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Arrondissement de Carcassonne

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  • Day83

    Carcassonne

    July 16 in France

    Nach unserer Ankunft in Toulon starten wir den Versuch am Mittelmeer ein paar entspannte Tage zu verbringen. Wir sind eine Nacht auf dem Campingplatz. Da aber auch hier wieder Animation angesagt ist, entschließen wir uns am nächsten Tag an den Atlantik weiter zu fahren. Wir machen Halt in Carcassonne um die sehr beeindruckende Burg anzuschauen und fahren in die Nacht hinein.

  • Day13

    Paris to Carcassonne

    September 8, 2017 in France

    That was a bit of an adventure. The freak show was on the move, twaddling through the streets of Paris with our luggage to the Anvers Metro station, changed lines a few stops along, then meandered over to the regional line, waited two hours for our train to come, caught the train to Narbonne (lovely relaxing part of the journey) and then we jumped on the train from Narbonne to Carcassonne where the train people decided that oversubscribing the number of passengers was a jolly good idea so we were squeezed into a train with way too many people, their luggage and their bikes. The only thing missing from the scene was a chicken or two flapping around (here Craig and I think back to our journey to Taveuni with Neal and Kerry-Anne). Poor Kate was once again at the correct height to smell the underarms and bums of obese smokers ;-)

    Luckily, our AirBnB was less than a 5 minute walk from the train station where we were met by our host. After dumping the luggage we set of for the 25 minute walk to the medieval Cité de Carcassonne.

    This place was spectacular. It has a 2,500 year history, but by the 1850s had fallen into disrepair and was decreed to be demolished. Thankfully the locals strongly opposed the idea and there was a campaign to restore it. Since then it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and with good reason. We were able to freely walk along the ramparts. This sort of thing continually amazes us, whereas in Australia all the area would be regulated to death in terms of heights where railings would be in place. Here, there are huge drops and you walk freely through the place.

    The streets inside are cobbled and winding with little shops. There were a lots of tourist shops, which many of the reviews I read were quite disparaging about. I don't necessarily think they detracted from the place at all and gave it a bit of a market town bustle and appeal.

    After circumnavigating, we found a restaurant in the main square and we all elected to have cassoulet - a local dish which is a casserole containing a pork sausage, a duck leg and white beans which in essence forms a thick gravy. We also had a very LARGE bier (500mls), the boys had more than one. As a result, it was necessary to walk the last bit of getting home very fast in order to prevent bladder explosion.
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  • Day14

    Boating on the Canal du Midi

    September 9, 2017 in France

    We spent the day mildly experiencing what it would be like to be homeless in inclement weather. We had to leave our accommodation by 10am but couldn't check into our canal boat until 3pm, but it was raining in Carcassonne, which made everything all that much more difficult.

    So, we spent some time hanging out in the train station, a bit of grocery shopping, lunch under a tree by the canal, a very prolonged coffee in a shop, and then a bit of loitering at the canal boat place and we managed to get on the boat without getting wet!

    We had a few hours changeover with the boat where we got some navigation instruction from Alex (who was quite hopeless at driving boats, so not sure that we learnt much!), but which gave us a chance to work out we didn't have towels or toilet paper - the necessities of life... so we could rent some towels and buy some loo paper, and we were set.

    I had to purchase a Captain's hat for the husband so that he could pretend he really was in charge of the boat!

    And then we were off. Only a short km or two down the road and we hit our first lock. All was good though and I think we didn't do too badly navigating in and out of the lock. We are spending this entire journey "locking down" which is infinitely easier than going upstream from what I can tell.

    We pegged off on the bank a little white later and I made a risotto au jambon et aux champignons for dîner - yummy! (Sounds so much more exotic en Francais!)
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  • Day15

    Our first full day on the Canal

    September 10, 2017 in France

    More of the same really, locking, cruising, stopping and exploring, pegging off to sleep the night. Glen and Jeff made sausages and mashed potato for dinner with a yummy salad. We were followed by the crazy French man who drives his boat like a bull in a china shop - either totally full thrust forward or totally full thrust backward... as a result, he is spending a lot of time running into the lock gates, the other boats in the locks, the banks either side leading in or out of the lock. We are all quite surprised their boat is still afloat really!

    The other phenomena is that it is REALLY WINDY! And rained intermittently. Quite annoying really because the sun is not really an overwhelming factor of our day, and it interrupting my preconceived vision of cruising along the canal with a glass of vino in hand.
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  • Day417

    Today was a classic castle day. Carcassonne is a town in south-western France that's home to a castle of the same name, basically unchanged since the middle ages. It's considered one of the most intact and best preserved castles in the world.

    So we drove over and parked nearby, under sadly gloomy skies - but at least it wasn't raining! We wandered around the walls, very large and imposing! It's actually a double set of walls, one inside the other, with a total combined length of around 3km.

    Inside the city it's exactly what you'd expect a medieval city to be like; very cramped, hemmed in and narrow. But very atmospheric as well, despite all the tourist shops. Basically every business was catering to tourists in some way, whether it was selling placemats or magnets or wooden knight toys.

    Wandered around and enjoyed ourselves, picking out a few points of interest. Opted against going inside the castle since Schnitzel wasn't allowed in, and we'd heard reports that it wasn't super interesting inside anyway.

    Had a sit-down lunch of cassoulet, a local speciality - a white bean stew with pork broth and a Toulouse sausage, very tasty! By mid afternoon we were finished filming, so retreated back to the hotel under still gloomy skies. At least we hadn't really been rained on!
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  • Day22

    After yesterdays windy day it was more the same today. Now the canal may look pretty but as a cyclist it can get pretty boring pretty quick so I decided to jump up onto the roads and go through some of the small villages and towns. Only problem with this was the roads were even more exposed to the wind so after a few miles it was back to the canal and head down.

    By early afternoon and I'd had enough and had arrived in Carcassonne, a medival town famous for its 53 watchtowers and double walled fortifications making it a world heritage site so good place to stop have a wander around and a few beers watching the football.

    With the plan to head to the coast tomorrow and with the weather looking even worse with rain as well as the wind it could be interesting.
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  • Day164

    Conversation with our hosts

    April 9, 2017 in France

    This is Cathy and Pierre, our hosts here. The are both chefs who retired a couple of years ago. We were out enjoying a bottle of chianti gifted to us by a previous host when they poked their heads out to make sue we were comfortable. We invited them to join us and the afternoon extended through a second bottle of regional wine, homemade Easter brioche, and other snacks. Pierre speaks almost no English and Gordon speaks almost no French so the conversation was a great mash-up of stories in both languages. They are a fascinating couple who have traveled a lot.Read more

  • Day165

    Carcassonne

    April 10, 2017 in France

    Forever known in our memories as DIsneyland In South of France. We think it was perhaps that this is Easter week and many people may be holidaying here. But gosh ... you could barely walk for the tourist multitudes. They even have a bas relief of Snow White! No kidding, the fortified town is a marvel, but come in winter!

  • Day16

    Carcassonne

    September 12, 2017 in France

    Yesterday we went on a train to go to CARCASSONNE. Our second train we went on was cramped a man that was smoking stood in front of my mum and he smelt horrible. .After 30m of standing on the train we walked to our very cozy accomodation and settled. Soon after that we went out for dinner at the castle of CARCASSONNE. There was great shops and a yummy Lollie shop. For dinner we had a French meal: Cassoulet with pork, duck and white beans. After a night we went to the station and waited for the rain to go. After lunch we saw 2 people doing the locks. When we got on the boat we went inside. Soon when the person stoped we went off. Around 5:00 we got some were to stay. About 1hour later we saw another boat pull at our area we called the INLAND.Read more

  • Day23

    Banyuls-Sur-Mer to Carcassone

    May 17, 2016 in France

    After a full buffet breakfast we caught a TAXI to the railway station-4-5km. 11euro worth it.! Station not open before9:30 ie to alter tickets- a nice Indian Frenchman & I talked about the train strike happening today-- fortunately after our scheduled trip. Anyway we were able to leave earlier to avoid a 5 min connection change & also to skip one train change completely. First train SNCFwas comfy and enough room for feet. The TGV was harder to get on- station platform attendant sent us to wrong car& we had to quickly backtrack. It was hard to carry big bags up a spiral staircase to move through an electrically operated door to find a woman in one of our seats. She moved. What was really interesting was while waiting on Narbonneplatform for our TGV we were almost blown off the platform by the goods train! Arrived just after 1 pm in Carcassone and walked to hotel Bastide. An older place , clean 3rd floor- thank goodness for elevator- mind you it wouldn't fit all luggage & ourselves in one go. Visited the medieval town - really nice imagining how the people lived and managed against foreign invaders. Spent an hour at the laundromat too! Dinner yummy made up rolls with Gorgonzola , prosciutto , tomato , lettuce and peeled carrot. Yum and red wine- bed time now. .... Tomorrow we may do a canal boat ride before training on to Nimes for a few days .Read more

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