When a friend invited us to stay in her sister's château for a weekend, we didn't hesitate! We filled up our Kindles and headed for the airport, looking forward to a couple of days of doing nothing in particular.Château Floran, near Latoue, is 12th century with 16th and 18th century additions, all built of the local creamy stone. Not far from the Pyrenees and the Spanish border, the oldest part of the building was originally a fortified tower or donjon.
On Saturday we visited some of the local towns and villages. First stop was Aurignac, the nearest town. Built on a hill, it has an old keep and a fortified church, both 13th century. And, of course, a scattering of typically French shops and bars. We returned to Aurignac in the evening and enjoyed a delicious meal in a family-run restaurant just off one of the squares.
As this is rural France, few people speak English and we both enjoyed brushing up our French in the shops and cafés. It's amazing how quickly it comes back.
|You're never far from a view of the snow-capped Pyrenees, about 25 miles away|
|Part of the medieval town walls|
|Sun dial near the keep|
|Bits of the town walls pop up everywhere|
|Carvings on the church|
|Looking back down the hill to the church|
|There are many medieval, timber-framed houses|
|How many shades of terracotta can there be?|
After picking up some local cheese we returned to the château for a well-earned rest which continued through Sunday - and on Monday we returned home, feeling truly rested and having caught up on some reading.