Languedoc Roussillon Journals

Languedoc - French Treasure

An October 2004 trip to Languedoc Roussillon by nrf

Canal du Midi Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France More Photos
Quote: This journal describes the quiet pleasures of villages in southwest France.

Chateau Marcel

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Chateau Marcel 1 Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
We look for comfortable lodgings as our home base to explore a region. Whether for 2 days or more than a week, we want to feel attached to a community and live a bit like a locals. We don’t need sumptuous treatment, but the accommodation must be safe, clean, and comfortable. It must also be interesting and not a clone of anyplace from anywhere. And, it must offer value, because we’d rather spend less each day and travel more often. For an extended stay in the Languedoc, we found Chateau Marcel. It is in the village of Cesseras in the Minervois wine district of southwest France. Here, the Haldane family renovated an old building to create a number of modern, fully equ...Read More

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Dolmen des Fados (Hill of the Fairies)

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Dolmen des Fados (Hill of the Fairies) Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
Dolmen des Fados (Hill of the Fairies) is the largest megalithic tomb in southern France. According to people of the nearby village of Pepieux, it was constructed over 5,000 years ago. About 25 meters long, the monument is constructed of large stone blocks that form a corridor or passage tomb with two entrances. Only one capstone survives. The tombs contained cremated bones and decorative elements.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 28, 2006

Dolmen des Fados (Hill of the Fairies)
near Pepieux
Languedoc Roussillon, France

Lovers of Medieval History

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Canal du Midi Photo, Languedoc Roussillon, France
Landing in southwest France, we headed a rental car toward Pepieux, a village of Languedoc-Roussillon. Here, in a peaceful rural area, Canadian friends had purchased an ancient stone house. Before finding this, our pals explored for vacation property in Canada, Greece, and England. Going east from Toulouse, we followed Le Canal du Midi, a narrow tree-lined waterway connecting the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. It was a vital element of French transport for more than 300 years. Nowadays, cyclists and strollers enjoy old towpaths that present the longest flat walkways in France. Wishful sailors with ample time and patience glide canal boats through graceful locks and languid waters. ...Read More