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Posted on February 15th, 2017 by paularath

Minerve is a tiny, picturesque Cathar Languedoc village, surrounded by ancient vineyards, located on the confluence of the Cesse and Briant rivers. It is a UNESCO Heritage site. It has the feeling of a sculpture carved into the rocks that the sculptor didn’t quite finish. It’s unusual in so many ways, one of which is
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Posted on February 12th, 2017 by paularath

There’s no question about it, this is the center of French wine country. While one may hear a great deal about Bordeaux and Provence wines, which come from about two to five hours away, the wines of the Languedoc-Roussillon don’t seem to get the same amount of attention. But, oh my, they should! I don’t pretend to be a
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Posted on February 11th, 2017 by paularath

At the top of my list of desired day trips from Carcassonne was the four Cathar Castles called Chateaux Lastours. To get near them, it’s just about a 30-minute drive north from Carcassonne. Once there, you go to a former textile plant that is now a visitor center. You buy a ticket for 7 euros and begin
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Posted on February 9th, 2017 by paularath

So here we are, in Carcassonne, France, spending a month taking care of two cats, Badoit and Pelegrina. How did this come about? Our friends David and Mike just moved to Carcassonne in January, after years of researching where they wanted to settle in retirement. The only problem: They had signed up for a cruise to
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Posted on January 18th, 2017 by paularath

It’s no secret to those who know me that I have tremendous respect and admiration for President Obama. His intelligence, depth, thoughtfulness, sense of humor, dignity, authenticity and, well, his CHARACTER, are all exemplary. The United States has benefited in so many ways by having him at our helm. It’s utterly appalling to me that
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