The site of the town is believed to have been inhabited as far back as the tenth century and it’s name to have originated from the name of a man: “Castel de Serratius”
Today was market day in the town. Unlike other villages we have visited, there is no market square here. Instead, the vendors set up in the street in order to sell their wares. Clothing, jewellery, house wares, butchers, bread and pastries, cheese, fruit and veg: it was there. Street upon street full of colour and noise.
Toulouse Sausage and fresh nougat were purchased here: Yummmmmmmmm!!!!!
The church, St Sauveur, first constructed in the 10th century was demolished and replaced by the more ornate early Gothic structure we saw today in the mid – 1200s. A second church, Saint Jean Church, was first established by the ‘Knights of Saint Jean de Jerusalem’ in the early 1200s and like St Sauveur, the building was demolished – during the 16th century – and a new one in the Gothic style replaced it
How different was life to today: our fast paced lifestyle- in conjunction with the added expense it would cost for the intricacies thanks to the wage structure – there is no time for the works of arts we admire from these time periods.
Bob was exhausted and had a short break.
Buildings here showed their age as crumbling walls exposed dead vine roots and greenery had taken a foothold,
Whilst upon others, deliberately planted creeping vines assisted in creating a coolness during the summer months.
On aged warehouses old blocks and pulleys remained in place.
The end of our brought us to a cafe where a thirst quenching drink was the name of the game. Bob even took some pics.