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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 29th 2011

It was day one of our road trip across the South of France to take my parents as far as Nice in just over a week. We packed the car and set off early morning just after breakfast. Our first leg in the car was going to be longest, a 3 hour drive further South towards the medieval city of Carcassonne. My parents really had no idea what was in store and as we approached the medieval city it came it to view from the motorway and they were blown away. We drove into town and found our hotel which was conveniently located, directly across the road from the old city, we checked in and headed to our rooms for a quick rest. The hotel was a fantastic little place with cosy yet decorative rooms which ... read more
Carcassonne
Carcassonne
Carcassonne

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 2nd 2011

Frank and I were just talking while the children had a sleep in the back seat en route to Carcassonne. It's amazing how easy life seems on holiday, with no mail, phone calls or e-mail to return, and no household jobs calling! The other advantage of holidays is that when there's no rushing around to school and various activities, the children are incredibly co-operative and I'm not having to yell at anyone to hurry up. We are all enjoying each others' company so much. I don't know how you re-create this environment at home, but we are enjoying it while we can! If Verona was Isabel's request, a knight's castle was Hugo's. We certainly found a beauty at Carcassonne! My photos are a little disappointing because the scale of the place from a distance is truly ... read more
Picnic time
Great glace
Entry to the castle

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne June 10th 2011

We arrived at Carcassone late in the afternoon, and probably made a foolish decision to walk up the hill (Kansas mountain) to the fortress. It was a very long walk, involving marital snarkiness. Finally we reached the top; at least one mile and possibly two. I have wanted to visit Carcassone for a very long time. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site because there are so many intact medieval buildings inside the old walled city. Printed guides claim it is worth it to spend the night inside the old city walls because the town retains its character after all the tourists have left for the day. This is very true. We entered the main gate after the last busses were pulling out of the parking lot. The rest of the night was charming. Carcassone has ... read more
Fortress
Dinner

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne June 4th 2011

We are now in residence in an apartment in a time share village which gives us the opportunity to relax and explore the local countryside at our leisure. Nearby is the Canal du Midi which runs from near Toulouse to the sea. Boats of all shapes and sizes are tied up at the local village and in the height of summer must be quite busy. We have arrived at a time with temperatures in the high teens and very cloudy with occasional drizzle. Seems like we have brought it with us from Spain, but another resident said this sort of weather happens often because of the proximity to the mountains. After a lazy start to the day we took the deviation into Carcassonne, a town high on our list of must see places. Being a Saturday ... read more
Fortified town from the bridge
Inside the church
Entrance to fortified town

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne June 3rd 2011

Trois jours dans une contrée riche en histoire. Gens du Québec, sentez-vous vengés de tout ce beau temps dont nous avons plus qu'abusé depuis notre arrivée, pendant que vous vous les geliez... Lorsque, ces derniers jours, vous frôliez des T° presque trop chaudes, nous avions, dans les hauteurs, un temps ressemblant à l'automne québécois, avec peut-être un petit peu plus de vent. Laissez-moi vous dire que les gougounes sont restées à l'hôtel ! La journée du jeudi, que nous avions d'abord prévue pour une visite à Collioure, a été troquée contre une virée en pays cathare, avec visite audioguidée d'un château médiéval, suivie d'une visite-dégustation d'une cave en Corbières. Que nous avons été bien inspirés de faire ce changement ! Ce fut une journée mémorable. Ces quelques photos vous résumeront chronologiquement notre séj... read more
Quais du canal
Hôtel de ville de Narbonne
Ancien Palais des Archevêques

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 6th 2010

Anne: On the morning that we left my cousin Paul's house we travelled about half an hour to Carcassonne. Here they have a medieval Cité which I really wanted to visit as it is the setting of the book I was reading, Sepulture by Kate Mosse. It was baking hot when we got there and there were hundreds and hundreds of tourists! We had a walk around the inner Cité and I took loads of photos but the magic of the place was lost for me due the the sheer number of people there. Still enjoyed it though and bought a couple of postcards! We then travelled on to Andorra. xx... read more
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 29th 2010

The whole trip to France started evolving three years ago, when Kevin and I were last in the country. He had mentioned that we would come back in two years, and I said, “Let’s make it three, and we can have your 60th here!” And the planning began. The party part didn’t start in earnest, though, until about six months ago when a swap couple of the Ackmans from Carcassonne mentioned a wonderful restaurant and hotel, not far from the city of Carcassonne, called La Bergerie. The selling point was that it was a Michelin- starred restaurant. If you have had the great good fortune of going to a Michelin-starred restaurant, you know that EVERYTHING is just better. Food, service, presentation. Kevin got on line to them and got a booking for approximately 24 for the ... read more
Fried Lamb entree
Squid with ham entree
Bass with green beans

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 21st 2010

THURSDAY - I have a feeling most of the eating out is at an end. All friends and family are in town. Tonight was a quiet night at the house with Rob and Erica as Kevin went to pick up Julie Brown, coming in from Aussie. I discovered today that Rob has a SERIOUS coffee addiction, and watched a total metamorphosis as he was infused with caffeine. Note to self: carry chocolate covered coffee beans when with Rob Lauder. Rob is an excellent cook, and made the three of us a beautiful salad full of goodies from the frig. It’s amazing what you can do with leftovers. Nothing spectacular, but just flavorful and nice. FRIDAY- Kevin’s birthday dinner was fabulous. The restaurant, La Bergerie, is about a half hour out of Carcassonne. We had worries because ... read more
Tomato Tatin
Profiteroles forever!
Kevin's salmon something...

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 21st 2010

SATURDAY - Every day we start off with Pain au Chocolat or Pain au raisin, and a huge cup of café au lait. I can’t get enough of the good coffee here and end up with a good case of the shakes by 3 PM. It is so worth it. Ok, I am lapsing. I am so forgetting what I have eaten, since I haven’t written everything down. But if I can’t remember then it couldn’t have been that good or….it is all just so good that each meal is blending into another…..I’ll let the scales in LA determine that one…. SUNDAY - Kevin’s family arrived by noon for a birthday lunch for Ann at Hotel d’Alibert in Caunes. The food was wonderful, and beautifully presented. And the owner was delightfully obnoxious with his humor. A ... read more
Roasted Vegetables
Peche Gazpacho
Lemon tart

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 13th 2010

WEDNESDAY - After a tidy-up of the apartment and a quick hoovering of the last of the food, we bade goodbye to the apartment, Montmartre and Paris. Walked down the hill to the tube with the bags, mine has now expanded to include the LeSportsac, and over to Gare Montparnasse to catch the train to Toulouse. We bought sandwiches at the station which were huge. On to the train, luckily we got on early enough to get space for the bags. After settling in, the sandwiches were pulled out. Note to Self: Carry small jar of Dijonaise in purse at all times! We got off the train in Toulouse and picked up the car. Kevin had bought a GPS in England so I had no maps. Refer to Kevin’s blog, or email me directly if you ... read more
The bag-man
My chicken in Ollenzac
Kevin and Ed in Carcassonne




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