As you head up the N116 towards the high Pyrenees after Prades, the Têt Valley narrows dramatically where it meets the valley of the Cady, and the perfectly preserved fortified medieval town of Villefranche de Conflent whisks you back thousands of years in time.

One of their great writers, Jean de La Fontaine, produced French versions of fables, in verse and with illustrations. There are twelve volumes, with stories such as The Ant and the Grasshopper, told with elegance, wit and verve, in simple French which is usually easy to understand today. Each teaches a lesson about our relationships with society.

May 1968 and Paris is hot with rebellion, passion and hope, as protestors clash with the riot police. Amongst the mayhem, brilliant art student Laure stands boldly on the barricades, heady with her new-found defiance, until she is swept up by the crowd and falls into the arms of Lolo, the fascinating student leader. But youthful rebellion comes at a cost.

L’Ascension is the 40th day after Easter, ten days before Pentecost Sunday and marks the day that Jesus is believed to have ascended to heaven following his crucifixion and resurrection.

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