I was first introduced to tranquil Alet Les Bains last year. It was the last stop on our tour and by far the most fun place we stayed. Once again this year we are staying at the charming, simple and yet beautiful Hotel L’Eveche nestled between the ruins of on the abbey and the banks of the river. Run by an incredible family who have owned the hotel for almost 100 years, they pride themselves on providing top notch hospitality. While the rooms are simple, the service is some of the best I’ve experienced anywhere in the world. Those of us from SF 2015 who returned again this year felt as if we were returning home to family.
We arrived a night before the rest of the group as we wanted some down time before the hoards arrived. Madame recognised us as soon as we arrived and made us feel so at home.
Madame Yolande and her family are amazing. Most of our group is made up of Americans and there are always some interesting dietary needs! We discovered that many places in France were unable to handle even a simple request for vegetarian food at times, but it was reassuring to be able to return to L’Eveche every evening and know that everyone had their needs taken care of without complaint. The food was fabulous and served with such great care. Most of all their cassoulet is phenomenal. If you ever get the chance to visit this little corner of the Aude, you won’t be disappointed.
The following day, we had planned to rest and relax before the rest of the group arrived. However, one of our friends had had a hellish start to her holiday when her tooth cracked and it desperately needed fixing. Matt and I drove off to Carcassone to rescue Elle and Jill, return their rental car, have lunch and get Elle’s tooth fixed. This time we saw a little of the main part of Carcassone away from the Medieval cite. It’s such a charming city with character, charm and great shopping of course!
That evening we returned to the hotel after the rest of the group had arrived and it was just fabulous to see friends old and new….the sparking and fun was just about to begin!
By the way, Alet has a rich history – more on this soon!