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Travel Blogs from Carcassonne
From Spain I headed north into France where I wanted to visit the small city of Carcassonne. My trip started with some excitement as I had gotten up very early to catch the train from Barcelona to Carcassonne but the Metro stop for the train station isn't actually at the train station despite what the name implies. Fortunately I followed everyone …
After our trip to Arles and Avignon, we spent the night at our hotel there in Aix and woke up early the next morning to catch the TGV bullet train to Paris! We arrived in Paris around 9am and immediately took a tour bus around the city. Our first stop was the Eiffel Tower! THAT was the highlight of my trip and what I had been waiting to see. After …
... was interesting as we left very green lush countryside and as we traveled closer to Carcassone the area looked more like Central California.
Our hotel was "interesting" The room was decorated bright pink and black, sort of modern. Weird... We did have an amazing view of the Castle of Carcassonne. The hotel has two mascots that greet you as you arrive and have breakfast with you, a basset hound and ...
My room at the Hotel du Canal wasn't ready when I arrived at Castelnaudray so I took a walk across the little bridge near the hotel that spans the Canal du Midi and into town. Castelnaudary isn't one of those gorgeous, quaint villages that you see on postcards and travel brochures, but it's pretty and has a really good feel about it. It also has a strip of bars and restaurants in the main street that will doubtless require further investigation.
Asked the lady ...
... only charging 67 euros a night compare to the 90 euros Booking.com charged, so I cancelled the latter and accepted the hotel's offer.
Had dinner in the garden at the hotel. Lovely surroundings softened in the early evening light, pleasantly mild, and birds chittering in the trellised vines above the restaurant door behind me. Ordered a small bottle of local red called Domaine Tour Boisee - a blend if Grenache and Merlot - which was a little tart for my taste ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking
- Pets allowed