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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 7th 2010

Saturday - Kevin and I spent the early day looking for restaurants for dinner with our friends, Rob and Erica, arriving on Sunday. We looked at a couple that were listed in my book, but they were either too expensive or didn’t have a prix fixe menu or were closed on Sunday (which was mostly the case anyway.) In the meantime we had settled on lunch at a little bistro down a small street near the Odeon. The meal was wonderful and Kevin I both enjoyed it. For dessert I had an Ile Flottante, which seems to be back in favor as a dessert. They weren’t on any menus three years ago, and they are a favorite of mine. Imagine a huge lump of merangue baked slightly, then placed in a bowl of Crème Englaise (custard ... read more
Another Paris Restaurant
Coffee Break!

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 24th 2010

What we thought would be our longest drive forced us to leave the middle of France early morning to get all the way to the bottom and reach Carcassonne. We made fantastic time and spent the afternoon exploring the city. Carcassonne is a fortified French town. It is basically a city that is divided into 2 and then surrounded by a huge, huge wall. Again, it is a very touristic place and it is difficult to find authentic but in the evening the walls are light and the crowds are low so it's a really great time to get a feel for the place. First signs of settlement in this region have been dated to about 3500 BC and I find that places such as Carsassonne are filled with fun and interesting facts such as it's ... read more
Inside Hotel
The Walls of Carcassonne
Pont Du Gard

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 16th 2010

When I set out travelling almost three years ago, my friend Rob, a globetrotter himself, warned me ‘You might find it difficult to settle again after being on the move for so long’. He was right. My life has changed drastically since I gave up everything to follow my dream of travelling the world. Initially, it was only supposed to be an overland journey from England to Pakistan, after which I expected to come back and pick up where I left off. But that never happened, and so far, I haven’t settled again. But, after spending five months in India, my travelling style has changed. I travel much slower now - two days on a train seem nothing other than normal now - and tend to stay between two and six months in one place. I ... read more
One of my favourite writing spots
Offering the 'Aum' cake
La Muse's wonderful library - complete with log fire

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 7th 2010

Left Valencia with some delay. Strange thing with the spanish railway is the very professional luggage control and checking in procedures at beginning or mainstations.On all the smaller station it s no problem to jump in without luggage control. Valencia- Narbonne took about 7 hours. Specially the last two hours are exciting, the mountains of the Pyrenees and after Perpegnan kind of swamps with water on both sides around the train. Had a stop over in Narbonne to wait a few hours for the highspeed train to Toulouse who stops at Carcassone. Only a 25 minutes trip. I promised myself to visit Carcassonne for two reasons. A few years ago I saw from the train Lourdes- Toulouse the Citadel and it looked magnific. A second reason was my younger brother who died two years ago, not ... read more
Citadel Carcassonne
citadel Carcassonne

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne November 4th 2009

La Cite,Carcassonne The plan today is to visit the area known as La Cite,the first site used as a town in Carcassonne. When we were driving into Carcassonne yesterday afternoon we caught a view of La Cite from the motorway and it looks a very interesting place with its rampart walls and witches hat roofs. Today though has not dawned so good and in fact there is steady rain as get to prepare for the day. But by the time we have finished breakfast the rain has stopped and the sky is clearing away to be at least partly cloudy.It is quite cool though and we are coming to appreciate that autumn is marching on.We haven’t yet seen a frost though and perhaps we have moved on fast enough when the places we have been in ... read more
The outer ramparts,La Cite
From the ramparts,La Cite
The cathedral exterior,La Cite

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne November 3rd 2009

Tuesday 3rd November Avignon to Carcassonne This hotel in Avignon might be a cheap one but it has been comfortable and quiet which was a pleasant to change to our stay in Trets with a couple of nights of boom boom music. The weather looks like it’s going to be a changeable and we may get showers on our drive.At least for the present it looks OK and we plan to spend an hour or so in the old part of Avignon before heading for Carcassonne. With a good distance ahead of us we hit the road early into the city and found a car park within the walls of the old city.We were quite surprised to see just how quiet the old city was and devoid of tourists although we guess that Avignon is more ... read more
Pont Saint Benezet,Avignon
Alleyways of Avignon

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 12th 2009

Halfway through the week - where has the week gone to? Why is it when you are young the summer holidays seem to last a lifetime but when you get older time seems to fly? The hoopoe seems elusive. This morning I thought I saw one strutting his stuff in the garden but I couldnt be sure. By the time I looked properly for him he had flown away. In the end we decided to head off south in the search of pink flamingos, black bulls and white horses of the Camargue. Left after breakfast in the direction of the beautiful but touristy city of Carcassonne. With its well maintained medieval complex of walls it looks fascinating from a distance. It has been repaired in the past but this has been done tastefully and the new ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne September 10th 2009

Day 14 (Thursday, September 10, 2009) After eating breakfast, we settled our bill with Le Petit Versailles and sadly went on our way. We had immensely enjoyed our stay at Le Petit Versailles and our time in the Dordogne region. It was by far my favorite area of France, and one that we will come back to again in the future, probably renting a house for at least a week. Today was another long day of driving, with our final destination being the medieval town of Carcassonne. Along the way, we stopped off in two other towns. The first was Cahors, which is well-known for Pont Valentré, a fortified medieval bridge that was built in 1308 to prevent the English from entering Cahors. Before visiting the bridge, we walked around the city, enjoying the cool ... read more
Toulouse-Lautrec Museum of Albi

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne August 28th 2009

Hello, 8/28 - We woke up early in Perpignon and caught the 8:40am to Carcassone (heading Northwest from Perpignon which is in the Southeast of France). This place had a cool medieval castle with a town inside - this included a decent size church as well. What I'm trying to say is, it was big and had a lot of stuff inside the walls. Our next train outta there was at 5:40pm so we used up some time playing the the park and going on a boat tour down a river. The river tour included some nice historical explanations and traversed a few locks. I think it was my first time going through a lock on such a small scale? ... read more
Playing in the park
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Carcassonne July 23rd 2009

We woke mid morning with the increasing temperature in the tent from the morning sun, we figured it was time we got on our way as we had a considerable distance to cover before our next camp. We made use of the clean & well kept shower facilities before collecting the coolblocks from the freezer in reception and asking for directions to the nearset supermarket. We were told of one called ocean just the other side of the main road to Lyon. We headed off looking for the place to find out it's spelt Auchen and almost missed the hypermarket totally. As we'd had a good look round Lyon the previous evening we decided to head off south with an aim of reaching the historic landmark of Carcassonne for early afternoon. After doing a bit of ... read more
View entering the Millau Valley
Millau Viaduct close up
Anna taking photo's as we crossed

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