CORDES-SUR-CIEL, OCCITANIE, FRANCE
The medieval hill-top village of Cordes-sur-Ciel (Cordes in the sky) is just over an hours drive north of Toulouse. Or 20 mins from both Albi and Gaillac. The village, although not attacked by the crusader Simon-de-Montfort, it was at the very heart of the Cathar heresies of the 13th century. The village was founded in 1229 by the Count of Toulouse, Raymond VII as a Bastide town, or area of protection for the displaced peoples of the many religious wars of the time. My wife Jude and I have lived here now for two years, and is where we run our photo tours from (http://www.eyeinthesky.com.au/esp-photo-tours/). The tours take in the Tarn and Aveyron areas and all the history and culture that is in abundance here. All photographs © Jon Davison 2016 - 2017.