Early Morning at the Couvent

View from the Couvent in the early morning

One of View from the top floor apartment balcony at the Couventmy favourite times at the Couvent is the early morning. I’m sipping tea on the terrace or in the garden and taking in the gorgeous view. The light is perfect at this time of day. Continue reading

Shopping in Hérépian

Charcuterie Traiture HerepianHypermarket on outskirst of Hérépian

Hérépian is a small town of barely 1500 people. However, it has its full quota of specialist shops, a few restaurants and, on the approach to the town from the Bédariaux direction, a large Intermarché hypermarket. Continue reading

Walk from the Couvent to Notre Dame de Capimont

A walk from the Couvent up to Notre Dame de Capimont – a 12th century Romanesque chapel – offers lovely views over the valley and the town of Hérépian. After a short walk along roads you follow clearly marked footpaths. Continue reading

Olargues – one of France’s Prettiest Villages

Classed as one of the ‘plus beaux villages de France’ Olargues is stunningly picturesque and well worth exploring. As you drive towards it from Hérépian* on the D908, the dominant bell tower appears high up to your right with the village of Olargues clinging to the rocky hillside below. In the valley the the 3-arched 12 century bridge (‘Le Pont du Diable’) straddles the river Jaur. Continue reading

Table d’Hôte at the Couvent

Table d'Hôte French Spa BreaksDuring our recent stay at the Couvent we sampled the ‘Table d’Hôte’ one evening and we weren’t disappointed. For 29 Euros a head we were served a delicious meal, dining al fresco in the Couvent’s pretty garden with its beautiful backdrop of fields and hills. Continue reading