A monk in the mountains 3 by Jane mann 3 In the Aspres hills, overlooking the Tet Valley is the studio of a most unusual artist. Phil Monk moved to St Michel de Llotes 8…

2 Laroque from Boyle-ing Point 2 Patrick Boyle (62) gives the impression of being one of those people who is comfortable in their own skin. We are sitting with a coffee in the inauspicious surroundings…

If you head west on the D117 from the Catalan border town of Estagel, with the unforgettable 10th century fortress of Quéribus towering above you on your right, you soon come to Maury, the first village along this route in Le Fenouillèdes, or the Land of Fennel – or even Fenolheda in Occitan-speak. Le Fenouillèdes is part of Occitan Languedoc, whose inhabitants are rather scornfully referred to by Catalans as “les gabatx” or foreigners. Skirmishes between the “gabatx” of Maury and the youths of Estagel are still not unknown.