Jul. 7th, 2012

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Remember Lastours??? 

It's been a while, I know, but I thought I'd dedicate a couple of posts to the last two castles from Lastours.

Today I'm featuring Tour Regine.  I've a feeling I misread the map the last time, and got my Tour Regine and my Surdespine mixed up. How I did this, I don't know, because I'm supposed to be a professional for heaven's sake, and a map's a map, whether it features Scotland, England, France or even the Moon.  I've a feeling my previous clangeroo was all down to the iron deficiency: I spent ages pouring over that map the last time and couldn't work it out at all, whereas today I'd sussed it within five seconds. 

Yep, iron deficiency sucks.  My Lastours debacle kind of proves it. 

Tour Regine's arguably the best preserved of the four castles at Lastours, with its big circular tower pretty much intact.  And yes, it's very Ninth Gate, isn't it?

Once again, it's a thirteenth century replacement of an earlier Cathar stronghold, Two views of it now, one from either side of the ridge, with the first view looking back towards Surdespine and Quertinheux, and the second looking on towards the last and largest of the four Lastours castles, Cabaret:-


 






Tomorrow we'll venture to Cabaret, which is the largest and most complex of the four Lastours castles.  Though not the most dramatic - La Tour Regine wins that honour, I think, though only by a head or even a nose...

And now I'm off to slave over a hot keyboard...  Though a trip to the garden centre will be in order later on, I'm pleased to report.  I've got a trellis or two to acquire...

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