Tuesday, October 14, 2014

From Occitania, with love...

My new book, The Eye of Ra, is now finished and the editing process is nearly done. I'm very excited, as in a few weeks' time I will be able to share it with the world. It is a story not only about forgotten history, adventure and suspense; it is also about the early years of the Egyptian Mystery School teachings (Hermetic Teachings) and some of its ancient, though timeless, wisdom. Find out what happens to Danielle, and which other characters have stayed in this sequel of my first book, White Lie.

More info: See The Eye of Ra Press Page

With one of my editors, Janice Baiden, in Rennes-le-Chateau.

Especially for press and promotional purposes, a final draft of The Eye of Ra will be available and can be requested by e-mail (books@jeannedaout.com).

Group tours
As you may already know, I have done several tours here in Occitania, France, exploring the historical sites and natural beauty of this special corner of the world. I would love to share with you some of the photos I have taken in the last few months.

The Lure of the Languedoc
This special group tour which I have hosted together with a dear friend and fellow author, Tim Wallace-Murphy, was a big success and a delight. We explored history from Cro-Magnon to present, starting of course in Tarascon-sur-Ariège, in the Prehistoric Museum and the Bedeilhac cave.

After a visit to the lovely port of Collioure (below), which I have written about both in White Lie as well as in The Eye of Ra, we explored hidden symbolism in the cloister of Elne Abbey.

Also the abbey ruins of Alet-les-Bains are beautiful and mysterious...

St Michel de Cuixa near Prades is also full of ancient Christian symbols of forgotten days. Symbols that speak of a different knowledge, the esoteric knowledge of the initiated.

On September 18th I was the local guide for William Henry's group in Alet-les-Bains and Rennes-le-Chateau, which was a wonderful experience and a great joy to meet such lovely people.

With one of the members of another lovely group at Montségur.

In the footsteps of Otto Rahn in Ornolac, with yet another group.

It was also a pleasure and a privilege to share the local history and mystery during a 5-day tour across Occitania with a very large group of 70 people from the US. Below you can see a few photos from our journey.

The Galamus Gorge, on our way to the Hermitage.

One misty morning, taken from the guide seat in the bus.

The Medieval Castle in Collioure, the HQ of the Knights Templar order in the late 12th century.

A few days of rest
Naturally, after being away so much, our cat Babar was overjoyed when I was home again. I took him on an outing on our little island in the river, where he climbed trees, went on an expedition and then cuddled up against me, purring loudly and making it very clear that he was very, very happy... ;-)

Being in the final stages of the editing process, it will still be several weeks before the book will be available. I will keep you posted!

From Occitania, with love,

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Busy busy!

These months have been very busy indeed! I've done many tours through Occitania with readers and several celebs, and have also been able to do some writing. I'm now at chapter 18, more or less halfway through the book.

Here's a sneak preview of the cover of my new book, the sequel to White Lie, which is called "The Eye of Ra".

New radio interview
Also check out my latest radio interview for 'Revelation', a show hosted by author/researcher William Henry.


With William Henry at the Ducs de Joyeuse in Couiza.

Special people
There are still those people who, in spite of their busy life, still make time to fight for good causes. Joseph Corré and his mother, Dame Vivienne Westwood, are both running two different fashion empires. Both are extremely busy, but they always make time to fight against the pollution of our planet and not just by giving money. Joe, for instance, is a social activist. They have my respect. And last month I had the honor of being the private guide to Joe and his uncle Stuart, the brother of the late Malcolm McLaren.

Joe with yours truly on top of Montségur, 17th May 2014.

Still going strong
For some reason, people have been checking me out by the masses. So as a consequence my star rate has gone up with an amazing 1.232.405 places! Very cool. ;-)!

This Summer I will hopefully finish my book, so I will keep you all posted! Have a wonderful Summer everyone! xox

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Updates March 2014

Spring has come early to Occitania and these past few months have been busy indeed! I have written 8 chapters for the sequel and am very excited so far. The subjects are connected with an ancient Egyptian mystery. The book now also has a new title, which I will share with you in due course.

I am also excited to announce that I will be doing a unique group tour with author Tim Wallace-Murphy in September this year, called "The Lure of the Languedoc". Link: http://thelureofthelanguedoc.blogspot.com ~ Join us if you can! :)

From left to right: Cyndi, Tim and myself in Mirepoix, fine-tuning the itinerary for the group tour.

A bit of Da Vinci Code on this photo below: Tim Wallace-Murphy, the real Grail expert (played by Ian McKellen in the movie), Henry Lincoln (center), the author of 'Holy Blood Holy Grail' which inspired Dan Brown, and Cyndi (Tim's darling wife), during our get-together in Rennes-le-Chateau, March 8, 2014.

With Babar...

Will be back with more news soon, so keep on watching this space! :)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Season's Greetings!

To all my friends around the world:

Happy Winter Solstice! Happy Holidays!
Wishing you much love and joy!
May your New Year be absolutely marvelous
and may all your dreams come true!

Much love,

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Latest News, November 2013

I'm excited to announce that White Lie will not just get a sequel. While researching forgotten history and unsolved mysteries, I found so much inspiration and amazing historical material, that I have decided to create a trilogy. ;-)

I will keep you posted!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Never a dull moment...

It is amazing how so many people came over to Occitania this year and hired me as their private guide. Among them were people who are specialists in certain fields, and who could confirm several details of my research which I used for "White Lie". There were also several celebrities, e.g. Jeopardy show host Alex Trebek and his amazing wife Jean, and singer/songwriter/producer Corjan (photos below).

Jean and Alex Trebek in Rennes-les-Bains, July 2013

Corjan de Raaf and I, October 2013

Starting up the White Lie movie project takes a lot longer than I expected, but we're working on it. Below you can see the promo poster. It will be interesting to see how this project, which seems to have a life of its own, will develop. For instance, who will play the man on the right, Otto Rahn? Only time will tell. ;)

I don't know how many times I have been standing on top of Montségur castle, one of the locations from the book. Here I am standing on the outer wall of one of the Cathar houses. What an amazing place this is...

As I have been taking so many people to the amazing sites here in Occitania, I was able to take some really good photos when I had a moment. Among several others which were taken by clients, I would also like to share some of my favorite photos below. It is an incredible place, this realm of Oc.

Inside the tower of St. Michael in Alet-les-Bains.

The sunflowers of Coustaussa are beautiful both in flower and in seed.


The magical square with the head at the Galamus hermitage.

At our home in the woodland garden.

At the African reserve near Sigean/Narbonne. I never dreamed of being so close to wild lions and have the courage to open my window...

Queribus castle in the late October afternoon sun with dramatic clouds behind it. An incredible atmosphere!

The biggest walled medieval town in Europe, Carcassonne, with its 52 towers, never bores me, no matter how many times I visit.

Finding old Greek inscriptions in the ruins of the old monastery at Alet-les-Bains.

It's always nice when the locals start to trust you with their only key to an ancient church.

With a very honored and loved visitor, author/speaker Tim Wallace-Murphy. Our cat Babar immediately liked him. ;-)

It's always fantastic when animals let you come so close and still dare to keep their eyes closed. The French Mediterranean coast of the Camarque and the Roussillon are famous for its many flamingoes that come in from Africa.

Last but not least, an amazing detail in the windows at the St. Nazaire basilica in Carcassonne. Mary is given to Zachariah by her parents. ;-)

Keep on watching this space! I will be back with more news a.s.a.p.

From Occitania, with love... ;-)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Mysterious Occitania

What an incredible Summer this has been! Living in Occitania is an amazing experience. Because of its forbidden history, unsolved mysteries and stunning natural beauty, it serves not only as an inspiration to artists, writers, filmmakers and photographers; it also attracts the most amazing people from all around the world to witness this unknown part of France with their own eyes.

Not many people know that I am also a passionate amateur photographer. Not only through my guided tours and writings, but also through my photography I hope to share the beauty and mystery of this ancient realm. I would like to share a few of my photos below.

Beautiful Alet-les-Bains, with its medieval half-timbered houses, ruined cathedral and the house of Nostradamus. In "White Lie", one of the teams investigated the mysteries that surround this old town on the Aude river.

The Cathar stronghold of Montségur stands proud upon its pog in the Sabarthès mountains. It takes a bit of nerve to climb upon its walls and take this photo while holding onto the lightning rod, but I did it! Montségur plays an important role in "White Lie" and it is always a pleasure to bring part of the story to life during a tour.

Also Rennes-les-Bains and its stunning surroundings are some of the book's locations.

Below a lucky shot at Puivert castle when a little girl wearing medieval clothes ran in and stayed just long enough for me to take this photo:

Puivert Castle has been used as a location for the Roman Polanski film "The Ninth Gate" featuring Johnny Depp. There are many film locations here in this region, that I have explored. Apart from photography, I love location scouting. It is a challenge to find the most incredible places...


I'm still working on creating a fab team to turn "White Lie" into a movie. It is a project that will not only be an incredible adventure for any filmmaker and those involved, but also change the way we look at history, conduct, choice and religion.

In the meantime check out my website www.jeannedaout.com. Although some time will be given to do research for my sequel, I will remain available for interviews and guided tours over the coming months. I hope to be back here with news very soon. Have a wonderful Autumn!