We took a long weekend trip to the South of France, at the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The town we visited and stayed in was at Carcassonne. Its old city is fortified by a medieval fortress, built in the twelfth century. This medieval city, La Cite, is perched on top of a hill with its presence dominating over the lower city. With almost two miles of ramparts, the fortress was built with towers and barbicans to prevent attacks.
As we walked to the medieval city from the lower part of town, the sight of it was breathtaking; it was surreal, as if we were part of a fairy tale The castle stands strong with its stone walls and although worn, it is in pretty good condition for how old it is. Vines and yellow flowers grow on its side walls, and weeds flourish among old ditches and pathways.
Now a tourist hot spot, La Cite has many traditional French restaurants serving peasant foods that were eaten in its medieval times. There are also many shops and a couple of museums. An old church also resides within these walls, flaunting an amazing Romanesque architecture with beautiful designed glass windows.
Unfortunately our time there was cold and breezy, but it did not stop us from exploring its grounds. Walking around there we couldn’t help but take many pictures of the castle and fortress. The experience was unbelievable and a good time spent. We were glad to have visited Carcassonne.