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 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!