These pictures were taken on a stunningly beautiful August day. Montouliers is a small Minervois village with approximately 250 residents, one convenience store open from 10 am to noon except on Monday, a post office that sells good bread on Mondays when the convenience store is closed and it's own "cave" where you can get a jug of wine on Saturday mornings. You can wander the steep streets up to the 12th century chateau and 14th century church or take longer walks into the unspoiled Minervois countryside which is filled with Mediterranean light and hides numerous remnants of ancient times. Many liken this area to Provence before it was "discovered." With its haunting landscape, distinctive villages surrounded by vineyards, close proximity to the Canal du Midi and easy trips to Beziers, Pezenas, Montpellier, Carcassonne, Toulouse, Sete, Agde, Narbonne, Perpingnan, Collioure and Barcelona (approximately 300 kms), a stay in Montouliers makes for a quintissential and magical French experience.