Laroque: a town tour

Laroque: a roofscape.
Laroque: a roofscape.

Here you are reading my blog: and the chances are that you’ve never visited Laroque.

Let’s go for a stroll then, and get to know the place a bit.  You may think, when you’ve seen the photos, that the town is quite shabby-chic.  It’s not.  For the most part, Laroque is just plain shabby.  It’s going through tough times, and it shows.  Underneath it all, though, are characterful buildings, streets with a story, and even places that are enjoying a prosperous renaissance.  Let’s set off from our house at the edge of the old town, and walk up Rue de la Joie……

21 thoughts on “Laroque: a town tour”

  1. I really feel I’m getting to know Laroque now Margaret. This is a lovely idea – I’d like more please! Sharon
    p.s. Andrew wants to know if there are any people in the town!!!

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    1. Now come on. I think you both know enough about small French towns to realise that once everyone’s done their shopping by round about 8.30 a.m.; once all the old men who’ve spent the morning chewing the fat together in the main sqaure have gone home for lunch; once the children are back in school after the two hour lunch break…. there’s nothing to go out for. 😉

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  2. I agree with Sharon – superb idea. I’d love to know more about some of those places too. The church door is amazing.

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  3. yes, Margaret, nearly in every village or town, there are some architectural details to admire thanks for the fotos, AnnA

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      1. Well, they seemed familiar to me in the sense that I’ve been to small European towns and knew that they’re often a mixture of things: old and new; clean and dirty; depressing shabby and charming shabby; open plazas and tiny streets. I wasn’t sure how big Laroque is, though I imagined it as a smaller rather than larger place because of the way you’ve written about it – for example, that post about the healers and how everyone in town knows who they are. I do think I expected more cafes 😉

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      2. Ah, well, thanks for the thought about bars and cafes. That’s worth a post all on its own and I think I’ll do one soon. On paper we have 3….. Population, by the way, is 2200. Ish.

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  4. no Margaret, no “sprayers” here……….lovely wherever you go from september till June………….(july/august to avoid !) – going to visit my family, back on april 10th, take care, AnnA

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  5. While I don’t know Laroque well, I’ve driven throught it any number of times, bought pizza from the pizza truck near a small market (evenings only) (at least I think it was in Laroque..), and driven around just to look at the place because it’s part of area.
    I visited a woman[ I met in Montsegur at a Club Cathares event (Chez Costes as it was) and then again at Yves Maris’ house (when he was alive and still maire of Roquefixade)] upon her invitation, a house on the street that leads up the hill from the church, right side of street. Very old house, narrow as they so often are but a wonderful view of Montsegur and more countryside.
    She is a professional harpsichordist. I don’t know if she gives lessons or what.
    Sharing mutual interests (cats also, besides music and catharisme) .made for a memorable visit (I haven’t been back to France since); she played some Couperin for me. I have her name in my address book but somehow remembering her name isn’t as important as remembering the conversations…if you know what I mean.
    She told me some of the history of the church and the local area.

    One time in Foix (taking the old route when the tunnel was closed for repairs) I saw a sign that pointed to the left and indicated Laroque.(it leads directly to a stop light interesection in town)
    Another trip and I decided to explore this other route (one gets tired of going the same way,esp through the construction zone) and found more beautiful countryside to enjoy, somewhat isolated small farms, and a somewhat boring church (the turn off also mentioned the ruin of a castle but by now I’d seen enough old castles/chateaux) but the graveyard was sad in the way they are, wonderful in the way they can be and delightful in an unexpected way.
    One grave had a most ornate monument in iron, incorporating both Christian and Masonic symbols….and tucked away closer to the far wall, a family plot for the Famille Authier….not the same family but certainly the same name of the last Cathar bishop, Pierre Authie/Authier/etc.
    I get email news from ariegenews.com weekdays so I’ve followed the decline and fall of the textile industries. When I first came to the area (2000) the company by the carrefour heading toward Lavelanet was still open, the windows bright with the fabric designs.

    I love reading your posts they help me keep the good memories fresh and spark older memories to return…
    Should I win the lottery (CA) I would buy a house in the area…it’s all the small things that somehow make life seem fuller and I a richer person for having experienced it. Thank you for sharing the greater Life….

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  6. Well I’ll have to get my walking shoes on when we’re over for easter. I recognise just over half the places you’ve photographed. (Shame on me)

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    1. Now then. Which half 😉 ? You’ll be glad to know your recycling bags are here. I had to order them for delivery here (they won’t go through a letter box) so you’ll have them when next you come. Which is…..?

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  7. Thanks very much. I can’t understand why it’s so difficult to get bags to allow you to recycle?.
    Good Friday. For a week. Don’t know the arrangements yet for splitting time with Abigail in Toulouse and decorating in Laroque… But we’ll definitely see you during our stay.

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    1. It isn’t really, once you’re properly in the system. I’ll explain later! We’re having our daughter here at some point over Easter, but there’s bound to be a moment when we can see each other. Stay in touch!

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