Author Archives: Stephanie

About Stephanie

Stephanie and her husband are the proud owners of an 18th century townhouse in Castelnaudary. The need to earn a living means they spend more time at their offices in England and less time in Castelnaudary than they would like, but having a home in the Aude gives them something to dream about.

Montolieu or The Village of The Books

For book lovers not yet converted to e-readers who find themselves in the Aude, Montolieu is an ideal spot. It’s an idyllically pretty little village of 800 residents situated 16 kilometres from Carcassonne in the heart of the Cabardès vineyards. … Continue reading

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Bastille Day in the Aude

The 14 July is the French national day, known as la fête nationale or le quatorze juillet. It’s the day France celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution, when on 14 July 1789 the people of Paris stormed the prison … Continue reading

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Châteaux de Lastours

The image of four ruined castles standing on a rocky crest high above a river is a romantic one. In the case of the Châteaux de Lastours, the reality is even more spectacular. Lastours is a little village 12 kilometres … Continue reading

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Toulouse is not actually in the Aude, it’s in Haute Garonne. However as the city is on the border of those two departments and is so close to the Aude, I feel I can stretch a point and write about … Continue reading

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Snacking on Snails

If there are any Francophiles reading this who have never tried eating snails and think they never will, all I can say is never say never. During our annual holiday in the Aude last August we spent time with our … Continue reading

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