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…

Printemps des Échoppes 2015

On Ascension Day 2015, Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet celebrated its 23rd festival Printemps des Échoppes. Even though the weather changed from sunny to windy and wet, everybody enjoyed the festivities, with the town’s 22 associations contributing to the day’s varied programme. For all interested in local culture and cuisine, the annual ´Printemps des Échoppes“ is a great way to discover the region, with local artisans and producers inviting to discover and taste their produce, and bands playing popular tunes. The dance group, however, recalled the wild West of the U.S. with line dancing in style. Also on the agenda were guided tours of the town’s landmark – the Chapître, including a visit of…