Tag Archives: Middle Ages

The Knights Templar and the Lobos River Canyon

The Knights Templar were a Catholic military order active from 1119 to 1312. These skilled warrior-monks’ main mission was to protect Christian pilgrims traveling along the coast of the Mediterranean to the Holy Land, Jerusalem… But it is supposed that … Continue reading

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Somewhere in the middle of nowhere

   

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The spot where Saint George killed the dragon

The little town of Montblanc is surrounded by an imposing defensive wall… Once you cross any of its gates… …you find a very agreeable place to visit… Streets are narrow in Montblanc because they were planned in the Middle Ages. … Continue reading

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The Cathar Country and the legend of the Holy Grail

Matter is evil. Emancipation comes through gnosis. Gnosis is an esoteric knowledge of spiritual truth held by the Gnostics to be essential to salvation. The Cathars were the last Gnostics of Europe. They lived in the old Languedoc, the Cathar … Continue reading

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The Monster of Lagrasse and the Master of Cabestany

Warning: This post contains a terrifying monster, a sinister medieval abbey and a helpless French village. Delicate readers must get away from here a.s.a.p. My brute, insusceptible, truculent and loyal bunch of digital friends can continue reading. Get ready. The … Continue reading

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Monells, Madremanya and the noisy 21st Century

I can hardly bear this noisy era. It is really disgusting. We are surrounded by all kinds of horrible noises. If I check my Merriam-Webster dictionary, I realize that the word “noise” has a myriad of synonyms. I am almost … Continue reading

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The melancholic cloister of Sant Domenec

Once upon a time there was a convent in Peralada (Alt Empordà, Catalonia, Spain) The passage of centuries and the brutality of men dismantled little by little the old convent. Today, only its cloister remains. The convent was built by … Continue reading

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