Thursday, 30 May 2013

A weekend of history at Carcassonne

If you do not have enough time to take real vacations, or maybe not the means, it is an opportunity to simply go on a weekend. which does not mean that you need to bother you! A perfect destination is Carcassonne, with its more than appealing weather (especially with the extremely unfortunate time we had this winter, a little sun would not hurt) and its concentration of possible historical tours. From the medieval city, the Castle, until the various museums or even the Basilica, each history buff can be found in this southwestern city for a little corner of paradise, where just to stay in one of the hotels in Carcassonne, this catarrh, as base for recover you from your excursions in time and space.

It is in Carcassonne that intersect two existing communication channels since antiquity, from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean, and the Massif Central to the Spain. The city consists of two distinct parts; the city, which is a plateau on the right bank of the Aude, with the St Louis Bastide which extends on the left bank, and the old quarter of la Trivalle with its famous old bridge.

The city of Carcassonne is first and foremost a medieval city fortified and built on a rocky spur already occupied by humans in the 6th century in the form of a Gallic habitat. I.e., if it has the bottle!
On the West side, we find the very interesting Castle of the Viscounts of Carcassonne, the of Trencavel.
But there are many more things to see in this medieval city, such as the St Nazaire Basilica, already partly standing in 925, the door narbonensis, the gate of dawn, or even the Théâtre de la Cité, heart of its famous festival.

On the opposite bank (for the stunned, spoken of the right bank!) stands the Bastide St Louis, jewel of the current town, and bounded by the boulevards landscaped in the 18th and 19th centuries on the site of the former fortified ditches. The various measures of defenses of the city over time led to the construction of 4-door to the four cardinal points. This "bastide" presents a regular checkerboard plan centered on the Carnot square with its famous fountain of Neptune (1770), instead of the Carcassonne market on Saturday morning.

Without going far away from the city itself, greenery and/or kilometres walk, lovers can certainly find their account. You will discover the Canal du Midi as you walk along its banks on foot or by bike, or even on a boat rental. Or, you can browse, on foot, by bike or, why not, on horseback, in part and or in full (or even downright make a round trip if you don't really know what to do with your legs) trail Peiras e vinhas leading you hills of the city, to the Abbey of St Hilaire, journeying part and of the Valley of the Lauquet.
In all cases, you will have the leisure to discover and appreciate a fauna and flora of exception.

If it should be only one reason to love the France, it would be for his ability to have a unique gastronomy in its kind in what region is important to me, and Carcassonne does not escape this rule. At the crossroads of the culinary influences of the Mediterranean with its fish, shellfish and crustaceans, the Massif Central (cured meats, game, trout) and opulent Gascony with its famous foie gras and confits, Carcassonne offers the pleasant opportunity to hand you your tribulations in nature or historical tours. Imagine that there is even in this city, in the heart of the triangle Toulouse-Montpellier-Barcelona, a universal Academy of the Cassoulet!

About the author: Student, Master of medieval history, Jean-Baptiste Drouot found its base of dream in Carcassonne. Student during the year academic and tourist guide in the summer, it fully utilizes his passion in sharing.

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