The sunshine finally made a proper appearance over Carcassonne for our last day! Actually, it was a bit over-enthusiastic for my English/Irish genes and I got awful sunburn (#ownyourtone, kids), but it meant I got to wear the off-the-shoulder top and GAP denim culottes (similar) I’d been saving for this trip! When I first tried this outfit on, as I was packing my case in rainy old London, I was worried it was too flare-y – but actually I love it, maybe it just goes better with the sun :)
Despite it being a Monday, our last day seemed to be when Carcasonne’s crowds reached their peak. Coach-loads of tourists arrived for day trips so, as we were confident we’d explored every nook and cranny of the the fortified medieval town, we went slightly off-the-beaten-track and wandered around the Cemetière de la Cité followed by the little new town and then the countryside surrounding la Cité.
For breakfast we pit-stopped on a wall to snack on the last of the croissants we’d picked up at the Place Carnot market, then washed them down with a couple of beers at a bar overlooking the castle. Then a couple of glasses of Crémant de Limoux at another bar. Before a three-course lunch at La Table d’Alais. Our last day was one of indulgence, but we walked pretty far so let’s agree that it’s ok.
That’s it from me and Carcassonne! I hope I’ve given you a taste of what a great little place it is to visit, and worth much more time than a day trip. If you have any questions or are looking for more info, leave a comment or tweet me and I’ll see what I can do! :)
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