Going to France in a few months. Starting off in Paris to see the Louvre. Then on to sites I've been reading about.
Montsegur - see in previous post - 42 52' 35" N, 1 49' 51" E
Les Baux -
|Coordinate||43° 45′ 0″ N, 4° 48′ 0″ E|
Les Baux-de-Provence is a small village and commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône département in southern France, in the province of Provence. It has a spectacular position in the Alpilles mountains, set atop a rocky outcrop crowned with a ruined castle overlooking the plains to the south. Its names refers to its site — in Provençal, a baou is a rocky spur.
Lots of cool history.
Maybe the Cathar Castles if we have time. It's going to be tight. We're taking a little detour to Milan, Italy on the way to Barcelona.
Puilarens- 42 48' 20" N, 2 17' 36" E http://catharcastles.info/120717_puilaurens.htm
Queribus- 42 50' 3" N, 2 37' 21" E http://catharcastles.info/120721_queribus.htm
Peyrepertuse- 42 52' 01" N , 2 33' 25" E http://www.payscathare.org/3-6581-History.php
Termes - 43 0' 7" N, 2 33' 27" E http://www.catharcastles.info/120705_termes.htm
Avignon- is a commune in southern France with an estimated mid-2004 population of 89,300 in the city itself and a population of 290,466 in the metropolitan area at the 1999 census.
Coordinates: 43°57′N, 4°50′E
|Coordinate||42° 55′ 41″ N, 2° 15′ 48″ E|
Rennes-le-Château (Rènnas del Castèl in Occitan) is a small medieval castle village and a commune in the Aude département, in the Languedoc area in southern France. It is known internationally, and receives tens of thousands of visitors per year, for being at the center of various conspiracy theories. Starting in the 1950s, a local restaurant owner, in order to increase business, had spread rumors of a hidden treasure found by a 19th century priest. The story achieved national fame in France, and was then enhanced and expanded by various hoaxsters, who claimed that the priest, Father Bérenger Saunière, had found proof of a secret society known as the Priory of Sion.
In Milan, hopefully we'll check out Leonardo's 'Last Supper' and a museum or two.
Then we'll have a couple days in Barcelona and fly back home from there.