The weather is turning cool, windy and rainy so we’re getting in all our adventuring before it hits.
With shortcut instructions for a route from Pepieux to Carcassonne, we headed out – only to find there was a major detour in the second village along this route. We followed a bus (that was interesting as it filled the whole street – woe on anyone coming the other way) and missed a turnoff. So, we read signs and maps and found our way to our destination – a longer route. Oh well.
Definitely, Carcassonne was worth the trip. Below are pictures which totally don’t do it justice. Interesting thing is I’ve been reading a trilogy by Kate Mosse (Labyrinth, Sepulcher, and now Citadel) set in this part of France. Carcassonne, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, is one of the major settings, so to see it and then read the history in the books gives a much deeper sense of what happened in the middle ages.
It has become a tourist mecca – apparently the second most visited site in France. Minerve is another similar sight which we’ll check out today. There are the usual souvenir shops, food stalls, etc., but some interesting shops there as well. However, to see La Cite from a distance, walk its narrow streets, view the church and main chateau is taking a walk back in time. It always makes me marvel how they built it – it’s been there for eons.
Again, before heading over to the historical Carcassonne (La Cite), parking in the Ville Basse (lower town) which is situated across the river from La Cite, we found a quirky tapas restaurant across from the theatre where we again had a totally amazing seafood salad. A little different than yesterday’s salad. This one had smoked salmon, olives, and walnuts in it. Yum!
Today is Good Friday in France. Stores are still open and life is going on as usual except the kids are home from school. Sunday though will be quiet as usual here. I still remember quiet Sundays when I was growing up – before stores were open seven days a week. It was a day for church, resting and visiting with family.
Hope you enjoy your Easter weekend wherever you are.