It was a nice weekend, so we took a little Saturday drive down south, to the departement of Ariege. This area has beaucoup de monuments Cathars. The most famous would be the ruins of Montsegur, which we have visited more than once.
But figuring that we’ve ‘been there, done that’ in re Montsegur, we decided to visit a different place or two.
Our first stop was the Chateau de Roquefixade, perched on top of a cliff above the little town of the same name. There is written evidence that a chateau has been at this place since at least 1034, meaning that it will soon be coming up on its millenial celebration. After we parked the car and got out, we looked up at our destination and each of us thought (or said out loud), “We gotta get up there?”
The scenery was fantastic: Sunflowers fields in the valley below were in bloom and I got to see gliders in action for the first time in my life as two of them were towed into the sky by a prop plane using a dirt airstrip in the valley.
The castle is privately owned these days – a man’s home is his castle and all that – and some movies have been filmed there as well, notably the Johnny Depp feature, ‘The Ninth Gate,’ directed by, um, Roman Polanski.
To see more pix of Chateau de Puivert, just click here.
Next time, I think we’ll go see the chateau at Peyreperteuse, which is supposed to have outstanding views.