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Carcassonne

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • Day23

    Tag 20 // Harte Nuss

    September 8, 2016 in France

    oder Staub fressen. Beides passt sehr gut zum heutigen Tag. Dem aufmerksamen Leser wird sicher aufgefallen sein, dass es über den Tag keinen Post gab. Ein sicheres Zeichen für einen zähen und zermürbenden Etappenverlauf.

    Bei (mal wieder) Gegenwind wurde es immer wieder recht ungemütlich auf den Schotterwegen des Canal du Midi, zumal diese Wege auch gerne mal zu holprigen Pfaden werden. Für einen großen, schweren Menschen auf einem Straßenrad geradezu ideale Verhältnisse...

    Schiffbruch haben wir nicht erlitten, auch wenn es am Wegesrand manch passendes Motiv dazu gab. Hinzu kam auf den ersten Kilometern noch eine mäßig ausgeschilderte Umleitung und eine Bundesstraße, deren Kreuzung sich als komplexer als auf dem Navi angegeben herausstellte. Die bauliche Trennung der beiden Fahrstreifen bestand jedoch nur auf 100m, so dass wir über die jeweiligen Seitenstreifen daran vorbei fahren konnten.

    Kleine Anmerkung zu der Umleitung: Der Canal du Midi wurde in der Art einer Allee gebaut, so dass eigentlich durchgängig an beiden Seiten Bäume standen. Viele der Bäume drohen jedoch jetzt aufgrund eines Pilzbefalls abzusterben und womöglich umzustürzen. Daher wurden bereits Tausende Bäume (von wohl knapp 40.000) gefällt und müssen noch gefällt werden. Immer wieder können daher einzelne Abschnitte nicht befahren werden.

    Neben den Straßenkreuzungen kamen wir auch an einigen Flusskreuzungen vorbei. Mit entsprechend großem Aufwand wird dort der Kanal über einen natürlich verlaufenden Fluss hinweg geführt. Aber auch andere Brücken waren nicht minder interessant zu überfahren (siehe Fotos).

    Unser heutiges Hotel ist recht unspektakulär. Der Name Hotel Central verspricht zwar einiges, doch bis auf die Lage an einer zentralen Hauptverkehrsstraße können wir nichts besonderes feststellen. Morgen wird es interessant werden wo wir unterkommen, da es doch merklich dünner besiedelt werden wird in den Pyrenäen. Aber das sehen wir morgen.

    Jetzt erstmal Beine hochlegen und ausruhen, damit es morgen weitergehen kann.
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  • Day9

    Pic du Midi

    July 15, 2017 in France

    Bit tough saying au revoke to part of the team & the house today.
    Jan & I took Nicky, Madi & Em to the train station via the sunflower fields.
    We then drove south & found a Saturday market which was fun, except the food section.
    It was up a long way, through beautiful countryside.
    We went in an amazing cable car, via an intermediate station, to Pic du Midi, at 9500 feet...
    The ride up was spectacular, especially the second section which took you over a gully.
    The views were unbelievable....surrounded by jagged Mts in all directions..it was great!!
    From there we drove 2.5ish hours to Carcassone, which is basically a walled city....
    This too was wonderful ....reminded me inside a little of Rhodes....narrow cobbled streets.
    It was a hive of activity with many restaurants & shops.
    By the time we left the sun had gone down & it was all lit up.
    Another great day....not in til 11pm!
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  • Day27

    Carcassone, yummy lunch and snails

    September 30, 2017 in France

    Great day in Carcassone, medieval castle with heaps of lolly shops and great food places. Had lunch in a more local restaurant with regional specialties. Vince had the cassoulet while I had the duck. Dinner was snail done in pesto with French bread, salad and cheese. Jess had three snails! Em painstakingly managed one :) Then we sang, David played the didgeridoo, we also listened to Xavier Rudd and fat Freddy' drop. Bit of home :)Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Carcassonne, Carcasona, قرقشونة, Каркасон, Carcassona, Καρκασσόν, Karkasuno, کارکاسون, קרקסון, CCF, カルカソンヌ, Каркассонн, 카르카손, Carcaso, Karkasonas, Karkasona, 11000, การ์กาซอน, 卡尔卡松

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