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Report 2022: Nine Weeks in Country, France

By phirhon from Queensland, Australia, Spring 2012

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Page 3 of 12: Week 2 Aude, 31 March - 7 April

Our next destination was the Aude region. On the way we stopped in Foix around lunch. An impressive chateau over looking the town. Our stay this week was an apartment in Couiza, between Lomoux and Quillan, which we found a good base to explore the area. The weather continued to be warm.

This area is a lot more rugged and we enjoyed drives up into the hills - one day had great views and a wonderful drive back along the rushing Aude river. One day we drove down the narrow Gorges of the Galamus before visiting the ruins at Queribus and Peyrepetuse - both amazing experiences especially the latter. One of the highlights of our trip. Of course we had to visit Carcassonne, which is quite impressive as you drive in. Lots of tourists.

We also visited Mirepoix, Camon, Alet-les-Bains (lovely), Rennes-le-Chateau and St Hilaire. The market at Limoux was busy on Good Friday and we enjoyed the new season asparagus we bought. Also enjoyed a couple of bottles of the local sparkling wine, Blanquette de Limoux.

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