Peak Performance

Perched  on top of a ridge of rock in the Aude Department of Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France, on the edge of the Pyrenees, sits the Cathar castle of Peyrepertuse.

The castle is one of the “Five Sons of Carcassonne” along with the castles QuéribusPuilaurensTermes, and Aguilar, all situated atop ‘unassailable’ rocky peaks.” – Wikipedia  

The Cathars were a religious group, persecuted for their beliefs, who retreated to these strongholds but were unable to withstand the siege laid by their persecutors and were, essentially, wiped out. 

cathar castle Languedoc Roussillon

Atop Jungfrau on the Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland sits the Sphinx astronomical observatory – one of the highest observatories in the word at 11, 716 feet.

Jungfrau The Sphinx observatory

Atop Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps there is a cable car station, barely discernible from our hotel window in Les Houches.

Aiguille du Midi French Alps Chamonix Aiguille du Midi French Alps ChamonixThe weekly photo challenge is: On Top

 

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11 thoughts on “Peak Performance

  1. Ooh, I’ve always been intrigued by the history of the Cathars and that shot of the castle is magnificent, Lynne. I also love the one of the Sphinx astronomical observatory; it’s so dramatic. xxx

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