Sunday, April 5, 2015

Carcassonne, France: A New Old Town

Carcassonne is a fortified city, centuries old, restored in the 19th century to look, from a distance, like something from a fairy tale.  But once inside the walls it is mostly souvenir shops and cheap cafes.  We went up the hill in the early morning to beat the tour bus crowds and take pictures in the flattering light, venturing inside only to look at the cathedral and the panoramic views.  Those fortified walls keep the tackiness and tourists confined, but walk around the outside and you can almost put yourself back in time.

Here are a few of our favorite images...

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Joe Blommer said...

I'm enjoying the vicarious experience of your trip. Reminds me of my trip so long ago. I remember Carcassonne catering to tourists, but I thought it was quaint. Things must have changed in 35 years!

Anita Herrmann said...

I was in Carcasonne in1984, a long time ago. I remember being impressed. Cool that you are there now. Also remember Avignon and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. Liked that a lot but was off season. Pedal strong. We love reading about your progress!!!!
Anita and Peter

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