendary Pech de Bugarach, were UFOs have been observed landing by locals and foreigners, but also for the new gallery opened in May by Diana Liljelund, a Finnish lady and trained architect. Now based in the south of France, she follows her true passion: the arts, bought a derelict post office at the village’s main street (Grand‘ Rue) and turned it into a fascinating gallery,…

Travelling on the „train rouge“

Some of you may have heard of the „train jaune„, which is travelling the Pyrenees to reach France’s highest railway station. Well, that’s one valley down. Here, you will find its red fellow – the „train rouge„. With closed and even open carriages, its travels across vineyards up the Agly valley, passes high bridges and dark tunnels. Connecting Rivesaltes, a winemakers‘ town close to the coast, and Axat, where the wild and young Aude river offers a gorgeous backdrop for a picknick on its banks, the train is being operated only on the summer season. For timetables and further details, check out its website at http://www.tpcf.fr. And enjoy my impressions of a great day…

My favourite winter walk: the Hermitage of Galamus

In winter, work is flooding my desk, leaving hardly any time to enjoy the beautiful landscape. So, walks a mainly limited to a quick strong through the gardens surrounding my small town. Or, if time permits, to a quick excursion up the hill behind my home, where I will park my car on a windy platform offer spectacular views into the Gorges de Galamus. There, a 20 minute descend starts, which ends at the doors of the small Hermitage of St. Antoine de Galamus, built a cave inside the Gorge de Galamus by a religious hermit. The hermitage dates from the twelfth century and comprises a number of houses and a chapel in…