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Minerve - more than meets the eye


I know I've talked about Minerve before, a few times if I recall.  But, each time I visit I learn more and I see the ancient village from another perspective and get excited about sharing with you all, yet again.

A photo show is the best way to describe what this Cathar village is like from many angles and you can see how a walking or cycling tour may be the best way to get the most from this amazing site near Azille - in the South of France.

minerve-above-4From the official parking lot above the village - the tower you see is one of the only original parts still standing from the Cathar days.minerve-cathar-tower








The tower close up arriving in the village from the only entrance during those days - a real refuge and well protected from the likes of Simon de Montfort's crusade.




View from the catapult launch that took out the water supply for the last of the Cathars - the only way Montfort could finish them on his crusade here in the Minervois.






Views from opposite the canyon, an inaccessible road until the bridge in the distance was built about 100 years ago

minerve-from-belowfrom the canyon below, a home poised on the edge of the cliff!


An old stone footbridge crossing the Brian river, now a beautiful gorge as the rivers runs mostly underground.


A surpise carving walking along the gorge below the village.

There is more to see as well, caves etched from the rivers that used to flow heavily down the mountainside, and there even art structures on occasion arranged in the canyons see from the bridge along the lower path!  Enjoy your visit to Minerve and we may even cross paths when next I am there!

Canal du Midi - Cycle for Cancer


The CFS (Cancer France Support) group is organizing a cycle ride for Cancer Support along the Canal du Midi this June.  Sign-up and ride to support this important cause in France.



More details can be found on the Facebook page 'CSF Canal du Midi Cycle Ride'


their website


you can contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information - reserve your spot now and ride the wind!

A Private Cruise on the Canal du Midi


I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a personalized lunch cruise along our well-known Canal du Midi, one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, and to meet and get to know some great new friends.

The Bella Mia, a restored classic cruiser, was our vessel and our hosts, Mel & John, couldn't have made the trip more delightful, present company excluded.


We met the boat, moored in a beautifully forested spot along the canal, near Mirepeisset in the early, sunny afternoon. We were all greeted with a tour of the fully-equipped 4-6 passenger boat, then offered a glass of wine as we got on our way and our 3-hour cruise began.

We headed for Le Somail passing by the moored peniches, swimming ducklings, cafe's and cyclists as John, the pilot, guided us under the much-visited & painted bridge in the center of the little hamlet and continued in the direction of Paraza & Azille, cruising at a very relaxed speed to take it all in, and not spill the wine!

bella-mia-cruise-1           bella-mia-gang

We were soon invited downstairs into the galley to partake in the lovely picnic-style spread that Mel had prepared for us: 2 chicken salads, a lovely quiche, a fresh green salad, a creamy potato salad, and, of course, more chilled white wine.


More conversation & tasting ensued as John chose a lovely mooring along the shaded quayside while we ate.  We then, slowly made our way back enjoying the scenery of the tree-lined canal in this perfect little cruiser for a perfect afternoon!


Mel & John's beautiful little cruiser is available for your personalized lunch cruise upon reservation, contact me directly for more information.

La Feria in Azille in the South of France


Azille's "La Feria" - is here again !

Friday April 29th marks the start of this year's events which last until Sunday evening...

...when you join us, here in the heart of the Minervois, you'll find parades on horseback & Spanish dancers in the streets.  Follow the bulls as they run down the main boulevard or join in, if you dare.  You'll find local food, drink and festivities for the the whole family to enjoy - we invite you in to our town center to share a piece of history in the true South of France!

  bull-run-horses        bulls-running

  bulls-down        bull-loose

  horse-parade-1        horse-parade

  sevillannes-1        sevillanes

Come and enjoy this once a year event in Azille - Ole!


Discover a Bohemian Treasure in the Minervois


Enjoy a peak at our serene home - you are welcome to come and enjoy a peaceful sanctuary

in the South of France!