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Perpignan Travel Blog

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Ever since I was young I have been fascinated by Castles, and their history.  Little did I realise how much of a treat I would be in for when I went to 'Le Pays Cathare', Cathar Country - with fairytale turrets at La Cité in Carcassone, breathtaking views from Le Châteaux de Puilaurens and small ruined forts on mountain tops– it truly was a castle lover’s paradise.   

 

As we flew towards perpignan, the sky was clear allowing full view of the patchwork landscape as we approached.  A very different view from what we took off from at stansted airport, the bustling suburbs of London replaced by small clusters of houses surrounded by vineyards, and the murky waters of the river Thames are no match for the shimmering waves of the Mediterranean.   I caught my first glimpse of a Cathar Castle as we banked over The Palace of the Kings of Majorca, its strong defences and pentagon shape, with modern houses creping up to the walls of the citadel.   

 

Once landing at the small airport I was united with my family and we started our journey up into the mountains where I would be staying for the duration of my holiday.   The rest of the afternoon past in a blur, the exhaustion of the days travelling and the heat of the afternoon sun lulled me into a light sleep.   I awoke at not long before we arrived in the village to find that we had come some considerable distance into the mountains, leaving the hazy planes of Perpignan far behind us.   We wound our way further into the mountain to stop at a tiny village called Fenouillet.   Situated in a small saddle in the mountains between 2 hills, it has a castle spreading over the hill to the right and a fort perched on the outcrop of the hill on the left.    I knew that this would have to be the first castle I conquered.....

 

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