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Montolieu: The Village of Books
If the idea of a town devoted to literature makes your heart beat faster (it does mine), visit Montolieu, which bills itself "Village du Livre."As many as two dozen booksellers crowd the narrow lanes of this attractive small town in the foothills of the Montagne Noire. Most volumes, of course, are in French. But a love of language is in the air.
From our house, go to the Autoroute, the A9. Head south toward Barcelona. Take the A61 interchange toward Toulouse. Take exit 23, southwest of Carcassonne. Head toward Carcassonne on the N161 for about 4.5 kilometers, pickup the N113 headed west toward Pezens. After Pezens, head north about 8 kilometers on the D629 through Moussoulens. Bonus sight to see: Just up the road from Montolieu is cute little Saissac with its 14th century castle now undergoing restoration.Time to destination: 1 hour 20 minutes
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