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Footsteps of the Templars- Aveyron, France. Part 1

Footsteps of the Templars- Aveyron, France. This is a location map for the sites visited. 8-1-12 Averyon, France We left Montpellier, France on the A-75 highway to Paris. It was heavily packed with Sunday traffic and impacted with roadwork repairs. … Continue reading

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The Templar Knights of La Cavalerie, Sainte-Eulalie De Cernon, & Sainte-Jean D’ Alcas

After an excellent breakfast finished with coffee overlooking the misty gorge,  we left Saint-Jean-de-Bruel  and continued our Circuit du Larzac  with a brief stop at La Cavalerie, the companion to Saint-Eulalie-De Cernon. LA CAVALERIE This site was developed in the … Continue reading

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The Templar Knights of La Couvertoirade

We left Montpellier, France on the A-75 highway to Paris. It was heavily packed with Sunday traffic and impacted with roadwork repairs. We exited for the first stop in tracking the Footsteps of the Knights Templar at the 11th century … Continue reading

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Another Hill Town/Bastide

Generally  one enters a place from the front….but not  Cordes-sur- Ceil, France. (Their “front” door was a narrow, stone archway accommodating only 2 abreast). Driving around and up a narrow dirt road discouraged many 13th century attackers.   Parking was … Continue reading

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The Bastides: the birth of French Democracy

Domme is an almost perfect bastide: a walled village sitting on a hillside. (credits: by Luc Viatour, August 30, 2012) The Bastides: the birth of French Democracy Between 1220 and 1372 about 700 bastides, also referred to as new towns, … Continue reading

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Part 2 of An Ancient City……and an a Exchange Student

The next morning we had breakfast overlooking the central garden and swimming pool, finishing with  coffee by the poolside. Although we had met with Kate and her family over the years, each time was a new stage in all of … Continue reading

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La Rochelle

A Tale of an ancient city and a 17 year old Exchange Student We arrived in La Rochelle, France around 2 and hungry. Inadvertently I parked in a “Police Area” the only lot with spaces, and across the street from … Continue reading

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Footsteps of the Templars Part 3

8-5-12 Today was Limoux’s Farmers Market. We had to wander around before leaving, checking out the quality of the fruits and vegetables, and other wares and were much impressed. A small bag of fruit left with us. We headed for … Continue reading

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Footsteps of the Templars Part 2

SAINTE-EULALIE DE CERNON Entering the site originally built by the Templars and expanded by the Hospitallers were 3 floor buildings surrounding a large open plaza centered with a fountain. (see picture) Directly across from the fountain and adjacent to the … Continue reading

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Still at the beginning

Still at the beginning….. May 5-7-12 A timely arrival in Atlanta for our international flight to Paris. The airport is huge with marvelous huge speed trains to zip you from one center to another. Time for a drink in the … Continue reading

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