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... 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 ...
... and is made from cow's milk.
Walked back to the hotel and checked in. It's right next to the canal and my room has quite a nice view over the water.
Took a walk back into town and along the canal, had a few drinks and read some more King of Thorns, then had dinner at a Chinese place called Kory which is a street back from the main drag. Speaking of food, I've been craving a meat pie all day, but I don’t know if you can get them in France.
Checked out around 8.30 and tried to settle my bill using AmEx, which the hotel doesn't accept. Luckily they do take Visa as my cash reserves are running low. I took the freeway north towards Narbonne, then after about an hour of driving reached the Narbonne Sud turnoff which takes you to Fontfroide Abbey. Slight problem exiting the freeway as the pay booths didn't accept either of my credit cards, but the nice lady at the other end of the intercom talked ...
... is made around this area, and a quite powdery tasting chèvre which when combined with the cherry conserve that came with it was actually delicious. For desert I had scoops of honey and pistachio ice cream covered with chantilly cream which was also very good. Overall a very good meal.
It was raining when I woke up and the sky outside my balcony was the colour of lead. It got heavier as the morning progressed but has now slowed to a light drizzle. According to ...
... of birds have come home to roost in one of the trees in the garden, invisible but singing sweetly as the light fades.
Saturday is market day in France, and that of course applies to Carcassonne. There was one set up around the big square near Pont Vieux, but most of the action was happening in Place Carnot. It's packed with produce stores selling cheese, meats, dried fruits, nuts, vegetables, seafood, in fact just about anything you could feel ...