Students from Ripon College in Wisconsin enjoyed a couple weeks in the culinary and cultural crossroads of southern France this past May. They traced the history of the mysterious and intriguing Cathars, a discontinued religious sect that built majestic castles and defiantly opposed the political agenda of the dominant Catholic church during the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries.
The group of nearly 30 Ripon College students, professors, and CISabroad staff enjoyed the lavender fields, beautiful beaches and colorful streets that make southern France so appealing. Below are just a few photos that attempt to frame the experience, including shots of (and on!) the Arc de Triomphe in Montepellier and the picturesque beach of Palavas-les-Flots. Enjoy!