Byzantine-style mural, the church at Cazedarnes, near Saint Chinian

South France Guide Photo of the Week - November 3 1997

Byzantine altar at Cazedarnes, Languedoc

Byzantine-style mural, the church at Cazedarnes

It is well worth the visit to this church that sits astride a rise above the main road in Cazedarnes, quite close to the abbey of Fontcaude. The murals were created in the 60's with a verve and passion - that is beautiful and strong. The font is well worth a good look, with its base in a sunken floor of designs of fish swimming.

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Cloister at Fontfroide Abbey, near Narbonne, Languedoc

South France Guide Photo of the Week - November 10 1997

Fontfroide Abbey Cloister, Aude

Even on a cloudy day, or when it is raining, Fontfroide Abbey, is an inspiration. The cloisters and abbey are breathtakingly beautiful, set amongst the steep hills near the Mediterranean coast. There is even a restaurant and rose garden for those that need to feed more than the soul.

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Ecluse de Gailhousty, near Salleles d'Aude, and Narbonne, on the way to Canal du Midi, Languedoc

South France Guide Photo of the Week - November 17 1997

Canal du Midi, ecluse de gailhousty, languedoc

 

The Ecluse de Gailhousty, can get busy with boats coming up from Narbonne, going up to get to the Canal du Midi in mid-Summer. Here there is wonderful architecture dating back to 1780, where the nearby marsh or etang of Capestang was being drained into the canal, as well as doing double duty as a dry dock for boats in need of repair. Last winter this area was severely flooded after torrential rains nearly made Narbonne impossible to reach.

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