Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Carcassonne - Beyond the Castle



Aside from its impressively intact defences, one of Carcassonne's best known features is its ancient bridge across the Aude, the Pont Vieux (literally 'old bridge').

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

At one end of the Pont Vieux, a tiny chapel overlooks the water, with beautiful stained glass windows that are particularly striking on a sunny day.

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

The city itself is divided into two parts; the medieval city at the top of the hill is filled mostly with hotels, restaurants, and souvenir shops these days, while the more recent centre ville with its supermarkets and train station is at the bottom.

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

A few minutes out of town, the surrounding countryside is mostly vineyards, which give rise to the region's wines. When we visited, the grapes were heavy on the vines, and we enjoyed them in fruit salads (as well as in wine, obviously).

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne

Carcassonne


8 comments:

Rachel said...

Frescos on the walls, too - what a lovely place!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes said...

Such beautiful photos! Makes me want to be there right now!

christine said...

wow, stunning - and such blue skies:) xx

Gloria Baker said...

what lovely place and beauty shots!

Midnight Cowgirl said...

So lovely!

Julia | JuliasAlbum.com said...

What a stunning architecture: love the bridges and the chapel especially against such blue sky. And those stained glass windows are gorgeous!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I went to Carcassonne any yeras ago - thanks for the memories.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oops - many years ago!

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