23 July 2014

Holiday - Caunes Minervois

As previously mentioned Caunes was our base for this holiday this year.  We decided to go "in town" for a change. What we didn't anticipate about  living in a medieval town was that the houses would be so dark.  Those streets may look quaint but they don't let in much light.  You also don't get much in the way of garden, if any.

and when it rains the alleyways become rivers

This is the house across the alley, you have to get on with your neighbours, they are close at hand

This area is famous for its red/pink marble and there are lots of examples around the town

There are a number of good restaurants and we enjoyed an amazing meal at the La Marbrerie  we went for the menu Cathare - 7 courses, could hardly move when we were done.  We also ate at the La Mangeorie on the two Sundays we were there, they do a set meal with music, well worth a visit.  People just turn up and play, turns into a real jam session.

There is also a Tapas bar by the abbey, they also have live music but the night we planned to go it was full and also because it is open air, is only open if the weather is good.  We did manage a beer or two there one afternoon.

Another thing about old stone houses is they attract visitors, meet the Languedoc scorpion, apparently not poisonous but gives you a nasty nip! The one in the jar fell out of Peter's book onto his lap.  Think it was the fastest he moved all holiday. The other one got crushed underfoot, which is how I came to notice him in the first place.

So that was our holiday.  I hope you have enjoyed reading about it.  If you missed any installments then check out the links below.

Another visit to France, Walking, Canal due Midi, Markets, Carcassonne, Lastours & Minerve

Until next time


  1. Yes I have enjoyed reading about your holiday and loved looking at all your pictures, thank you!

  2. Great sculptures. The marble is such a nice color. I would not like finding a scorpion in my book! Or anywhere near me.


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