OUR FIRST TRIP TO CHALABRE
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These photos were taken during out initial Dec. '04 "scouting" trip on a disposable camera on a late
December afternoon. It would have taken the talent of a Ridley Scott to capture the soft, misty quality of the
light, the low clouds and the rust-to-dark green pastels of the vineyards and forests, or the cozy, medieval charm
DRIVING FROM LIMOUX TO CHALABRE
As you leave Limoux and drive towards Chalabre on the Departmental Road 620, you're still in wine country, with
beautiful, rolling hills covered in grape vines, not unlike the Napa Valley (similar weather too)...
Then, as you cross into the hills, the vegetation becomes more forested, with streams
and fields of wild flowers near Saint Benoît...
WALKING THROUGH CHALABRE
are large avenues, lined with rows of platanes
(plane trees) and marroniers (chestnut
trees) and fountains; some buildings have shops on the ground floor; others are residences (like ours).
THE HOTEL DE FRANCE
The Hotel de France
is Chalabre's hotel-restaurant; it is located on the north-east corner of Cours Raynaud; it has 2 stars and very
reasonable prices (35 to 45 euros/room).
More on the Hotel de France.
The Bastide is the medieval center of Chalabre (10th-12th century);
there are shops, narrow streets, the 12th century church with jutting clock, and at its center is the market...
This is a covered (ie: permanent) market, held once a week; one can buy local goods,
produce, poultry, etc. They also hold concerts, etc.
BY THE RIVER
Just a few yards down from our house, there is a small bridge crossing the Blau, a
small river lined with ancient houses.
APPROACHING OUR HOUSE
As you walk down the Cours Colbert, one arrives at our house; it is the 3-story pink house with the blue-green
shutters on the left.
IN THE BACK OF THE HOUSE
There is a garage opening onto a small street, the Rue du Presbytère, with a pizzeria just around the corner omn a street colorfully named Rue
de l'Abattoir (quite an improvement over the abattoir!)
The Rue de l'Abattoir leads to the Municipal Theater and the Boulodrome.