Matthew’s morning cycle ride consists of a 10 mile ride up the hills to Saisac and an even faster one downhill.

Canal du Midi

Living by the side of the Canal du Midi, we see lots of boats each day as we go about. Mostly hire boats, there are also lots of interesting craft around. A few are from the UK which makes us curious how a 40′ narrow boat crosses the channel to get here.


About 10 miles north of Bram and the Canal du Midi lies Montolieu (The Village of Books). With about 15 antiquarian and specialist bookshops, art galleries, photograpers and artists alongside a couple of restaurants this village provides a worthwhile stop for an amble around and a spot of lunch.

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In the evening we popped into Carcassonne for an evening walk. It’s quieter now especially since it’s October.