The long walk from the train station to the medieval walled city culminated in a steep climb. If we’d really anticipated the steepness, the heat, and the rough gravelly surface we’d have taken a taxi.
With two weeks left before we catch a flight from Paris to visit family and friends in the US, we left Barcelona to make a pass through Southwestern France. Our first stop was the spectacular medieval fortress town of Carcassonne. I’ve wanted to see Carcassonne since hearing my parents rave about it years ago.
This was just a two-night stay, and we spent a great deal of our time here doing some necessary travel planning. But we were also pretty immersed in the medieval ‘feel’ of the place since we stayed in a gorgeous hotel inside the walls of the hilltop fortress known as La Cité. Not only was the hotel itself fantastic, but they upgraded us to one of their best suites. With beautiful views of the castle and the ramparts of Carcassonne, our elegant living room made an ideal place to do our work and soak up the atmosphere. Next stop: Bordeaux.
The view from our living room
Rose window in the medieval Basilique Saint-Nazaire, just steps from our front door