Midi-Pyrénées at large is called “The Languedoc “ and includes so many remarkable ingredients , sharing together a common soul. Architecture and culture, people, history , wine producing region, museums, events, markets , nature , towns, picturesques villages, gastronomy, sports , discovery trails , religious sites, technology ... you name it , it’s there. Toulouse “ La Ville Rose” , Albi , birthplace of Toulouse-Lautrec , has just been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO , the walled towns of Cordes sur Ciel , Puycelci, Lautrec and the real gem the walled City of Carcassonne , but also Najac , Castelnau de Montmiral , Mauriac, Montauban, some of them founded as 900 years ago , were the new towns of the Middle Ages. Midi-Pyrénées was also the seat of Catharism , a Christian sect that drew the ire of catholics. Cathar ruins are to be seen everywhere , from the village of Hautpoul to the Musée de la Mémoire du Catharisme in Mazamet, and including Roquefixade and of course , Montségur, the capital of the Cathar struggle. Religious sites are numerous, the Sainte-Cécile Cathedral in Albi , The Abbaye de Fontfroide near Narbonne, the Dominican Convent in Prouille near Fanjeaux, The Abbaye de Caunes- Minervois , and the Abbaye de Lagrasse in the Corbières. Key museums are to be found in Toulouse. These include the Hôtel d’Asssézat , the Musée des Augustins, and the Musée Saint-Raymond. Albi houses the Musée Toulouse-Lautrec based in the former Archbishops’Palace called “Palais de la Berbie”, Castres has a Goya Museum; Montauban celebrates its status as birthplace of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres , Cahors boasts a Musée Henri Martin and Rodez is proud of its Musée Fenaille. The culture and traditions of Languedoc are fully experienced by wandering through markets and exploring fairs, all of them with an intensely southern feel, selling all kinds of fresh local produce, from truffles to foie gras, cheeses to charcuterie of unparalleled flavour. Sniff a truffle at one stand and chat with a vegetable merchant at the next. The pleasure of bargain hunting, of unearthing the wonderful and the strange. It’s a real treasure hunt here. Also discover a range of events that combine ancestral traditions and historical celebrations, or major festivals that are renowned far beyond our borders. Enter a unique gastronomic world where wine, music,colours and events provide a very particular celebratory flavour.
I cover the Tarn, The Montagne Noire, the Aude and a little bit of the Gers and Hérault. We moved to live here in Saint-Baudille five years ago for the sun and the 52 years old golf course of Mazamet-La Barouge , beautifully designed by two scottish architects Ross McKenzie and Richard Hawtree. Prior to coming to the Languedoc, I spent my business life with mostly american firms and international banks , in Paris where I was born , in Zürich, in Brussels, in New York and in East Africa and the Gulf. What I really like here are the people, their southern accent, their generosity and the mix between Northern and Southern Europe, the anglo-saxons’ humour and the latin enthousiasm for life.
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Region: Midi Pyrenees
Near: ST ELIX LE CHATEAU
36145 M2 land
Region: Languedoc Roussillon
11091 M2 land