A fairytale city

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
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Flag of France  , Languedoc-Roussillon,
Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I had been fascinated by the walled city of Carcassonne since getting my first castle book (yes, this is Laura). It certainly has to be one of the most famous walled cities in the world and its architecture is quite extraordinary, despite the fact that a lot of it was restored in the 1800s. I was prepared to be disappointed though, unsure if it could live up to my expectations.

There is a motorhome aire just outside the city walls and this was where we parked up on a very windy, rainy night, hoping to explore the city the next morning in better weather. Unfortunately the weather didn't improve and so we explored the historic sights in pretty awful drizzle, a little annoyed that you had to pay to not only go in the chateau but to walk the ramparts! The only good thing about the weather was the lack of other tourists in what was normally a very very busy tourist attraction.


My verdict? I'm very glad we went and the architecture is certainly incredibly impressive and quite awe-inspiring in places. But for atmosphere, Obidos and Marvao win hands down.


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