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The Meyer Family travels to southern France


The Meyer Family in Carcassone

The Meyer Family in Carcassone

In July of 2013, the Meyer Family (Amber, Eric, Matthew, Patrick, David) along with their grandparents, Brian and Louise McLeod, travelled to southern France for a week of castle exploring.

The stayed in a lovely, quiet, and quaint farmhouse just outside of the tiny village of St. Polycarpe near the larger town of Limoux about 35 km. south of Carcassonne.

The farmhouse was situated at the top of hill with a view of rolling vineyards. The nearby village of St. Polycarpe was charming boasting an ancient aquaduct and a church.

Travel with us as we discover the Cathar Castles of the Languedoc and a day trip on the Canal du Midi.

Then view our relaxing week on the Costa Brava in Spain.



View Slideshows of our Daily Expeditions:

- Learn about the Cathar Castles of Languedoc

- A day in Carcassonne

- Chateau Lastours

Grotte de Limousis

- A Day on the Canal du Midi

- Quillan, Chateau Puylaurens, Abbey of Alet les Bains

- Fanjeux, Chateau Saissac, Abbey de Villelongue

- Chateau Termes

- Chateau Peyreperteuse


P1070821Abbey of Alet Les Bains

>> View the slideshow – Quillan, Chateau Puylaurens, Abbey of Alet les Bains

Alet-les-Bains is located near a hot springs in Aude in the south of France.

The origins of the abbey of Alet-les-Bains are unknown other than that of a priory in the eighth century.

A wall, with 4 gates, built in the twelfth century to protect the abbey can still be seen today.

In the sixteenth century, during the wars of religion, the Huguenots burnt and destroyed the abbey. In the seventeenth century, Nicolas Pavillon, bishop of Alet who stood up against the government of Louis XIV could have found the means to repair the abbey, but did not feel that given the poverty of the people in his diocese, it would be acceptable. He did however build a bridge that spans Aude, in 1662 and gave an improved system of irrigation, as well as a seminary.



Fanjeaux is located west of Carcassonne. Between 1206 and 1215, Fanjeaux was the home of Saint Dominic, the founder of the Roman Catholic Church’s Dominican Order.

 >> View the Slideshow – Fanjeux, Saissac, Abbey Villalongue




P1080062Cistercian Abbey of Villalongue

Isolated at the end of the ‘Vallé longue, by the side of a river and hidden by ancient trees, the Cistercian Abbey of Villelongue rises. It is a collection of buildings of the 12th century of the greatest historic and architectural interest.

“A visitor, wishing to drink deeply from the secret charms of Villelongue, will stop here a while. At the bottom of the gardens sits an unusual square, ageless dovecot (pigeonnier). At its the foot, fed by the fresh waters of the Vernassonne stream, lies a long pond teaming with life. Sun-drenched walls covered in trellises frame the interior gardens – the whole floating between heaven and earth, ever changing colours with the hours and the seasons. If time permits the stroller pauses here to taste for an instant the calm of eternity.” Benoit Chauvin  – Pierres pour Villelongue

Latticed willow hedges, an aviary, water features and a garden filled with gourds all entice the visitor into a voyage back in time.

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