After lunch Sally, Rick and I caught the bus to Carcassonne. Phil could not come because he had a previous engagement he could not miss. So off we went, the bus fare costs us 1 euro each and the bus trip took us just over an hour. Pretty good value don't you think? The purpose of our visit was to see the old city of Carcassonne. The first historic evidence of the city can be traced to the beginning of the 8th century BC. Than it was a simple enclosed town surrounded by an earthern wall and overlooking the Aude river. Two hundred years later the small fortress was replaced by a cattle pen and the human habitat was moved to the present site of the city
. Various battles and wars later it became Roman. Also the city has been occupied by Arabs. Today it stands as a reminder to us all that no matter what happens , certain structures and civilisations do survive the most horrific times. The old city has been kept intact, lots of cobblestone paths and old structures. It has become a busy tourist attraction as well, so of course the souvenir shops are plentyful and all the little novelty shops full of statues and figurines etc etc. Still it is a great place to visit. Of course it meant a great deal of walking. Friends of our hosts also came along and thank goodness they gave us a ride back from there. You see it is a bloody long walk back to the bus stop. We made arrangements to meet at a restaurant for dinner. First we picked Phil up and then proceeded back to the restaurant. Had a nice meal and a few wines. Our company comprised of English ex pats living either part time or full time in this area. some of them have renovated their houses beautifully and have really made a difference to the area. This area is a vast wine growing region, vines as far as the eyes can see. Also a lot of wild poppies grow here and often you see a field of red. Very pretty.
Tomorrow we will be on our way again and will be heading for Barcelona in Spain. It has been a lovely visit and find the region exceptionally beautiful. thanks also to Sally and Phil for making our stay here such a pleasure.
Lovely sunny and warm day today. The sun was shining bright when we got up. Rick gave Charlie a wash and I did some washing. Mid morning we all went for a walk into the village here to have a look at the local church, and buy some bread for lunch. The village looks a whole lot different on a sunny day and looks brighter than when we first came here.We had a nice walk and thoroughly enjoyed the sunshine.