Castle Adventure in Carcassonne

Carcassonne feature

Walking over the medieval foot bridge to the fortified city of Carcassonne there was a man playing the recorder with a medieval tune and the scene was set for the hike up to the castle of Carcassonne.

The old city and castle was said to be impenetrable and the steep hike up on wide cobblestone paths is definitely a workout!  All of us were expecting to walk up and see the castle and not much else and hike down.  We couldn’t have been more wrong!  The entire walled city is filled with restaurants and shops.  It was like walking through an entire Disney village, except the recreation of the once-in-ruin city is much more realistic.

carcassonne

Without a doubt this is a tourist destination.  Every boy under the age of 10 had play swords and shields and were playing up and down every street.  There were a few points where there were so many tourists we were wall to wall with people, but other than that it was great.

We did go through the tour of the castle, which was our first real castle experience!  The views of the city from inside the castle were amazing!

medieval fortress

castle enterance

I got  also got this shot in the church and I just love all the colors…

catholic lights

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