Premiere Classe Carcassonne
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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 ...
... defence and then in 1803 it was classified as a cathedral. Beside the cathedral is an interesting arch way called the Portal of the Jacobins and was built in 1778 to occupy the site of an ancient gate to the Bastide to monitor those entering.
Our final destination in the Bastide was the Museum of Fine Art which displays a large collection of paintings and ceramics from the 17th to the 21st centuries. We all really enjoyed exploring the seven large rooms in ...
... the Netherlands and gave the piece to the couple as a wedding gift. They subsequently gave it to my parents. Our miniature sculpture, about three feet in length, of a reclining Madame Borgese, sister of Napoleon, sits on the sideboard in our den.
She is titled Ebe, "goddess of immortality feeding on nectar," sculpted in 1816-17. Canova and his studio made three versions of Ebe (also Hebe).
The is the sculpture we have in our den. This ...
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 ...
Today we drove back to france around the Pyrenees, rather than over them, and stopped at carcossonne . This is an amazing place on a hilltop flanked by the Pyrenees mountains. It holds an important position as it is on the main trading route between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean oceans. It was first settled around 3500 bc, first fortified by the Romans in 100bc. It has changed hands many times over ...