Carrying on in Carcassonne
Trip Start Apr 01, 2011
73Trip End Jan 26, 2012
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I have to admit, I had a few stereotypes in mind as we were on our way to France but I am happy to say that so far, we have not run in to a single skunk walking around saying "Mon cheri" in a bad French accent, nobody has been rude to us, they smoke no more than the Spanish or Portuguese and most of the time, we are probably the worst smelling people in any given room
As I mentioned, our hotel was a little far from the main part of the town, it was on the way to the airport in a mainly industrial area. We decided on our first day to walk in to town. Armed with a map and directions from the hotel staff, we started our trek to town along the highway and after about 45 minutes of walking and only having to dart across the highway once, we made it in to town. At the end of the day, we were going to take the city bus back to our hotel but as is our luck with buses, ended up missing the last bus of the day so we decided that it was still light enough to walk back to the hotel. As some people keep reminding me, my navigation skills are not always the best. I have been doing quite well on our trip so far and maybe due to that, I was getting a little over confident. I was looking at the map thinking I knew exactly where we were and then over the hill, the airport appeared... And it was on the wrong side of us. I figured that it was unlikely the airport had shifted a kilometer to the left and the more plausible explanation was that we missed a turn at some point. We had been walking for about 45 minutes and should have been back at the hotel by that time, I was not sure where we had missed the turn and the sun was getting very low in the sky, so not the best time to have to back track on a lonely highway for 20 minutes
As I had mentioned, we have not run in to anyone in France yet that has been rude or unfriendly, in fact it has been totally the opposite. We knew we were going to be arriving at our hotel a few hours after the reception was closed so I e-mailed them to find out what options we had to get in to the room. They e-mailed me back with the room number and told me they would just leave the door unlocked and the key on our bed. The next day, we inquired about laundry facilities and the hotel owner showed us the location of a laundromat on our map. We packed up our dirty clothes and were just walking out of the parking lot toward town when the owner drove up and asked us if we wanted a ride in to town. He only had a 2-seat car but he made 2 trips to get us both to the laundromat. On a couple of occasions we have been standing in the street looking at our map and had people stop and ask us if they could help us find something, we have had people overhear us trying to decipher menus in restaurants and they have asked us if they could help us figure out the food and they have even acted as translators for us when restaurant staff did not speak English.