I made it to La Cité today, and the whole time I was prowling around the old Cathar stronghold, I kept thinking about how much you would love it. Let me rephrase that: how much you will love it.
Once one escapes Carcassonne's city center (which reminds me a little of Kenmore), the approach to the castle leads along some storybook lanes and around to the grand entrance at the far side.
|A romantic view through the trees|
Approaching La Cité
I was starving by the time I breached the gates, so I threaded my way through the maze of medieval shops and cobblestone streets to St. Jean, the restaurant that had been recommended to me, where I had my first cassoulet. I was frightened, because I'm a Person Who Does Not Eat Beans, but I made myself order the cassoulet because it's a regional specialty. And of course it was scrumptious.
|Lunch at St. Jean|
Le Moat (or "The Front Porch")
Another fairytale view
|View from the ramparts|
After lunch I went exploring. I'll end my account here--because my camera died, and to keep you in suspense. Start stashing some Euros!