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... Romans, Visigoths, Saracens, Arabs and eventually the French. It was often considered impenetrable and never changed hands during the 100 years war. It was restored in the 1800's (it took 40 years just to clear the rubble from between the ramparts). We did an audio tour which described the fortifications. The outer ramparts, the moat, drawbridge, the inner ramparts, the outer courtyard, the ...
... Mum. After this, we walked around the castle walls and we were going to go up even higher but it cost 8€ each so we didn't bother. We then went back to the campsite to get ready to go out on a bike ride. It was a big cycle path which went around the castle, over the river and into the town before coming back again. During the bike ride, we got bread for dinner, ice creams and smoothies. By the time we got back. it was really hot and I was ...
... it was so funny!!! We slept with the window open and had a makeshift clothesline for all our hand washed biking gear. Breakfast was a great buffet of the usual french stuff.
The Canal du Midi is beautiful and it twists and turns, much more interesting with beautiful big trees with lots of shade, its seems narrower too than the Garonne. This canal was designed by engineer Pierre-Paul Riquet 1609-1680 and this was motivated by the trade of wheat. At the ...
We were recommended to visit an African safari nearby - a drive in and walk thru safari where animals from bears to lions roam freely.
It was an hour's drive and it was an interesting park. The weather was very hot to make it authentic!
We spent the whole afternoon there and drove around twice, the second time the animals were out and waiting to be fed!
... old city.
After the visit, we went for a cool and refreshing boat trip on the Canal du Midi for 2 hours, which took us out to the tree lined avenues and pass 2 canal locks.
We returned to our chateau hotel for a pleasant dinner in the gardens.
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- Free parking
- Pets allowed