. This is about 8 kilometeres from Mas Cabardès. There
is a fine Romanesque church there similar to the one in our village with the
characteristic octaganol tower.
There is a fine lake with areas for swimming and a sperated section for
boating. A small cafe is located at the entrance to the lake and
alonside to the lake is well organised campsite.
Although the journey is only 8 km it seems like rather more as the road up
from Mas through Rocquefere and La Bastide is very narrow and winds round
the hills with several hairpin bends. The place when you get there is
well worth the journey.
Approached by a winding road from Rocquefere Cubservies has a
magnificent waterfall, the highest fall of water in in the
Montagne Noire. For the more adventurous it can be approached on
foot from Mas Cabardes. Walk up past the Mairie and then past the
church and climb the path unti you pass the sixth bridge. It is a
long arduous climb but provides wonderful views over the Pyranees and
culminates in the magnificent waterfall. If you want to make it an
even longer walk you can take the path back down through La Bastide.
The complete walk is about 17 km with about 800 metres of climbing.
This is the highest point in the Montagne Noire. At the top there are magnificent views of the Pyrénées. There is a 'Table d'orientation' there which
give details of all the mountains which can be seen. In summer
there are cross country bicycle races down from the Pic.
At the very top there is a television station which serves the whole of
the region. There is an excellent walk down to Pradelles Cabardes
cross country. If you drive up with two cars and leave one in
Pradelles this makes a wonderful but not arduous summer days walk.
The village itself boasts a splendid gourmet restaurant with a
Michelin star and prices to match. For those on a more
modest budget there is the Auberge behind the main restaurant which
has equally good food but with a more restricted menu.
The highlight of the village is the view of the superb Cathar
castles. There are two ways to see these. For the
lazy drive up to the belvedere and then walk along as the view
expands. In the summer months there is a small charge for this
and at the high season they have 'Son et lumiere' exhibitions in the
evening. For the younger and fitter you can walk up to the
castles from the village, but remember to bring a water bottle.
This village is our nearest neighbour and is a former winner of the Village Fleurie contest.
The village has a castle, a small cafe and an excellent restaurant called the Sire de Cabaret. In the summer there is a jazz festival
held in the open air. The superb flowers which
decorate the village are maintained by Denis Lausse who
keeps the shop in Mas Cabardes
. This is a region near Conques where the ground
was cleared of rocks and the rocks were fashioned in small
shepherds huts. The buildings are made entirely of dry
stones with no mortar. They are built without any
frame or other aid to construction. Typically they are
just about high enough for an adult to stand up. They are only one
room and would have given overnight accomodation for a
There are twently of these stone huts which have been
restored. Well worth a visit.
This is the big city. It is a
modern city with all the usual amenities and an excellent
market. Market days are Saturdays and Thursdays and
the range of fresh food available is as good as can be
obtained anywhere in the world.
In addition to the modern city Carcassonne is a world
heritage site and the ruins of the medieval city have been
extensively restored. The Cite is one of the major
tourist attractions of Southern France.
A photo essay of Carcassonne can be seen in the photo galleries or click