I love French courtyards. What can I say? There is something mysterious about them. You wander down a street, see an open doorway that leads to a dark hallway, but at the end, there is daylight. As you walk down the hallway, the sounds of the street fade away into the darkness behind you, and then you step into the center of the courtyard and look up.
Now you are in a different world, private, perhaps several centuries old, and you imagine who walked up these steps over all of those years. What stories of rushing off to school, to work, to war reverberate in these echoing steps? Or maybe it is the sound of children calling out to each other from one landing to another to see if they can come out and play?
You pause, soak it in, feel the lives of all those who passed through here brush by you, then you are back in the present, adding your echoes to those around you, waiting for them to be discovered by someone else, perhaps centuries from now...
Languedoc-Roussillon is a French region which is composed of five departments. It is bounded by Spain, Andorra in the south and along the Mediterranean Sea (Gulf of Lions). Other French region limit the regions of Languedoc-Roussillon: Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, Rhone-Alpes, Auvergne, Midi-Pyrenees. The natural boundaries are the Pyrenees and the so-called threshold Lauragais, the Cévennes and the Rhône.In 2004, the Regional Council chose a joint new logo symbolizes the sun, which has the motto: "Living in Septimania. In fact, the current president of the Regional Council, Georges Freche wanted to rename the area "Septimania", but then it has to do so. Septimania is an old name, used since the fifth century for the region, but the Department of Lozère was not yet among them. Above all, the Catalans rejected by an overwhelming majority of this amendment. After numerous protests, including a demonstration of about 8,000 people on the 8th October 2005 in Perpignan, Georges Freche was the project of Bezeichnugsänderung in "Septimania" and the name of the region Languedoc-Roussillon "is introduced as an official designation for the Regon.The languages of the region along with French, Occitan (Languedoc, Auvergne, Provence), and Catalan. The name of the region favors Lengadòc-Rosselhon Occitan and Catalan Rosselló-Llenguadoc.