Monday, April 14, 2014

L - Lauragais

 


Here is another beautiful and understated, under-known, under-visited area of France called “Lauragais.” (pronounced laura-gay) With my inlaws and some of our best friends we took the whole day to enjoy ourselves. I think you’ll agree that we saw a lot in that short amount of time. The Lauragais is located south east of Toulouse and is situated in two regions, the Midi-Pyrénées et Languedoc-Roussillon. We visited towns and villages like Villefranche de Lauragais, St. Felix de Lauragais, we picnicked before an amazing view, crept inside an old Moulin (windmill), ogled a yard full of statues, as if showcasing an entire village and  the people who made it run. The day was so perfect I almost couldn’t believe it. The scenery is to die for in the Lauragais. One can’t help but wish for such a life as is found in southwestern France. Come on in and see what you're missing...


Coming into Villefranche de Lauragais

The "Croix Occitanne," as it is now known. When I first saw it, the name was Croix de Languedoc, for the Languedoc area. If you read prior posts you saw this cross on a flag in the Gers...

A doorway still in use...

Obviously this space needed these flowers!

We bought four loaves of bread here...
A customer out enjoying the beautiful weather and talking to the barkeep

Not often one finds a house of this color in the southwest of France, and look at the lovely greenery

The Croix again at a lovely old drinking fountain that still works.

Someone did a lovely job creating this croix in the garden of the fortified Manoir...

Another beautiful door and doorway in Villefranche de Lauragais
A view from the garden of the manoir. If you click on the photo it should give you a larger view and you can see the new "power" windmills (yes, they are still called moulin), in the distance.

Another view south toward the Pyrenees, which you can see on a clear day

The amazing church



A streetlamp attached to a building in the middle of restoration

The entrance to the fortified manoir house

We walked up this street and noticed that the first house on the left is number 1. Right inside the old village gates
A toast to you, "A la tienne" To your health. We felt very healthy right there in the midst of such stunning scenery

Rows upon rows of farmland, stretched out to the horizon.

The moulin we were allowed to inspect

The long pole attached here is used to rotate the entire top/roof of the moulin, so if the wind changes one can still keep grinding

Inside looking up to the rafters, through all the gears both metal and wooden

A close up of the beams, the wheels, the teeth, the mechanism

And the date of when it was installed

One of two grinding stones still there

And the countryside just rolls on...

The yard of statues. Made me think of a "Twilight Zone" episode where one can imagine all the people of the village being turned into statues...

Directly across from the yard with the statues is this lovely river flowing through the village

One last look before we say good-bye...


8 comments:

  1. Hello Lisa! I'm here for my bulk read, interrupting my holiday--not in France, sad to say, just up at the beach. Thank you for this trip to Lauragais. I agree. That colourful house looks more Italian than French. Love it. I hope you're enjoying sharing your photos for the challenge.

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  2. Just stopping by to say "Hi" from the A-Z list and wish you good luck with the rest of the challenge :)

    Lovely photos x

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  3. I love the photo of the house with the blue/purple shutters. All that information about the workings of the moulin was fascinating. And the yard full of statues? Creepy. :)

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  4. As usual, great pics Lisa! Ever since I lived in Sicily as a child, I've always liked the European countryside as well as the architecture. Great stuff!!

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  5. Such a quaint village... really refreshing! What's the population?
    And I love the assortment of doors...
    Thanks for sharing these pictures, Lisa.

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  6. France is such a beautiful country. While I've been to Toulouse, I've never been to Lauragais. It looks gorgeous though. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful photos :)

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  7. Bon jour, Lisa,

    I forgot how much I miss visiting France. Your photos, your experiences, captured so vividly, make me yearn to revisit that beautiful country.

    Au revoir pour maintenant.

    Gary :)

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  8. France is such a gorgeous country, even the little known places.

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