Saturday, 27 February 2010
Written 26th february
Today we have been following the trail of Tom and Katy in search of picturesque villages and pretty gorges. Its always good to benefit from other people's holiday reseach and experiences and today has been no exception :)
Back on the road to St Giulhem le Desert, another of France's designated pretty villages,o in the Herault valley.
The monastery gradually fell into decline after this time until it was registered by the French Historic Monuments Commission in 1840 and has been undergoing restoration since the 1960s. Today it is in part occupied by the Carmelite Order of St Joseph and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But all the artisan craft and tat shops you would expect... ;)
for glorious views over the streets and rooftops of the village.
the relics of St Guilhem and a cross shaped reliquary which we can only believe does indeed hold a portion of the cross - its the church, they wouldn't lie to us... Would they?
Sadly we weren't able to continue up the valley to explore the gorge further as suggested as we had urgent home matters to deal with which necessitated more Mc'Ds hot chocolate several kms away in Clermont l'Herault - shame but there we go, real life does go on and occasionally encroaches on our little dream world.
Nevertheless, an excellent day out - thanks T&K! - and stuff done, we are now en route to Sete, one of Bill's recommendations, and back on the coast where we are hoping for sunshine.
Bonsoir tout le monde x x
With love for now from Becky, Will and Jules on Saturday, February 27, 2010