It’s time again for Frizztext’s A to Z Challenge, this week it’s Q. From my travels, Q could be for Quedlinburg, Quéribus….
But I’m going for Quertinheux, which is one of the four Cathar Castles collectively known as the Chateaux de Lastours (the other three are Cabaret, Surdespine and Tour Régine). These chateaux are located in the commune of Lastours in the Aude department in France. The four castles are on the top of a crest on a north-south axis with Quertinheux the southernmost.
There is some information at the Pays Cathar site in English here.
I posted about Puilaurens last week. Lastours was also challenging for me because of the distance I had to walk, and it was quite a climb up to Quertinheux which was the object of my little trek, as I knew there were good views of a couple of the other towers from the ramparts. In true French style, there were skinny little tracks with steep drops and no railings. I practically crawled up the last bit, I was so concerned about falling!
The view was great, but the weather was disappointingly overcast that day.
See more Q here