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Michael Faherty <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 12 Jan 1998 15:16:45 +0000
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At Brunnenburg last summer, I mentioned to some people that I was 
organising a study tour on the Troubadours through the Department for 
Continuing Education at the University of Oxford and I said that I 
would post further information later on this list.  So here it is:
This study tour, called "On the Trail of the Troubadours", will take 
place this summer from the 7th to the 18th of September.  We're 
basically going to walk the old Troubadour trails from castle to 
castle in the Languedoc, through the foothills of the Pyrenees.  We'll 
begin in the fortified town of Carcassonne and end in the old city of 
Foix, spending the days between hiking to such splendid ruins as the 
Chateau de Peyrepertuse, the Chateau de Queribus, the Chateau de 
Puilarens, the Chateau de Puivert and, Pound would insist on this, the 
Chateau de Montsegur.  In other words, we'll be visiting some of the 
same sites that Pound visited on his walking tour through this region 
in 1912.
Other sites along the way will include the thirteenth-century village 
of Villerouge-Termenes, the Gorge de Galamus, the Ermitage St-Antoine, 
the Defile de Pierre-Lys and the Gorges de la Frau.  One evening along 
the route, Jon Erik Schelander, a member of the Board of Directors of 
the Centre de Recherche et d'Expression de la Musique Medievale in 
Carcassonne, will perform the songs of the Troubadours for us in old 
Provencal and talk about medieval music and instruments.
At the moment, we're suggesting an "indicative price" of 1290.  This 
is based on fifteen participants; should the number rise to our 
maximum of eighteen, the price will, of course, be a bit less.  It is 
based on sharing a twin / double room and includes all air fares (from 
London Gatwick), all transport, admission fees and accommodation in 
small two and three-star family hotels, with demi-pension, except for 
the evenings in Carcassonne and Foix when you are free to make your 
own dining arrangements.
If you have any questions about the tour, you could simply e-mail me.  
Or if you'd like a brochure with more details and a day-to-day 
itinerary of the walk, you could contact Mr Daniel Moore at Distant 
Horizons, 4 Amherst Road, Manchester M14 6UQ (England).  His phone 
number is 0161-2255317, his fax number is 0161-7185478, and his e-mail 
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