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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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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
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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
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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!

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 27th 2017

We set off this morning and stopped at the village of Villasequelande just before 12pm as it had a sign saying that there was a grocery store 400m away. We followed the signs and found the store and the owner asked if we were on the Canal du Midi and offered to deliver our purchases for us. Hearing this, we bought a lot of heavy items (bottles of water and wine, etc.) to take advantage of not having to carry our purchases back to the boat. After unpacking our shopping we had some lunch and when the locks reopened, we set off again. The scenery was long stretches of canal framed by the plane trees, with vineyards often beside the canal. In the afternoon, the wind had really picked up and it was very difficult to ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 24th 2017

After a late continental breakfast of a croissant, we walked to the medieval city - Carcassone Cite Medievale. It is only a 5 minute walk around the corner so our hotel is in a prime location. It was a beautiful day and quite hot at 29 degrees - a big difference to the 16 or so of late in England. The hilltop site is in the south of France and was protected originally by a Gallo-Roman wall. It was occupied later by the Visigoths, Saracens and Franks in turn. Rebuilt in medieval times by the Cathar family the Trencavels (1100s), was taken by Simon de Montfort in a Cathar Crusade in 1209 and later given to Louis IX. The fortress became a royal estate and defended the border between France and Aragon. In the 19th century, ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 23rd 2017

After rendezvousing with Benny, Ann & Joe at Gatwick Airport, we checked in and went through Customs and boarded our flight. The fight was quite scenic as we flew over the South East of England, seeing the white cliffs of Dover in the distance and then some wind farms just off the English coast. The French countryside was a mix of green and brown and lots of irregular field shapes. It took about an hour and a half as we had a tail wind and we were met at Toulouse Airport by a transfer service to take us to Carcassone. It was 28 degrees in Toulouse, which was a welcome change from the 16 or so degrees that it had been in England over the last week or so. The drive took about an hour (at ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 22nd 2016

Very lazy day today, Wednesday. We spent the morning at the campsite relaxing with our books (well Kindle in my case and Tablet in Bob’s). After a bit of lunch we headed down to the beach, Santa Margarita end, the holiday resort part of Roses. It really does have a rather lovely beach with a very pleasant promenade running behind, its full length. Lots of shops selling your usual beachside tat and cafes and restaurants galore. We had a very good swim as the sea was quite warm, once immersed anyway and perfect for swimming. Warmer than campsite pool so I made sure I swam enough to cover my daily pool lengths as no intention of freezing myself in the pool later. The sun hid itself behind a cloud but warm enough anyway so we lay ... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 11th 2016

We left the Carmague heading for the motorway but before that we travelled the smaller roads that took us pass the smallholdings called mas which dot the landscape. The crops changed and we were starting to see cacti and prickly pear growing at the side of the road. We continued to drive on over the marshy fingers of land that made up the estuary of the mighty River Rhone. We were heading for the cite of Carcassonne which according to the Bible according to Camperstop Europe 2016 had an aire in a prime position within walking distance of what we wanted to see. Now as always the reality can sometimes differ from what we are expecting and today was no exception. We were heading for car park number 2 in which we expected to park ... read more
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Fairy tales and pepper pots
Modern carving of King Louise who sent out a crusade




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