Last month we visited one of the castle remains that stand on mountains within an hour's drive of our new home. Chateau de Peyrepertuse is called a Cathar castle and was built in the 11th century, yeah, that's a thousand years ago. The Cathar people were Catholics who rejected the authority of the Roman leadership. They were "put down" by the Catholic church in a series of awful slaughters.
But the Chateau de Peyrepertuse was never attacked by the soldiers of the Catholic church, and you can probably see why.
The castle was built on a sheer drop.
From the top of the castle, the next Cathar castle is visible, and from the next one, another one, all the way down to the Mediterranean. That was so the castles could signal each other if invaders were coming.
But on the day we went to visit, we were simply blown away by the remains and the bold blueness of the sky.
It was a bit of a climb up to the castle, but, as always when walking on such amazing historic places, the hike was worth it.
|So much of the castle remains, although you couldn't move in right away and just paint.|
|One part of the castle looked down on the other. What a view, huh?|
I tried to take some artsy shots, but mostly just admired the beauty and felt amazement at how lucky I am to be living this life.
|A window seat, circa 1050 AD or so|
I don't think I've ever seen a bald eagle this close. I wonder if they would use them in bird shows in the U.S.
This was phenomenal as the handlers told stories and sent the birds through their paces.
Earl and I still don't have a car, so we were fortunate to tag along with our friends Theresa and Jim to see this castle. I guess it's time for us to buy a car so we can travel farther afield.