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…

Wishing You All A Merry Christmas With „Le Pessebre Vivant“

Thunder and red flash: suddenly,  the devil swirls across the stage in a red costume, horny cap and frightening long, sharp claws. Mary and Joseph are aghast; shepherds, farmers, and other locals at the crib resort to military, form a circle that closes  around the intruder that finally forces him to flee: Le Pessebre Vivant I enjoyed last weekend at the Palais des Rois de Majorque in Perpignan, has only little in commons with a conventional nativity play little. Not serious, thoughtful and subdued, peaceful and quiet like the ones I know from Germany, it came along as a  90 minutes long celebration in the power of life, culminating in the birth…