La Montagne Noir or Black Mountains are part of the Haut Languedoc Regional National Park. They sweep through central France from the heavy mixed deciduous woodland at their northern end to olive groves in the south.
If you follow the winding road up from Durfort to Les Cammaze in the Black Mountains there are stables where you can arrange to trek through the unspoilt forests and meadows of this wild and verdant place.
The horses are well trained and you will be led by an experienced local stable guide who like the horses knows the mountains well.
In Revel not far from Durfort is the second oldest covered market in France. It is said that it has remained open every Saturday for one thousand years. This market is the meeting point for the local village communities who gather to sell their produce,to barter and trade goods of all kinds from beds to baskets. Here you can buy a live chicken or a fresh cooked one straight from the roasting spit.
There are fresh locally grown vegetables and herbs sourced directly from small agricultural co-ops which are the backbone of French rural life. Cheese, Fish, Wine, Flowers, Olives of every shape and size and flavour .
On the outer ring road are stalls selling clothes and baskets, ironmongery and assorted odds and ends for the house
This market is a weekly highlight of the local area, a meeting place to chat over coffee and watch the world go by.
Soreze is a village with a powerful history.
An ancient military academy has been tastefully restored and now offers a hotel and various cultural summer activies. including book fairs, dog fair and horse fair.
Also the home of the wonderful Museum Dom Robert, whose tapestry works are famous worldwide and must be seen.
The village is peaceful and only a short walk across the moutain from Durfort where the boulangerie is a great place to buy bread and croissant each morning for breakfast.
Through the mountains towards Carcassonne is the village of Monteliou, the village of books. Here books are sold, exchanged , repaired and cared for. Books from all over the world are gathered here to be discovered and read.
A stunning and very beautiful hilltop village nestled on the edge of a steep river gorge surrounded by rich grape laden vineyards
Here you will find books galore, delicious food and a host of unusual artistic talents hiding amidst the rambling streets and alleyways.
Toulouse was the ancient capital of the Midi when France was a tribal national and the capital of the Visigoth kingdom in 5th century .
Known as “la Ville rose” (or the pink city) for its buildings of red brick it offers a rich tapestry of French culture.
Museums, Toulouse cathedral, boutique shopping, excellent restaurants and comprehensive travel links to the rest of Europe and beyond.