Love that Languedoc
I love that Languedoc
There is so much to see in the Languedoc, it's hard to make just one hub that covers it all. I'm going to try to highlight some of my favorite parts of the region and then provide RSS feeds and photo feeds that will constantly update so you can keep your Languedoc education up to snuff.
Vines of the Languedoc
The Languedoc Roussillon produces almost one third of the wine in France and almost 10% of the wine in the entire world. All that wine comes from just one region! And it's gorgeous. Somebody on a long vineyard tour will continuously fall in love with vineyard after vineyard thinking "This is the most beautiful place on earth" each time. "NO, now THIS is the most beautiful place on earth." "Wait, THIS is." Haha, that is because they don't plant vines in ugly places.
Languedoc wine country is blessed with some of the most gorgeous scenes you'll ever see in your entire life. All wine drinkers and wine lovers should try to learn more about this fascinating part of the wine world.
Languedoc CastlesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Large signs on the autoroute announce "You're in Cathare Country" as you enter l'Aude at the heart of the Languedoc. The Cathari were knights and crusaders way back in the day when the Languedoc was home to some of the most gorgeous castles, citadels and fortresses in all of Europe. The Languedoc's large Mediterranean coast line was a regular stop for pilgrims and crusaders alike and many bought their retirement in this region after they found fortunes and riches in the Crusades.
A fair amount of the Dan Brown mythos takes place down in Cathare country.
There's also a dark and tumultuous history which has been shrouded in mystery ever since the cathari knights rebelled against the Pope. Most of the records about the Cathari were destroyed, their fortunes hidden. It was a bloody period of French history and some of the ruined fortresses are as interesting to see as the intact castles.