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La Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne

5 Oct 2014
Hey all,

It's time for another day trip story and some photos, and this one involves lots of Rosé, some raw chicken, castles and a downpour of torrential rain.

The cité de Carcassonne is a lovely little medieval village type place in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, about an hour and 45 minutes from Montpellier. My flatmate and I are still in the process of creating a bucket list for the year, and Carcassonne was top of our list as one of the places to go whilst the weather is still quite beaut. Little did we know that come 4 o'clock and there would be a sudden downpour for about 5 hours and we would be trapped in this village where there was minimal shelter and all the shops had closed! But it's all about the experience, right?

Anyway, here goes:








I kind of try to avoid castles etc when with my parents because they always want to spend hours, and hours, and hours, and hours inside. I personally just love admiring the outside beauty most, and the views that you get from the inside windows.





My adoration for narrow streets filled with quirky little gift shops continues...


But not in this guy who kind of freaked me out, even though he clearly wasn't real! Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an utter wimp when it comes to haunted house kind of things though, so it's no surprise that I didn't like this guy!



After a potter around we decided to give ourselves a rest and grab something to eat. Had we chosen one of the lovely looking places above then I might not have convinced myself that I would get salmonella, or food poisoning, and I might not have ordered quite a lot of Rosé in an attempt to forget about the foreboding illness.

To cut a long story short, we went for quite a mediocre looking but decent value place in one of the squares. Harmless enough, right? Wrong.

Halfway through eating my chicken I felt a funny taste in my mouth, and instantly spat the chicken out, only to find that the middle of my escalope was pink and raw. Now I try to be ultra careful when it comes to cooking chicken, as in I tend to overcook it just to be safe. So this revelation completely freaked me out and for the rest of the meal I was convinced that my upcoming birthday night out would be completely ruined by food poisoning. Little did I know that it would actually be ruined by floods causing the designated bar to be deep in river water, but that's another story...

All in all it was a lovely day and I'm so, so glad that I get the opportunity to visit these kinds of places whilst I'm on my year abroad!
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7 comments on " La Cité Médiévale de Carcassonne"
  1. Eew raw chicken! Gross! Sounds like you had a lovely day though! I am so loving reading about your adventures! I am with you on admiring castles from the outside, I get bored if I spend too much time looking around inside! xx

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  2. I'm so glad you started a blog for your year abroad Immy... I get to catch up with you all along the way!! Glad you had such a cracking birthday and Montpellier seems so damn stunning....

    Please can we skype this week or next?!

    Rowbs xx

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  3. This looks like such a pretty trip, I have always wanted to visit Carcassone, I'm a huge castle fan!

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  4. It's beautiful! Well then it sounds perfect for you :) x

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  5. I'm a busy bee here so I keep on forgetting to post! :( Yes! Let me know when you are around :) x

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  6. It was a nightmare! But all turned out fine thankfully! Thank you :) x

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  7. Oh my word, this is bringing back so many memories! I'm originally from France although now living in England and I remember going to Carcassonne so many times as a child. It's exactly like I remember it! <3

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