Best Short Walks:Chemin de la Mine

Starting at the Chapître of Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet is the Chemin de la Mine, that takes you up and back to a fascinating piece of Saint Paul’s history: its mining heritage. The 5 km round will take about two hours, with 220 metres of height covered. Walk from St Paul’s landmark Chapître to the town square Place Saint-Pierre, cross the D117 and follow the country road to the bifurcation at the château d’eau, the town’s water tower. Uphill the Lesquerde Mountain Ridge Take the left branch and follow the Rue de Lesquerde uphill, until you come to a crossing, where a steep gravel slope will meander uphill while following electricity poles and lines. Heading…

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…

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…