We booked a 300 year old villa for a week in Caunnes Minervois. Twenty minutes down the road we discovered the Castles of Lastours. Four independent structures built into the rocky formation, they were at the heart of Cathar activity, and ground zero for some seriously messed up history.
Our kids, Zion and Riel climbed 40 feet to the top of the crumbling walls of medieval construction turned treacherous through time. I tried to follow them but just managed to scramble to the top when vertigo set in. The world started to spin as I looked over the edge of the castle wall, built straight up from the edge of a cliff.
For all the fear and trepidation, this was one of my favorite locations. It was another bright sunny spring day, my chronic back and neck pain were almost non-existent, and even though my family seemed to be tempting fate by purposefully standing on the edge of every castle and cliff, we were all healthy and happy truly in our own little world.
During our stay in Caunes Minervois it felt like we had fallen off the edge of the earth...and I mean that in a good way.
Peaceful. Quiet. Old World. History. Culture.
These adventures and many more are published in, Four Homeless Millionaires.