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We woke up early today and headed to Carcassonne. As we drove through the country side we finally hit the major road and stopped for gas. Due to us not speaking French and the cashier not speaking English, it took a little while, but we did eventually get gas, expresso and croisants for our journey. Also Diane accidentally ended up in the Hommes (mens) restroom of which she made a hasty exit. The drive from ...
... saw a sign pointing towards an Abbey and decided to have a look. After fortifying myself with a vanilla eclair from the local boulangerie I was ready for some touristic action. As an afterthought I checked my Passeport des Sites du Pays Cathars, and right at the to of the list was Abbaye de Saint-Papoul. With my 1 euro discount on the entry price my passport has already paid for itself!
The site closes for lunch at 11.30 which only gave me 20 minutes to look around. ...
... rule can be seen in the capitols which are decorated only with botanic motifs, not the human heads or animals more typical in similar columns of this period. The cloisters, the church and the chapter house that we visited next date from the 12th century and are excellent examples of Romanesque architecture.
Fontfroide has an interesting connection to the Albigensian Crusade. Pierre de Castelnau - the legate sent by Pope Innocent III to negotiate a ...
... and personally I would have gone a bit ********* the Parmesan to give a bit more kick.
Main course was even bigger than the appetiser, a veritable pile of grilled king prawns, steamed mussels and fried monk fish heaped onto a plate. No surprises, just a really good seafood platter.
The dessert was the pick of the bunch tonight. The nougat ice cream sat in a bed of custard, drizzled with caramel sauce and finished with a pile of fresh cream. Please God, defer the coronary until I can finish ...
... by about 5 centimetres.
Considering renting a car for a week when I leave Carcassonne, and the only pick up place I can find on the Internet is the airport. If that's the case, it might make sense to drop the car back at Carcassonne and get a flight to my next destination - Montpellier or Avignon.
Checked Skyscanner and couldn't find flights to either destination from Carcassonne, which I thought was odd, so I checked at the little tourist kiosk on ...
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