Tuesday, 17 October 2017

T Stands For……….taking a day trip...

While we were staying in Carcassonne we took a another train journey for a day trip to Narbonne(hubby had booked it while we were at home)
It is near to the Mediterranean (about 9 miles away)and had totally different atmosphere to Carcassonne.

St Eutrope cathedral
Les Halles
If I had had more space in my suitcase this stall on the outdoor market could have had a lot of my money the lovely metal birds - one of which is now on my SIL's doorstep(she has a Hoopoe visitor every Summer)

This is where the old city gates stood.
St Pauls Church was beautiful!

Now……..Excuse me while I close my eyes!
Here is an extract from the internet
The legends says that in the first century of the Christian era, the bishop Paul Serge had converted the daughter of the Consul of Narbonne.  Denounced, then judged, the young Danaîdée refused to abjure her religion and marry the Emperor Justinian.  (Justinian the Great, was the Eastern Roman Emperor from 527 to 565 so there's some confusion here!) Danaïdée's father, furious, condemned her to death.  But when she was thrown in the sea. Danaîdée changed into a tree-frog and fled. The bishop Paul Serge continued to evangelise, to the great displeasure of the Consul, who offered the inhabitants of Bages a reward for killing him.  One day when Paul was fishing beside the étang (which, remember, was the open sea at the time) the people of Bages seized him.  To mock him, they offered him a chance to save himself . . . to carve a boat in a block of marble.  But to the great surprise of the people, the bishop succeeded, in a few hours, with hits from a hammer, in forming a skiff as light as wood.  And slowly, it drifted to the open sea.  Just then, a little tree-frog jumped on the prow of the boat to show him the way.  And save him from certainly drowning. 
I do not like frogs so got a bit of a shock when I leaned over for a look before reading the notice.
The Information Centre was right beside the Canal du Midi.
I realise that I haven't even taken you to the Cathedral or to view the beautiful architecture so I will return to Narbonne another time!
Right now we are headed to the beautiful place we found to have a coffee as I am joining Bluebeard and Elizabeth for T Stands For Tuesday! 

The most surprising place and so pleased we came across it!
So much so that I wrote a review for Trip Advisor

I snapped this table at the side of us just before a group of people arrived - they ordered the most amazing looking crepes!
 The leather bound menu
Hubby was not in the mood for photos - even with threats that I would put this on anyway!
I had a frappe while hubby had a tea and ice-cream!The choice of cakes looked wonderful - wish we had indulged now….maybe next time!!!
Hubby was happier earlier though!
Even the toilet in this place was spectacular! Can you spy the little rolled hand towels.

We both loved Narbonne so much we think we will be heading back here one day!

Thanks for looking, Chrisx


Valerie-Jael said...

You really visited some wonderful places. Those birds are gorgeous, we have a shop here that sells them, but they are too expensive for me:( I love the frog in the basin! Kind of your long suffering hubby to pose for us again! Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

kathyinozarks said...

i so enjoy your posts filled with photos of your trips-enjoyed all of it very much so I thank you for sharing with us. I loved that metal bird I would have loved to see those. Happy T Day hugs Kathy

Linda Kunsman said...

I have never been to Narbonne (way too many gorgeous spots to visit all over France) so thank you!! for taking us along your wonderful journey. Great photos. LOVE the church. Fun birds :) The tea room looks like a place I would have thoroughly enjoyed too. ha ha- hubby's scowl- if my hubby did that I'd post it too:):) Better to just deal with our photo taking and just smile.
Happy T day!

Helen said...

you always find such beautiful places to visit! thanks for taking us along with you xx

Eileen The Artful Crafter said...

Narbonne looks quite beautiful, Chris. Thanks for sharing another travel adventure with us.

I have sympathy for your hubby. I wouldn't dare take photos of mine at table and post on my blog. You should See the glares I get when I even suggest taking a photo just for me. lol.

Happy T-Day! Hugs, Eileen

Let's Art Journal said...

It looks such a lovely part of the world and you always find the most beautiful places to eat and that's one spectacular bathroom! I loved seeing all your amazing photos and those lovely metal birds on the market stall 😁. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 😊

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I have never heard of Narbonne, but I certainly loved the photos you shared with us. You took some beautiful photos of the St. Eutrope Cathedral and St. Paul's Church. Had to laugh that you actually took a picture of the frog. A great story of the frog and boat, at least.

Those birds were fabulous. I bet your SIL is pleased with her gift, too.

I was thrilled to see the beautiful restaurant where you stopped for a frappe and tea. Thanks for sharing these lovely photos from Narbonne and the restaurant with us for T this Tuesday.

Meggymay said...

Wonderful photos Chris. You must have so many stored photos from your trip away, a great way to store memories of your holiday.
The cafe looked lovely and so did those metal birds.
Happy T day wishes.
Yvonne xx

My name is Erika. said...

Wow, Barbonne is very pretty. And I have never heard of a Hoopoe bird. They are so cute, and I would be very tempted to get one of those birds too. It is the pro and con part of travelling. The good part (at least for me) is I would probably come home with so many spontaneous purchases. I love the feel of Narbonne though. It looks like it is a beautiful place to visit. Hugs-Erika

CJ Kennedy said...

i enjoyed your pictures from Narbonne. So much to see. Even the street lamps are arty. I really loved the decorated column in the cathedral and the story of the little frog. What a surprise to see the marble frog in the holy water font Such a lovely cafe and I had to laugh at the picture of grumpy hubby. That's usually the look I get from Himself when I want to take his picture for a T Day post. Happy T Day

johanna said...

wonderful places and photos, i love These old sites!
but what really stole my heart was this hoopee!!! i couldn´t have resisted to that!
happy belated t-day, Chris!

geistige_Schritte said...

wonderful places!!!
that are great photos!
Happy day

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Absolutely AMAZING photos here Chris! AMAZING! Happy T-Day!

butterfly said...

What a fabulously quirky place you found for coffee - all that amazing retro and vintage bric a brac - and Narbonne looks just as spectacular as Carcassone. Looking forward to seeing more in another post, but I'm already delighted by the carved frog and his story, and the glorious cathedral exterior against the blue sky.
Alison x

Mi Schra said...

Fabulous pics! Seems like you had a wonderful time! Well, except for your hubby maybe ;-)
xo - Michelle

Divers and Sundry said...

I missed T Tuesday completely this week, but I do want to say how much I love those sculptures. And that restaurant's decor is so pretty. Those chairs :) What a gorgeous cathedral!

Purple Tree Paints said...

Stunning, looks wonderful x

roth phallyka said...

I loved that metal bird I would have loved to see those. Happy T Day hugs Kathy

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