We are fully installed in our holiday home in Puichéric. After 2 days of travel we are ready to take a day off and enjoy a book and the view. This is our charming cottage:
This is our view:
By noon we are tired of lazing and decide to explore the area. We are at more than 2 km from the village, but we will look for it on foot.
Puichéric is also called the Venice of the Minervois. Three watercourses cross the small village. It's a blissful walk. There's a very sensible wind and there's some shade. A small watercourse, the Rigole, crosses the many vineyards in this region.
However, you also have the Canal du Midi, which connects the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean. This canal was dug in the 17th century. It is 240 km long and 64 locks provide navigability along the way.
For those who like it quiet and natural, you can also live there. And then I'm talking about the first boat in the photo below.
We continue along the canal and first seem to walk around the village in a wide arch. If our smartphone was not sure the way, we would certainly have thought that we were going in the wrong direction. The village lies entirely in the vineyards.
After a brisk walk, we can leave the canal to take the road to the village. Frogs croak in the canals on both sides of the road.
The village itself is as good as deserted. It is therefore Sunday afternoon and quite warm. Everywhere we see traces of a fortified past. We're wandering around the village.
On the other side of the village we find watercourse number three: the Aude.
The village itself has no cozy square and also no terrace. The local restaurant is full. So we return and drink our own water bottles.
This is also France: