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,…