Summer 2020 - Carcassonne!
Sunday 2nd August - Monday 3rd August
Wow! What a stunning location!
Our next stop as we tracked towards the Mediterranean was at UNESCO World Heritage site; Carcassonne! Carcassonne is a hilltop town in southern France's Languedoc area famous for it's medieval citadel; La Cite.
Arriving in the late afternoon, we decided to park up in an aire instead of paying for a campsite with a range of facilities we would not have time to use. There are two aire's in Carcassone, one with and one without services. We picked the one with Services and arrived at a glorious automated aire. As we pulled on to the site we immediately paid €15 in to a barrier machine. The machine issued a ticket with a unique code that we would need to exit and also access 15 mins of water - perfect for topping up the tanks before we left!
That evening we took a stroll down the river and through a park in to the main "new" town. By "new" we mean that this part of the city dates back to the middle ages rather than ancient medieval times! There were plenty of perfect "wand" sticks, so George and Harry zapped and cast spells as they ducked and weaved around trees. The area was also prime hunting ground for Pokemon! In town we found a Moroccan restaurant where George earned the nickname "Kebab Destroyer" (Thanks AutoDub for the name - it really is perfect for him).
The next morning we were up and ready to explore La Cite, and so was the whole of the rest of Southern France. We had planned to explore the inner city streets but the crowds were huge and very few people seemed concerned with masks or social distancing. Instead, we walked around the inner lices discovering numerous watchtowers between the double walled fortifications. The first walls were built in Gallo-Roman times, with major additions being made in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Automated Aire: Aire de camping car Carcassonne
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