Travel Blogs from Carcassonne
We parked, left our belongings and headed to the Castle - we took the audio tour. Very interesting...very medieval. We had a great lunch at a small restaurant in the Castle gates called Le Saint Jean. We had dinner next door that evening, sitting outside...which was amazing at Adelaide Restaurant. Wine is less expensive than Perrier!!
Tomorrow we our adventure takes us to Avignon.
... and cloisters both date from the 14th century according to the brochure I picked up at the ticket counter, which is odd because the paired columns outside and the barrel vaults in the roof of the church would indicate that both these structures were Romanesque and therefore a century or two older. The most striking feature is the elaborately embellished golden arch that wraps around the altar like a proscenium. There's also more of the red marble that's so popular in this ...
... rule can be seen in the capitols which are decorated only with botanic motifs, not the human heads or animals more typical in similar columns of this period. The cloisters, the church and the chapter house that we visited next date from the 12th century and are excellent examples of Romanesque architecture.
Fontfroide has an interesting connection to the Albigensian Crusade. Pierre de Castelnau - the legate sent by Pope Innocent III to negotiate a ...
... 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 ...
... came with a couple of mushrooms filled with a creamy sauce and a baked potato with sour cream. For dessert there was caramel nougat ice cream (similar to Italian cassata but better) which was smothered in whipped cream and crushed pistachio nuts. A glass of Kir C******nay (with a choice of fruit liqueur) and a little jug of house red was included in the price, so pretty good value. Note to self: must stop ordering food like I'm French otherwise I will explode.
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