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Swinging Through Montbrun en Route To Bugarach ~ 3 Feb 2011

sunny 14 °C

If you are meant to do something life has a way of getting you there! I had heard about the magical, mystical place called Bugarach, in the Languedoc region (read more in my blog entry Agartha, Fabled Inner Earth). It was a great disappointment that, when I was in the area, I didn't get to see the spot where the aliens will leave in their giant spaceship (apparently they love to manoeuvre it over the waters of the salt lake deep within the earth's caverns), and possibly take with them those humans who are in the area. But thanks to Ann and Lizzie, where we stayed over, I did get there after all!! Despite all the gobbeldy gook attached to this sleepy little French hamlet of just 200 residents (and a very concerned mayor, waiting for the influx of new agies, Mayan calendar followers and apocolyptic warriors), there certainly is a magnetism surrounding the Pic de Bugarach that is hard to describe.
Almost there!

Almost there!


Our 1st sighting of the fabled Magic Mountain of Bugarach

Our 1st sighting of the fabled Magic Mountain of Bugarach

YES!! I made it to Bugarach!

YES!! I made it to Bugarach!


Magic Mountain from the village

Magic Mountain from the village

Stained glass in Bugarach église

Stained glass in Bugarach église

Sleepy hollow of Bugarach...until 2012!

Sleepy hollow of Bugarach...until 2012!

Bugarach église

Bugarach église

Bugarach rainbow window

Bugarach rainbow window

Bugarach ou kerkbankie

Bugarach ou kerkbankie

Bugarach church window

Bugarach church window

The altar at Bugarach

The altar at Bugarach

Bugarach - famed for faceless saints

Bugarach - famed for faceless saints

Bleeding Heart at Bugarach église

Bleeding Heart at Bugarach église

Bugarach hippymobile

Bugarach hippymobile

Bugdog

Bugdog

Lunch on Bugarach square

Lunch on Bugarach square

Moi soaking up the sun

Moi soaking up the sun

Sunseeker

Sunseeker

Yummy!

Yummy!

The area also offers more intrigue and mystery in Rennes-le-Bains, Rennes-le-Chateaux, the most imposing Château de Peyrepertuse, a Cathar castle in the Pyrenees, standing guard over the Aude department. These sacred places are all linked somehow, and geographically form a continuous line through the region. I would love to have seen life there in the height of the Cathar and Templar days. Rumours abound, from the body of Christ being secretly buried here, to the hidden symbols in the church in Rennes-le-Chateaux and this being the place that Mary Magdalene travelled to secretly after the Crucifixion. All makes for some very interesting reading and debate - many books written on the subject, best known (IMHO) being Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

You can see some more images and read info on these places here....but I must warn you, no camera quite catches the magnificence of God's creation.

Cathar Castles

DUILHAC-SUR-PEYREPERTUSE
Our first destination

Our first destination

Napoleons beautiful plane trees

Napoleons beautiful plane trees

Happy Ann!

Happy Ann!

Roadside ram

Roadside ram

Snow on the Pyrenees

Snow on the Pyrenees

Thelma Louise and Priscilla

Thelma Louise and Priscilla

You checking me checking you

You checking me checking you

View from Peyrepertuse

View from Peyrepertuse

The belvedere at Peyrepertuse

The belvedere at Peyrepertuse

Moi at Peyrepertuse

Moi at Peyrepertuse

Lizzie on the belvedere

Lizzie on the belvedere

Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse

Duilhac-sous-Peyrepertuse

Its a very steep arduous climb...they are well prepared!

Its a very steep arduous climb...they are well prepared!

Chateau de Peyrepertuse

Chateau de Peyrepertuse

Ann and Moi at Cathar castle of Peyrepertuse

Ann and Moi at Cathar castle of Peyrepertuse

Couldnt believe my eyes! A little piece of Sefrica in France

Couldnt believe my eyes! A little piece of Sefrica in France

MONTBRUN DES CORBIÈRES
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RENNES LE CHATEAU
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LIMOUX
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Posted by Gypsy Lee 16:18 Archived in France

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