Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
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The (diverse) hordes of tourists were there for good reason. It is a spectacular place with a rich history. It was fortified over the centuries by the Gauls, Romans, Visigoths, Moors, and Franks. It was a major stronghold until the Roussillon province became part of France in 1659. As the need for the fortified presence was no longer needed, the city walls and buildings went into decay for the next 200ish years. It wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century when renowned architect, Viollet-le-Duc took on the project of restoring La Cite. He obviously did something right as Carcassonne welcomes over 4 million tourists every year.
We spent the day walking the streets people watching as much as sightseeing. We also did an audio tour of the ramparts (see pic). We headed back down to our cute little (and very old) hotel in the lower town to relax and drink our “special” Carcassonne wine. Our hotel had great views of La Cite from its terrace (see pics).
We returned up to La Cite for dinner after all of the tourists had left (all those that were not staying up there anyway). It was much quieter and we enjoyed our traditional meal with some more local wine. Meg had cassoulet, which is a piping hot bowl of beans, duck and pork sausage. It was incredible. Once again, with our sightseeing ambitions as well as our appetites feeling satiated, we retired for the night. Tomorrow we are off to our last stop (Toulouse) on this wee tour before we head home on Tuesday.