Don’t you think travelling by yourself is the most amazing adventure? I took myself off to Axat this week. It is about 40 minutes from Limoux, but felt like stepping back in time. The journey takes you on roads cut through the Pyrenees and along the fast flowing river Aude. The road winds around the mountains, and the air seems to get more and more clear. By this time, I am feeling a little peckish, and found a lovely little restaurant full of French people. http://aubergelapetiteourse-axat.com/ The restaurant has a “conservatory” area which reaches out over the river. The food is fresh and delicious, I had a fab salad with local goats cheese and cured ham, a little bit like parma ham and the dressing was made with local, honey. I finished with a coffee and the whole meal was less than 12 euros.
The village is small & so pretty, and the river is so fast running it is used by kayakers. I saw three kayaks go past, and it seemed to me they were travelling at 100 miles an hour! The shrieks of laughter coming from the rafts was so infectious, I NEARLY wanted to join in… nearly….
Walking around such a wonderful and historic place that is so full of the Cathar history is awe inspiring, and makes my quest for knowledge even more strong. How is it that the older you get, the less you realise you know and the more one needs to find out! I am going to study the Cathar history, and keep you updated. I am only just scratching the surface of such an ancient religion but the more I read, the more I want to learn about the Cathars and the Roman Catholic Church’s destruction of a people.