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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 ...
... but the flies are a bugger.
Most of the locks today were doubles or trebles, so weve dropped down lots today.
It really is the busiest day on the canal there seem to be 4 different companies opperating in this area, I am sat opposite a charter base with about 30 boats parked today, the canal and local towns and villages seem to need the income these companies generate locally.
Anyway enough prattling got to clean the boat and then myself, will write more later.
Today we woke up quite early as we heard that the Castle gets really busy around midday. So, we got to the castle around 9am, it was lovely and quiet. When inside, we walked around and got chocolate crepes for breakfast by the Roman-Catholic cathedral. We then headed towards the Haunted House that Max had seen the night before but didn't go in. So, Max and Dad went in that while I went and bought the jumper I had seen the last night and then got some ...
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!
We are here for a couple of days and we visited the old city of Carcssonne, famous for its "double walled" fortification - where a city was protected inside them.
It was a hot and sunny day, we walked across from the new city half an hour by foot, and had lunch inside the walls ...