A Surprise

On arrival in Carcassonne you will remember that I was impressed with the view from my hotel room.  I was even more impressed when I took a stroll after dinner on the evening I arrived.  The sight as the city presented itself was spectacular and on entering into the city the narrow streets were buzzing with life.

Lices at Night

The Eastern Gate

20 Comments CherryPie on Jun 20th 2012

20 Responses to “My First Steps into the Walled City”

  1. jane says:

    Very nice night shots, looks like you had some clear weather and a good visit.

  2. liz says:

    Looks like a beautiful place to visit.

  3. Just incredibly beautiful photos of a wonderful landmark.

  4. james higham says:

    Hang on – in your narrative, you’ve just left there, haven’t you?

    • CherryPie says:

      Yes James and now I am expanding on what I saw there. Always visual and sometimes with a bit of history or some other detail added.

  5. Andrew says:

    I enjoyed the trip, thanks. A big quick thunderstorm in the evening often adds to the fun and drama (as I found in Salzburg some time ago).

    • CherryPie says:

      I do like those sudden brief storms. I know not to go out in them if at all possible and that they have a habit of easing off, just a little tease before it does the second half of the downfall.

      I should have followed my instincts and done my own thing and ignored the stepping out into the night. I wouldn’t have got drenched ;-)

  6. Claude says:

    What an interesting trip! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Ginnie says:

    Clearly a photographer’s heaven, Cherry. You’ve really whetted my appetite for this city.

  8. Stunning night shots, C!
    Did you use a tripod?

  9. Ayush says:

    nice series. liked the warm tones of the light and the deserted look

  10. J_on_tour says:

    Very nice images indeed. It’s always great to get the opportunity for night photography that gives another dimension to the location, something that enthused me when I first started photography as a teenager. I’m always in a dilemma on whether I can be bothered to take a tripod on limited luggage trips, usually I have to rely on ISO settings instead. It’s nice to see that the lights went on when there was still some natural light left. (I have a story about that another time at Conwy castle !)

    • CherryPie says:

      I didn’t take my tripod with me because I didn’t want to clutter up my luggage with it. So all the photos are hand held, I did better than I thought with holding my zoom lens still when zooming up close. I think it might be because it makes the camera heavier and therefore less likely for me to wobble it causing blur.