Ancient Cities and the Mediterrannean Sea

Trip Start Jun 14, 2009
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Trip End Jul 14, 2009


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Flag of France  , Languedoc-Roussillon,
Monday, June 22, 2009

Carcassonne
An intact medieval city. There is an outer wall to keep out attackers along with ramparts to patrol the area, an inner village for the traders, then the inner castle and church.  The inner village shops are now restaurants and shops to buy souvenirs from.  We liked seeing how life was in the time of kings and queens and serfs, but didn’t like to be around so many tourists like ourselves. The walk along the ramparts was very fun except for the strong winds that practically blew us off them. This was a hot part of France with temps hitting 30c. This area is known for it’s winds “the Mistral’s” and the area used to be filled old farm windmills and now has hundreds of the wind turbines.

Next we headed to the Mediterranean Sea. We stayed near the coastal town Sete. We went to the boardwalk, smelled and felt the saltwater air, and found a great place for dinner. We had a very nice and inexpensive dinner right along the ocean, which was our father’s day gift to Steve.  Sandy and I had a plat du jour, which we have seen many times, but have not ordered, along with another good, cheap local wine. It is like the “specials” menu of the day, but you get your choice from the entrée (the appetizers in France), La Primeur (the main course), vegetable, cheese and dessert. The girls had pizzas, which are quite large. It was at a hopping place that had group service and they were non-stop. One of the house specialties was Oeuf a la Neige which we had never had or seen on a menu before. It was light a rich and eggy and the girls had more ice cream. We also noticed the locals were much more Mediterranean looking.

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jerade
jerade on

Sete
Sounds like a great way to spend Father's Day! Overlooking the Mediterranean-such memories you will have.
Wondering how you liked the dessert.
once again lots of love - thanks for doing these blogs - really appreciated.
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linrach
linrach on

Bonjour!
We miss all the good food too! Now that we're back home, we're buying croissants and chocolate and making our own 'pain au chocolat' for breakfast. :-) Miss all the good glace too! Great descriptions you're writing - fun to read. Enjoy every minute!
Love, Linda and Rachel

sasaharty
sasaharty on

Re: Bonjour!
Now that we're up north the breakfasts have changed and we're missing the chocolate too, up here it's in the milk which is rich and yummy too. Glad to hear you're making your own pan au chocolat's.

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