|A view of Arvigna parish church|
Arvigna is a cluster of hamlets, a couple of miles from Robin and Susie's place. Together they boast a population of just 232. Yesterday I parked Pierre near the commune's "mairie" or mayor's office and set off on another walk that was explained in "L'Ariège à pied".
The walk covered almost ten kilometres and the route was fairly easy to follow though at times my progress was slowed by muddy tracks and as I have said before French mud is exceedingly slippery. In comparison,English mud is far less treacherous.
See above. This sign was at the top of a particularly awful path that led down an embankment. "Troupeaux" means herds and it was obvious that the path was regularly churned by cattle. I had a devil of a job getting down it.
When the circle was complete I drove up to the church shown in the top picture. With reverence, I observed the commune's war memorial and noticed that a plaque was attached to it for three local victims of the dreaded Gestapo. Jean Naudy and his son Antoine Naudy were slain with Francois Soler on July 29th 1944. I know nothing of the circumstances. Perhaps they were members of the French resistance or maybe they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. So many French civilians were summarily eliminated by The Gestapo.
Today I was quite proud of myself for driving up to Toulouse , navigating the traffic, the toll road and finding a free place to park near the football stadium that is home to Toulouse F.C.. The final score was Toulouse 1 Stade de Reims 1 in the French first division. Before the game commenced there were two minutes applause for Emiliano Sala - the Argentinian footballer who died two weeks ago in a tragic air accident. Whatever happened to respectful silences?
This is my last night here. Tomorrow I will give the cats extra food before setting off to the airport at Carcassonne. Robin and Susie are due to get home on Tuesday afternoon. There'll be a furry welcoming committee waiting for them. Certainement.