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French Catalonia

Aside from the lush and diverse natural history of our region, what perhaps makes it most intriguing is its cultural richness. On the border of France and Spain, the southern Roussillon half of Languedoc-Roussillon has been influenced by a long history of shifting borders. Once entangled with Catalan Counts, Kings of Aragon and Kings of…
  • January 10, 2014

Picasso & Céret

The picturesque village of historic Céret is shaded by giant plane trees and protected by the foothills of the Pyrenees rising just behind. The vibrant Saturday market here is a favorite and the shops and cafés are the perfect place to while away an afternoon. It’s easy to understand why Picasso chose this village to set…
  • January 10, 2014

Matisse & Collioure

Henri Matisse got off the train in the coastal village of Collioure in 1905 at the age of 36. He was relatively unknown at the time. But the southern light he saw that day would be the inspiration behind his soon to be famous name. Matisse immediately sent a post card to his friend André…
  • January 10, 2014

On Ancient Borders

Perched high on rock outcroppings—seemingly defying the laws of nature—are the famous Cathar castles situated on the border of the Pyrenees-Orientales and Audes departments of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Catalan counts began constructing such fortresses in the 11th century to protect their northern boundary. Quéribus is one of the oldest of these border-claiming castles. It sits 730…
  • Active Travel France, Cathar castles, France, france bike tour, French Catalonia, French History, Languedoc-Roussillon, South of France
  • January 16, 2014