Panier of Plenty

Memory Lane

Wisteria (Glycine in French) lining a misty stone passage in the
restored medieval village of Castelnou (officially rated one of
‘Les plus beaux villages de France’). Visiting ‘by chance’ in August
2010, I had no idea how dramatically my life would change…

To be continued…

Memories come alive

Memories come alive

…Saturday 4th May

Back ‘where it all began’ for the inauguration of a restaurant
(run by the previous manager of our chalet on top of the mountain),
I was reminded of all that has passed in the last few years. Castelnou,
once a stronghold of the Kings of Mallorca, has played a part, with
many ‘coincidences’ that come from unexpected quarters. I met the local
who was to become my partner at the 10th c. château – then a guide
and presenting wine tastings. I remember walking up through the narrow
winding lanes embedded with red Roussillon marble, not knowing where I
was going, and even exclaiming at the arched entrance “I don’t know why
am I here, what is there to see?”… the rest I can say is history, as Languedoc
Roussillon is now home and life in Australia long gone, as I adapt to
new customs.

The day we came to look at the bergerie (Le Levant, Mas Reste) near
St Martin d’Albère, we visited the forest of the Col de l’Ouillat, higher
up on the mountain. Patches of snow lay on the ground and the Tremontane
blew so fiercely, I filmed the clouds racing below us – the recording has
a background ‘roar’. The chalet was warm and inviting and we became
‘regulars’, celebrating birthdays and dining with our visitors. Now this
connection too, leads back to Castelnou, with an air of mystery… of things
yet to be revealed, as the village seems inexorably intertwined in my
adventure here…

This entry was published on May 1, 2013 at 11:23 pm. It’s filed under Architecture, Catalan, Country Life, Country Living, Culture and Arts, Europe, Expat, France, French Culture, History, Languedoc Roussillon, Life, Nature, Pyrénées, Seasons, South of France, Thoughts, Tourism and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Memory Lane

  1. Beautiful indeed – a picture postcard of itself! xx 🙂

  2. fred on said:

    To be continued… 😉

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