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Today we headed to Carcassonne to visit the Cite De Carcassonne, a fortified city. It took us nearly an hour to find the place and it was so frustrating because we could see it but couldn't get close, there were road closures and changes so poor Ken was totally confused. Anyhow we made it eventually and I have NEVER seen anything like it. This fortified City comprises of the Chateau Comtal, Basilique St. Nazaire and Theatre J. Deschamps. It is the most amazing fairytale castle. There are ...
... swimming pool and sauna in the complex which we took advantage of in the afternoon before heading into the Medieval City for dinner in one of the many restaurants located inside the city walls.
We chose a restaurant that had been recommended to us by a local and were not disappointed with our meals, well maybe a little disappointed in that they had run out of their signature dish of cassoulette. The highlight of tonight was a soloist who sang in Spanish ...
... was once an important trade route. It took 14 years to build, used over 10,000 workers (including women), and has been protected by UNESCO since 1996. The canal is also lined by 45,000 plane trees, which look pretty but which also reinforce the banks. Unfortunately, the plane trees have a disease that was brought over by the Americans in World War II.
Anyway, we brought our picnic lunches and ate on a barge while we cruised a small portion of the canal. It was warm but ...
What a truly incredible day today. We drove the Cathar trail to visit castles starting at Carcassonne we arrived early and walked over the causeway and under the towering gate house. We were transfixed by its sheer magnitude and made our way along the cobbled streets past ancient shops hopefully not with our mouths agape. Stopping for a delicious caffe and croissant.
We didn't want to miss a ...
Another three hundred
mile day with some interesting bits of countryside. The journey was
marked by being caught in a major thunderstorm the like of which we
had never seen and we were only a mile and a half from the hotel.
Cars came to a halt on the motorway unable to clear their
windscreens. We were saturated within seconds and I was seriously
worried about how close the lightening bolts ...