Friday, August 10, 2012

Foix, St Girons & St Lizier

Foix lies close to the border with Spain and Andorra and is south of Toulouse.
The Romans built a fort on the rocky hill where the Château de Foix castle now overlooks the town and it was this attraction which we wanted to see on our brief visit. We were pleased to find that there was a bustling market in town on the day we visited where we browsed for an hour or so after having our breakfast in the sunshine at a pavement cafe in town.

As it was a fete day most of the shops were closed but it was still a pleasant stroll around the town with some wondeful views of the Chateau. 

St Girons Church

View of the Salat river in St Girons from the bar terrace!
From Foix we headed to St Girons and our overnight stop, St Lizier in the foothills of the Pyrenees. 

Both towns were very pleasant for a stroll in the welcome sunshine! 

We had a beer by the side of the Salat river in St Girons and after exploring the very pretty ancient town of St Lizier we enjoyed a lovely vegetarian lunch all made from local produce. The cafe seating was set in the shade of the magnificent cathedral with some pretty views of the town square, fountain and church.
The Salat in  St Lizier
The foothills of the Pyrenees

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