Oct. 18th, 2012

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Right.  I'm still enjoying my quiet period in between episodes of  writing frenzy, so I thought I'd start a series of blogposts which continue my earlier French series.  Today, I'll be taking you to the village of Lagrasse, which is best known for its abbey (more of that to come!!) but which is also worth exploring because it represents a beautifully preserved example of a medieval town, including this rather fetching bridge:-



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A number of very early houses (again, medieval in origin) still survive throughout the town:-


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There's also a covered market-place, again medieval in origin:-


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Also surviving, though in a somewhat reduced form, are the town defences:-

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Here's another view of the river, with some more of the town defences visible:-



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Also present are the well-preserved remains of the abbey, several churches, and....

Some wonderful painted ceilings which are worth a post in their own right and which I'll be going back to in the next couple of days...

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