This may be a somewhat superfluous thread in that Htmb has already delightfully reported on our visit to Narbonne in July. Well, she does things in a timely manner and I do not, plus Lugg's mentioning Narbonne in her lovely ode to the Aude made me think there might be some interest.
We needed a stopover in our trek from Toulouse (report pending) to our rendezvous with Kerouac2 in Montpelier. Narbonne was well placed and promised to be interesting. I would characterize it as low-key and pleasant for at least one overnight and with possibilities as a base for exploring the surrounding area.
Because of logistics we had decided to forgo the big attraction on our route, but Htmb alerted me to be on the lookout as we passed it on the train ~
A great first impression -- trees, a canal, a Gothic church, lovely open public spaces ~
Thank you! It's fun to see the similarities and differences in what we recorded. I see that my pics are church-heavy, whereas you got some lovely people shots along with your church ones.
Speaking of which, getting to the Cathédrale Saint-Just-Saint-Pasteur and finding a way in was tantamount to being caught in a Borges story, as it always seemed to be right there, yet somehow wasn't. The circuitous route was enjoyable, though ~
Thank you, Mossie. I didn't notice that about the apse until you mentioned it. Really, the relatively small size of the Sainte-Chapelle couple with the soaring windows creates a cohesive impact completely different from the huge Gothic churches.
Anyway, on to some local architecture and too many telamons. I was quite taken with this house on the way to our hotel and like how the apartment building next to it does a nice job of subtly mirroring its details and gentling the transition to the severe building which follows ~
Crossing the large open space in front of the market, we're on our way to check out the music we can hear on the other side of the canal ~
This area of France has a strong Occitan background and this happy group was celebrating that. There's a great discussion of that in Htmb's thread (link in OP): replies 11--17. I'd seen photos of this dance and envisioned it as quite lively, but what I witnessed in Narbonne was a more stately kicking up of heels ~
There was a small area showcasing Occitan products. The sausages looked good, but it was too hot to get enthusiastic about them ~
More wandering to take advantage of the very long daylight hours ~
The long summer days seemed never to end, but the shut-up market and the setting sun told me it was time to turn in. We were off to more adventures in the south of France the next day -- adventures I'll eventually cover here in my pokey way.
Thank you for 'releasing' these splendid photos of Narbonne! Some of our tour group took a day trip there as they had already visited Carcasonne previously - I could quite easily head back to South-Western France in a heartbeat. Tremendous photos!
Wonderful thread, thank you Bixa. My desire to visit Narbonne has now increased even more. Your photos are wonderful, I love the way you capture the height in the cathedral. The market hall itself is very attractive but inside- positively salivating at your photos ( except at the eels )
So finally getting my wish and have a trip planned to Narbonne. Re reading these reports (Bixa and Htmb) has heightened my excitement even more. Some great info in them . We ( my sis and I ) are going back to Quillan first for couple of nights to meet up with friends , then Narbonne for 4 nights before of course going to St Laurent de la Cabrerisse to stay in Villa Celine so we can meet up with our god mother and her family. I'm hoping that from Narbonne we can also get further south to Carmargue area which is somewhere I have also wanted to visit for a long time. Any other suggestions welcome ( we will have a car)
Thank you for the links Bixa will follow them up . Im also keen on maybe visiting Avignon so reading up on that and various other of K2 s posts in this area too. We leave next Friday K2 for 1 week. You maybe slightly jealous, but what adventures you have had elsewhere.