Tuesday, November 25, 2008

La Couvertoirade

What a fascinating adventure this was! Jean-Christopher suggested La Couvertoirade as a great day adventure. Jean-Christopher is our Bouziguade friend who provides us with all sorts of great information. For example, he looked at a map of the Herault region with us (this is the region in which we live), and he circled all the great places we should see.

La Couvertoirade is a magical, medieval little village surrounded by fortified walls, battlements, and a castle! It was especially magical for us because the village was almost deserted during our visit. This was probably due to the fact that it was 1 degree Celsius – complete with a biting wind! Brrrrr. The upside of the cold is that the puddles were iced over, and Max got to see his first-ever icicles.

The castle was built by the Templar Knights in the 1200s!

http://www.francethisway.com/mbv-lacouvertoirade.php

The cobblestone streets are perfect for imagining what life must have been like thousands of years ago here!






The petite graveyard is fascinating, with strangely “Templar” headstones.

The church is the amazing cathedral type . . . so amazingly old.

The Cardabelle flowers hung on doors are said to open in the sun and begin closing up when rain is on the way.

The visit to La Courvertoirade was followed by a random stop in another amazing village – complete with ruins from 350 BC!! See my next post.

Love to all!

1 comment:

Denise said...

Hi Gayle,
Glad to hear that you are doing so well. I lost your email address. Do you mind sending it to me.

xox,
Denise
P.S. How brave you all were for the flu shots!