|Funky lift light|
After a good buffet breakfast in our Albi hotel (and yes I did make sneaky sarnies for lunch...), we had one more ride down in the lift with the funky light, and drove off east. At one point we went through a village, can't remember which one, where they were having some sort of celebration, maybe of Autumn, in the shape of 'masquerades'.
|Grey-tube Man - a construction worker?|
I suggested we make a halt at La Couvertoirade, one of the Plus Beaux Villages de France. I've been passed it so many times but never had the opportunity to stop to visit, so as time was on our side, we turned off the main road into the €3 car park.
It's a walled village dating back to the 12th century built at the foot of the Templier castle and the church. It was fortified with the wall in the 15th century at the time of the Hospitaliers and has been beautifully preserved. The website gives all the info on the history of the place, quite amusingly with lots of typos and grammatical errors.
|Modern, rather original looking windows|
|Is that medieval moss on the roof tiles?|
We did not leave empty handed either. The place was full of nifty gift shops, and not the cheap 'n' nasty types you get in tourist traps, but rather original and upmarket artisan boutiques.
He also bought me (yes, it was really my lucky day that day!) a bronze necklace in the design of a Templier seal from L'Echoppe, made by Christian Pattin. It's gorgeous and looks great with my autumnal clothes.
I suggested he buy something for himself - perhaps this outfit, for the truly authentic Crusader look?
We had a lovely time wandering round. There weren't too many people about, and we were welcomed warmly in all the shops that we stopped in to browse and look around. It's situated up on the plateau above Lodeve, so if you're in the area, do go and visit, it's definitely worth it.