Friday morning saw us at the weekly market in Limoux. Mainly food, but there were also the usual cheap clothing stalls. It was well worth a visit, and we came away with fresh vegetables, cheese and nuts. Not particularly ‘touristy’, we managed to find a couple of nicely woven baskets for home.

We came away from our previous drive through the Gorges Galamus feeling we hadn’t given it enough time. Today, instead of driving through, we parked up at the head of the gorge and walked through and then down to the Hermitage from where 18C hermits would walk out to find a nearby cave to spend their time in solitary contemplation. There were terrific views of the gorge from the road, which proved the second visit worthwhile.

Not far away lies the castle at Peyrepertuse, occupied since Roman times. We might be wrong but we couldn’t find much about any battles there, we guess that any attackers probably gave up on the way along the very long ‘hairpin bended’ road that leads up to the mountain. Certainly the admission prices, very reasonable like most in France, shouldn’t have put them off.