The visitor’s reward for a steep climb on foot along a twisting rock-strewn path is a stunning 360-degree view across the Corbières range, with countless hectares of vineyards carpeting the slopes. One can almost feel ghosts of the Cathars who fled the brutal crusaders to seek asylum here from the sympathetic lords of Termes, owners of Chateau d’Aguilar since the 11th century. After the crusade ended in 1255, Aguilar became an important redoubt on the Franco-Aragon frontier until the 1659 Treaty of the Pyrenees settled the border between the two countries.
The weather on Christmas day was warm with the slightest drizzle of rain but no one cared. There were families with young children, couples, grandparents, and more. Everyone was enjoying the tropical weather and the amazing food, unlimited champagne, and incredible entertainment. It was a perfect way to relax on Christmas. I can imagine Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney celebrating Christmas day the same way.
Norway’s dynamic beauty attracts travelers from around the world. The rugged mountain ranges dominate the land, cut deep by colossal fjords of turquoise and blue. Thousands of islands speckle the coastline, bordered by three seas. Spruce trees shoot high towards the heavens, displaying a forest green blanket between the earth and the sky.
For a span of 50 years, Bob Hope entertained the men and women of the Armed Forces in every war and conflict since World War II. From war-ravaged Europe to the cold wasteland of Korea and from the steamy jungles of Vietnam to the desert heat of the Middle East, Bob Hope tirelessly brought humor and comfort to countless homesick servicemen desperate for a brief respite from the misery of war. Dressed in military fatigues and displaying his unique, irreverent humor, he became one with his audience, bonding with them in a personal way. He became the witty guy in the next foxhole, commiserating with them about their officers, the weather, the enemy, and the politics that got them there. And he made them laugh.
The most popular stalls near the entrance can be crowded, but there’s still room for you. Keep walking, because the selection is just as good toward the back of the hall. Vendors are efficient but polite, and some will even offer you a sample. The many varieties of Hungarian traditional sausages are easy to taste. Try the spicy Grey Cattle sausage, the rich Mangalica “hairy pig” pork sausage, or the mellow and smoky Hungarian winter sausage made without paprika.