France 2014: Road Trip – More of Carcassonne

La cite de Carcassonne at night

La cite de Carcassonne at night

This post features photos taken by my husband, with my Olympus DSLR that he gave me for my birthday a few years ago. Although it takes brilliant photos, I tend to stick with my little Canon, due to its more portable size and ease of use.

A medieval mecca for tourists

A medieval mecca for tourists

Maison du Cassoulet

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Sometimes tourist areas are not the best places to dine, but this was delightful. The goat’s cheese salad seemed to comprise the cheese fried in a crepe triangle atop a lovely green salad, a wonderful starter. Cassoulet is a specialty of the region, with slow-cooked pork, duck and sausage and haricot beans. Think French-style baked beans!

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Carcassonne

Avoiding tourists appearing in our photos is a game we play. As we had arrived in the afternoon, the place was brimming with visitors, but the crowd had died down somewhat after dinner. Then the lights shone on the battlements to create an awe-inspiring atmosphere.

Bright and early the next morning we were back again, but by missing the tourists, we hadn’t thought about delivery trucks and people on their way to work at the many shops in the old city. As you can see, we managed to achieve the goal of the game.

Carcassonne early in the morning

Carcassonne early in the morning

Carcasonne

Carcassonne

And finally, the street that had been bursting with tourists had a greater sense of history in the morning in its stillness.

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France 2014: Road Trip to La Cité de Carcassonne

Our main plan had been to head down to Carcassonne, but we were glad to have seen Sarlat as well.

La cité de Carcassonne (1)

The old walled city of Carcassonne, covering an area of eleven hectares, is reminiscent of Le Mont St Michel up north. Popular amongst tourists, it presents  a challenge to take photos containing only the architecture.

La cité de Carcassonne (4)

La cité de Carcassonne (5)

La cité de Carcassonne (3)

 These photos were taken with a Canon IXUS 135 camera by yours truly.

The subject matter certainly helps take a good shot 🙂

La cité de Carcassonne (2)