France’s Cathar Country

The Aude , a “department” or district in the Languedoc region is Cathar Country, whose most notable towns are Narbonne and Carcassonne. Cathar was a Christian sect that flourished in western Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was considered heretical and was roundly condemned by the Roman Catholic Church. Carcassonne is one of the…

Canal Holidays in the South of France

A wonderful French touring holiday – no experience necessary. We are a quality canal boat hirer based in the South of France on ‘Le Canal des Deux Mers’ (the canal of the two seas). One of the most famous canals in the world and a world heritage site which links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.…

Castles, Cathars and Crusades

The Occitanie region in the south-west of France is filled with the remains of a turbulent history, cultural heritage and proud traditions. Troubadours sang about the Grail in the medieval fortress of Carcassonne, heretics were burnt on the stake by the hundreds and politically, it was ruled in turn by Visigoths, Franks, Merovingians, Moors, Angevins…