We are still in the process of discovering as much as possible from France. An excellent way is to go and visit the villages which have been labelled “Most Beautiful Villages of France” . It is of course available on the internet http://www.les-plus-beaux-villages-de-france.org/fr
There is however nothing like going through the pages of a guide book.
We have been given as a present such a book and we decided yesterday to go and visit the village of Castelnou.
What a great place. Located at the foot of the Pyrenees. The castle of Castelnou aroud which the village expanded was already mentioned in the 10th century.
Not only the village is beautiful but the surroundings are amazing and wild. At the beginning of November the temperature was a solid 20c on a sunny day and we could see the first snow on the top of the mountains. Apparently Castelnou was a couple of years ago the 7th most like village in France.