Our time in the 11th Century- Carcassonne, France

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Off to Carcassonne!
It was time to leave our short 3 night stay in Paris, for the Medieval town of Carcassonne. If you have watched Robin Hood Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner, then you have seen Carcassonne, as it was filmed there. We had before hand, as I am coachable, and Corinne told me to.
The kids were OK with leaving Paris, as they were not used to the hustle and bustle of a big city, and all the walking (sometimes in a jet lagged comatose state) we did. It was also noisy- something they are also not used to living in a small Canadian city.
Our final tally of sights seen were:
The Eiffel Tower, L’Arc de Triumphe, walked the Champs Elysée, we saw the girl known as Mona Lisa at the Louvre (from a distance because of the crazy crowd around this famous girl. I actually felt sorry for the rest of the paintings in the room- did the people even know they were there???),  Notre Dame, The Bastille Monument, The Palace of Versailles, and it gardens, as well as The Trianon (total time spent there was 11am- 7:20 pm).  In addition we ate at many places, and rode many metros. It was a whirlwind tour for sure.
So off we went to the metro with our bags in tow- up stairs, down stairs, down a corridor, up more stairs, down more stairs, down another corridor, and then yes more stairs… Was I glad that we packed light, and YES it was admitted by others as well how smart I was too- can you believe it???
The train took us to Montpellier, then we had to figure out which train was the right one to get onto for Carcassonne as they were not marked. We were misdirected a bit and got on the wrong car, but thank goodness the right train. We only had to maneuver our suitcases through 10 cars while it was moving. Je m’excuse to all those that we stumbled into as the car took a bump and turn.
We arrived in Carcassonne, the start of our Corrine built itinerary (my good and long time friend who is my go to girl for all things France.)  in the afternoon
sun, and as soon as the bus took a turn around the corner by the river, we could see the Old Medieval Cite on the hill. What a spectacular scene it was; just like the movie.
We stayed at Auberge Jeunesse,  a youth hostel- a first time experience for the kids and Kim. It is a hostel that also caters to families. We had a room with 3 sets of bunk beds, and luckily our own shower too. No private toilet, but one was just down the hallway.
Our only complaint was that there was no a.c. and the days reached over 35 Celsius, so we laid in our beds still so as not to make any more body heat. And the sheets- at least that is what they called them. LOL. They were disposable…Need I say more.  Sorry this girl is used to 400  thread counts bed sheets…
It was a Great experience for us all in the end. The other people staying there were very nice, and quick to start up a conversation with you, which is part of the fun of travelling. No travel snobs on site.
2 nights in Carcassonne and we were off to the airport to rent a car to drive in France; yes I was nervous. And can you believe that LMFAO was playing in the castle the night we left? And I had missed Madonna the night before in Paris. I sure hope my kids know the sacrifices I make for them…. LOL

Part 2 of Corinne’s itinerary is Provence, where we will be staying for 4 nights in L’Isle Sur la Sorgue in an air conditioned room at Hotel Les Nevons. Yeah, considering we stopped at Pont du Gard on the way to see an original aquaduct from the Roman era and the thermostat said 39 celcius!

The next post will tell you all about our Provence travels, starting with why you don’t want to lock your keys to your rental car in the rental car. It costs E145!!!!! Poor Noah felt so bad!

Love to you all as we travel this small world of ours as a crazy family of 5!

Trina, Kim, Jordan, Kalyna and Noah
xoxoxo

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Yummy candy and goody store

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Lobby of the hostel

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Auberge Jeunesse courtyard

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Noah the wrecking ball with his peeps...

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outdoor ampitheater where band play like Alice Cooper, LMFAO, Alan Parsons Project

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Food at the hostel

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Our room

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Model of the old Cite that we stayed in

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Traditional dish

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Calamare- YUM

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Climbing the walls

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11 thoughts on “Our time in the 11th Century- Carcassonne, France

  1. Carcassonne – the ultimate walled city! Isn’t it nice in the evenings after the crowds leave?

    • Yes, it was amazing!
      I was SOOOO glad that the crowds died down. We arrived at the busiest time of day, and it was difficult to negotiate the crowds with our suitcases through the windy cobblestone streets. I have been spoiled in my European travels thus far, by travelling only in the low season. This has been a shock to me. BUT well worth it, of course.

  2. Hey there! What a great trip you are having. All the excitement of independent travel (keys locked in rental car; is this the right train? LOL :). Are the kids using their french? Can the French understand their ‘Canadian’ accents? It sounds warm over there, enjoy the AC in the hotel. Love – Grandma G

    • The French have been very impressed with the kids french actually. They are surprised at how much they know and how well they communicate. We have had many conversations with many french people about that. I am one proud Mama!

  3. me again …but every time I read your blog, I notice something new and enjoy it again … your description of travelling through the train to get to the right car … your kids on the wall … the photo of the candy store.

  4. HI guys! What a blast you are having – wish I was there 🙂 The ‘travel bumps’ only make it more memorable. You are creating stories to be shared for decades. Trina, you have done a MOST EXCELLENT job planning and executing this adventure for the family. The kids will be talking about this to their kids, “When we were your age, your grandparents took us to France and Italy….”

    Keep blogging – Love, Grandma G

    • Funny you say that because I told the kids that the other day about the coins they are collecting in each town. I told them that their kids will be playing with them and they will tell them their adventures about how they got them all.

      Sent from Trina’s Android

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