Sorreze in the Tarn – an easy day trip if you’re in the Aude
On the A 61 before the Castelnaudary exit – or before the Villefranche exit – there’s a sign for Soreze. It shows an octagonal church tower. On Saturday, after visiting the market in Revel we had a picnic at the (drained) lake at St Ferreol. After lunch we went to Soreze because it was so close. It was the highlight of the day. A picture perfect medieval French village.
It seemed as if most of the houses had been renovated recently but the arcades and half-timbers had been preserved. My one complaint is that there were houses that had vinyl windows. YUCK! It’s like wearing running shoes with a vintage Dior gown. As much as I bitch about the Architect de France and listed buildings and the renovation restrictions at least it stops people from using vinyl windows. I don’t care how easy care they are, they’re ugly in an old house and almost obscene in a medieval house. Half-timbers and vinyl windows – how not to renovate.
The church tower is just that, a tower. The rest of the church was destroyed in 1573.
The Abbaye-Ecole, which was once a Royal Military College- until the revolution – and then a Military College run by the Dominicans until 1991 is now a museum. For the first time ever in my life I rented the audio guide. It was only a euro extra. Well worth it, I wouldn’t have had a clue what I was looking at otherwise.
Lynn and I started the audio at different times and were out of sync. And I have to admit that I was a bit confused about where I was in relation to the commentary. I guess these things take practice.
There’s a hotel in the Abbaye, Hostelerie Abbaye Ecole de Soreze, looks nice. There were a couple of interesting restaurants, a brocante, and a couple of galleries. And the best street name I’ve seen in ages, rue Perdu.
Below is a link to my Soreze pictures on Flickr.