Guess I didn’t do all my research before I left, but apparently this part of France has scorpions. This morning, as I took my laptop bag out from under the chair where I store it out of sight, a scorpion was curled up by the cord. We both jumped and got into instant action trapping it under a glass until we figured out how to get rid of it. Eventually we swept it into a dustpan with a broom and took it outside. Whew! Think I’ll be checking my clothes, shoes, and bedding now!!!!
After that adventure, we were really awake so decided to head over to Minerve for the afternoon. Monique hadn’t been there and it is worth a second visit for me. The weather is due to change – cool, windy and rainy – so we’re making sure we get our ‘A’ list of things to see done before she heads back home soon.
Here are a few more pictures from Minerve that I missed the last time, especially one of the catapult that was used in the 1200’s to demolish and stop the villagers from accessing their water supply. They fired over the huge gorge that normally protected the village. Eventually Minerve had to surrender as they ran out of water and food supplies. Sad, because in the surrender, many Cathars were burned at the stake. Life was harsh in those days – and from the news, I think still is in many parts of our world.
Tomorrow is Narbonne for the market we missed the last time, and then off to the Mediterranean. We’re only about 20 minutes from the sea at Narbonne. There is a festival of Tall Ships in Sete which is quite a bit further. We’re hoping most of the holiday traffic will head over there.