Friday, 24 July 2015

Please pass on our thanks to James for our wonderfully informative and interesting tour of Carcassonne on 5th July. He really brought the architecture, history and human emotion of medieval life during the Albigensian Crusade to life for us. So much so, that we went on to visit most of the major Cathar sites over the next two weeks. In fact, I'm just I'm just in the middle of reading the book on Montaillou which he recommended and it's an absolute revelation on what went on in those mountain villages at the time.
So, we had a wonderful day with James and really appreciated his erudition, laid-back style and obvious love of his subject. Please tell him that over the subsequent weeks we never encountered salad "mountains" like those we had that day...definitely a "Carcassonne one-off"!
All best wishes to you both and hope that your Cathar tours business continues to thrive.
We're recommending you to all our friends, of course!

H McCann, Wimbledon, London

Thursday, 26 March 2015

March Review

I just wanted to thank you and James so much for making my time in Cathar country so illuminating, interesting, and ... tasty! Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, I got to eat a delicious meal in a castle! So very special.

Monday, 24 November 2014

New Review

Testimonial (Carcassonne & Lastours)

James was so wonderful and passionate about what he does and his knowledge of the interesting history of it all is amazing....please thank him very much for me. Is he by chance going to that Belevedere view spot near Lastours with anyone else soon where I can join.

Monday, 17 November 2014

One day tour Montsegur and Puivert

A full day visiting two Châteaux about an hour's drive south-west of Carcassonne, both with strong Cathar connections.

Montsegur is the iconic Cathar Castle, the "head and the seat" of the Cathar Church. It was besieged by the French army in 1243 and fell in 1244, signalling the end of all Cathar resistance. Over 200 Cathars were burned alive here, refusing to renounce their faith to the last.  The visit includes a climb to the castle, lunch in the museum and lunch in a secluded restaurant in the village which specialised in traditional food with local produce.

After lunch we visit Puivert, a castle owned by a Cathar family who are known to have been patrons to many troubadours. It was besieged by the Crusaders during the Albigensian Crusade in 1210. The family fled and a new Catholic lord installed, who built a new castle next to the old one. In keeping with the musical theme there is a museum of the Troubadours and their music and instruments in Puivert village.

Model of Montsegur II