I just came back to my fifth trip to France this year. I visited Castres, Albi, Cordes sur Ciel, Carcassonne, Toulouse, the Canal du Midi, the Montagne Noire and a lot of other classic sights and monuments.

Aparently, the north flanc of the Montagne Noire is not a very prosperous region any more, but the Midi -Pyrenées is blessed with loads of not always very happy history (Cathars, Hugenots ...).

Food was delicious, the hotel outstanding, the weather unbearably hot ... over 35 ° Celcius every single day ...

There was one weak point : we were "blessed" with an apparently not very happy guide who had an inclination to speak when he should have kept silent, and vice versa. He spoke repeatedly and at length about his "dadas", which, strangely enough, included cows and pseudo-green energy. His knowledge of the region appeared minimal to say the least : or else he did not care to share it. Oftentimes what he said was erroneous and a little research would have done wonders for him. And customers clearly were a necessary evil : he treated us as naughty schoolchildren. And for once, I was not the only one to think so.

Fortunately, he could not break the enchantment and the spell of the sights and monuments. But I shall be careful never to travel with him again.

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