Blogs from Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon, France, Europe


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!

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

After parking on the descent of the Col de Bisanne with the truck, I was then able to actually park on the climb of the Col de Madeleine. This wasn’t easy as I was late to the party, in terms of Tour parking, as some of these motorhomers get to a named climb well in advance, but my ace is the truck. Where these big lumps of plastic need a bit of space, I just need a car parking space so long as it’s got grass/dirt to peg into. But, this being said, I can’t be too picky, otherwise I’ll end up without a place, so opposite a set of road works, there was a dirt lay-by that was long, but just wide enough for my truck. The downside was the angle I was parked at, ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 8th 2018

Over a week has past on this Pyrenees trip, and so far we’ve spent two days in the Pyrenees, and have now split from the rest of the group. Mark was one of the guys with me on the first Morocco trip, and he come across some guys on Facebook organising a trip to the Pyrenees. When he suggested it, I was all up for it, as it was timed well, and I had nothing planned for June. On previous trips I'd done a ton of research of routes and places, but as this wasn't my trip I naively assumed I could just follow along and enjoy. Day one was an easy one for me, as Dover is just down the road, where as the rest were driving down from Doncaster. At around 1, everyone began ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne February 14th 2018

Here we are, the last blog of a pretty amazing one month trip...and now, I'm only 3 months late on blogging! We start the day very early in Barcelona and drove north to the little city of Figueres. Here, Dali left his Museum while still alive. He designed the place and offered it the to city and the people of the world. You can qualify Dali with a lot of words, mad could be one of them, genius obviously another one. The place is just stunning and we spent a full morning here. Dali was later buried here too. It's a long day and Figueres itself doesn't have much to offer as a small city, so we had a fast lunch and drove North to France. We could have stop on the way, but today is ... read more
Cathars castle...
It's still winter time!
When I told these guys you are too late....last invasion was centuries ago...I received some solid smiles on the way back!

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