Blogs from Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, Europe


Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 17th 2023

A little tired this morning after the problem we were having with down loading pictures to the blog. We were up past 11:00 trying to figure out the problem. Ray has a lot more patience than I do, I would have flung the ipad out of the window! We really enjoyed our stay here at Le Hautes de Gageac. We had stayed here five years ago and loved it so much we wanted to return. The B&B is situated half way up a mountain, and traveling up to it can be a challenge. The last of the road to the Inn has about 140 degree turn with the road being 9 feet wide and stone walls on both sides. In order to get up you have to back up the road then proceed up. Thankfully, Ray ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 3rd 2022

TOUR 3 – La France – SUN, 03 JUL 2022 – “Day 9: BIARRITZ–LOURDES–CARCASSONNE - LOURDES Visit St. Bernadette’s grotto en route to Carcassonne. (B,D); 267 mi / 430 km”... read more
En Route to Saint Bernadette’s Grotto – Lourdes, France
En Route to Saint Bernadette’s Grotto – Lourdes, France
En Route to Saint Bernadette’s Grotto – Lourdes, France

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne June 28th 2022

As we are heading for Andorra, Carcassonne looks like a good spot to stay on the way. It’s a longish drive from Serre Chevalier, especially as we decide to detour for some sightseeing in Avignon (I’ve never been there) which involved some exploration of French one-way systems to find our way to a parking spot in the centre but it is well worth the effort. From Avignon it is Autoroute all the way to Carcassonne and we arrive before 7pm, even after a run-around the back streets of the “new” town. I’ve been to Carcassonne before but can’t recall much about it. My friend who lived in Toulouse at the time describes is as a lovely medieval city ruined by tourism, which is a bit harsh, but I know what he means. Our apartment is in ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 16th 2019

Another tour around the smaller village, starting off at Pennautier. We visited the Château- not open but walked around the grounds. Attached is a boutique selling wines produced on the estates. On then to Aragon it unable to access - Route Barre - we think the many of the roads in this area were being repaired after the devastating winter flooding. The view of the village from the hill was picturesque, quite like Tuscany ! We travelled onto Saissac where we had lunch - Madame Said we had to be quick as she had a dental appointment at 2pm. However, as usual the food was excellent. Then walked down to the castle, it was first recorded in 958 AD. Ruins of course, but interesting. Then back to pack up as tomorrow we head up to Cahors. ... read more
Gateway to Château
Vines at the Château
River at Pennautier

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 15th 2019

Today we took a road trip. Our first port of call was Villesèquelande where stands the Ormeau de Sully - an Elm tree planted in the 16C - - the knights museum was closed ! Then headed into Truffle Country at Moussoulens, but no black diamonds found! Montolieu was a village with 20 plus book shops, art galleries and potters! Lunch was enjoyed in the main square at Cassquets et Chapeau - caeser salad with anchovies served by an Irish lady whose French husband was the chef. Then onto Saint-Martin-le-Veil stopping en route to view the Cistercian Abbey of Villelongue - the medieval gardens were worth the stop. Good day - saw lots you could so easily miss, thank you Google !!!... read more
Book Kebab

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne May 13th 2019

Today we visited La Cite de Carcassonne. We were last here 5 years ago. Enjoyed lunch French style in the square - salade! The Cite is the largest and best conserved medieval fortress in Europe. Double walled and the beautiful basilica of St Nazaire. The stained glass are considered the best in the south of France. The ramparts are spectacular and give superb views of the surrounding countryside. Very warm and clear blue skies - the first this trip !!!!!!... read more
The square
St Nazaire

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne April 25th 2019

We choose Carcassonne over other places in France that we haven’t been before, for one reason; potential place to retire. The cost of living here is very low a 900 square foot apartment with two bedrooms for $900 a month. That is less than half of what we pay in New York for 720 square feet and one bedroom. To fully get the feel for the town, our original plan was to rent a couple of bikes, stop at a couple of real estate offices then ride by apartments, houses, etc. Biking was not in our stars. First, I had originally booked some bikes on line, but they never confirmed or responded to my three e-mails, at least no money exchanged hands. The hotel did have bikes available, even though they did not advertise that, so ... read more
The Cheese & Sausage Guy
The Vegetables
Indoor Market

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne April 24th 2019

Part of the reason I am behind in my blogging and now typing this when I should be typing today’s is, we had a very early train from Paris to Carcassonne. The initial plan was to blog while we were on the train, but sleep won out. The day started at 3:30 for Jerry, yes, he got up first because it just takes him longer. I slept until 4:30. We had done most of the packing the night before, so only needed to shower and to the last-minute items in the morning. We were on the curb waiting for the cab by 5:30. Yes, we took a cab to the train station, normally, we take the metro everywhere, to the train station, to the airport, but we are in our mid 50’s now and are trying ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne March 23rd 2019

Apologies to anyone who had trouble with the pictures in the last blog entry from St Guihem le Désert. There was a system problem that prevented all photos on all blogs from displaying for about a day and a half. All seems to be well again. Carcassone We had google mapped Carcassonne before we left home but we cleverly just got off the train and started walking. We figured we could find the tourist office without a detailed map and we did. The very helpful lady gave us a city map and told us to turn left, go through the square, cross the bridge and follow the road up the hill to the entrance on the other side of the fortress. Twenty minutes. Piece of cake. Pride goeth before a fall. We cut through the square ... read more
Main entrance
After the double portcullis is the moat
Some of the towers

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 23rd 2018

Murray and I used to play this board game called Carcassonne, well before we were married. I didn't realise it was a real medieval city in the South of France. We decided it was well worth a visit and it didn't disappoint. The Le boat canal boat trip we wanted to do, didn't actual get a view of Carcassonne, so we went down a day earlier to make sure we had time to look around. Our randomly booked apartment overlooked breathtaking Carcassonne. We were not disappointed. We loved looking around at night especially, exploring the nooks and crannies of the ramparts and finding new view points over the city. We drove down from Geneva, a 5 hour journey on the toll road. Mum, Dad, Daniel and Sarah went down by train, with 2 changes. We then ... read more
View of Carcassonne
So excited to be here!

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