145/366 – Lauragais

January 18, 2009 at 2:48 pm (Uncategorized)

145/366 – Lauragais

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  • The Lauragais is my favourite part of rural France. With its gently rolling countryside, it reminds me very much of my native Warwickshire. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s lines “Such little hills the sky/Can stoop to tenderly, and the wheatfields climb” could easily apply to both. In medieval times, the Lauragais was so prosperous it was nicknamed the “Pays Cocaigne” (as in “land of plenty”, not “class A drugs heaven”). The medieval heresy of Catharism took root here before spreading to the areas now known to tourists as the “Pays Cathares”, but the Lauragais has been slow to market itself as the Cradle of Catharism. Ten years ago it didn’t get many visitors, and the farmers who passed my car as I sat in deserted country lanes looking at the scenery clearly thought I was odd!

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