Minerve/Le Somail

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Minerve is an iconic little medieval town built into a gorge, bit of a tourist trap, but well worth a visit. Stunning houses, shops and restaurants, all with an artisan feel. You can easily spend a couple of hours here, but not an all-day event. We travelled onto the next hotspot of Le Somail on the Canal du Midi. Slightly less to see here, but has a lovely relaxed vibe. Barges line the sides of the canal, and sleepy restaurants house retired cyclists and the nearby towns’ women having a good natter.

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Look out for the bookshop, great to go inside on a hot day as it’s very cool, but unfortunately all the books are in French. That’s a lie, there is a modest English section, where we actually found A Year in Provence.

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