There are many books on the Languedoc-Roussillon region. There are some at the house for the guests
The Caunes market takes place in the wide parkade at the centre of the town. Fabulous vegetables, olives, cheeses, and wildly colourful flowers add even more colour to the 15th century houses that line the site.
Besides Caunes with its regular market days, only sixteen kilometres away is Carcassonne with a large market on the town square three times a week, as well, Carcassonne has a large infrastructure for other needs as well as being a major tourist site itself because of the "cité", one of the oldest walled citadels still standing in Europe today.
This ancient strong place dominates the town of Carcassonne. Begun by the Celts long before the Romans arrived, they saw the value of this strong place and built a bigger fortress here. It was enlarged and further fortified in the Middle Ages. Finally it was restored by Napoleon III's chief architect in the Nineteenth Century. It's a great tourist trap in the summer but also has some quality shops with great leather goods, ceramics, jewelry, and food items. Time spent in the ducal castle is also worth the effort. The Basilica is quite beautiful as well.
(16 kms)This medieval town is a day trip that is a must for all visitors. Carcassonne is the best example of the middle ages in the region and is one of the few completely restored walled cities in Europe. Charlemagne (768-814) put this city under siege and was unable to capture it. A local legend about the siege is that the Moorish chieftain's wife had straw dummies placed on the battlements, dressed in the armour of dead soldiers. Charlemagne decided to starve the inhabitants into submission because of the obvious strength of soldiers. As the towns' people ran out of food they decided upon a ploy to fool the invaders.
They stuffed a sow with the last of the rice and threw it over the walls, making the besieging army think they had plenty of food to last the winter. Charlemagne's army left and the city was saved.