Soreze – in the Tarn

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.

Churchtower_2It 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.

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