In december, I took an American group of students and their teachers to visit the castles in the Corbières area.
It was the only day when there was a little snow on the roads. It was cold and very windy. During the 2 hour drive from Carcassonne to the castle of Quéribus I talked about the history of this region and of course about the cathars.
We were the only ones who dared to visite these castle ruins. Nearly the whole group went up. The most difficult bit was of course to get through the gate - to go in or out, same battle! It’s a particular windy passage. You have to fix whatever would be likely to fly away: hats, glasses, brochures etc.
But it is always worth climbing up to admire the architecture of this military castle dating from the 13th and 16th century. The most impressive part is the room with the column and its eight archs. Really surprising for a military place.
Finally, everybody came safely back to the bus. And a good meal at the Auberge de Peyrepertuse in Rouffiac rewarded us for having braved the bad weather.
As the acces to the castle of Peyrepertuse was closed because of the snow (road too slippery), we decided to have a quiet walk in the nice little village of Lagrasse on the north side of the Corbières.
I think everybody enjoyed this excusion dispite the special conditions and they will not forget the adventure tour to Quéribus in a hurry.