Archive for the tag 'Walled City'

One of the books I am currently reading is ‘The Perfect Heresy: The Life and Death of the Cathars‘ by Stephen O’Shea.  At the beginning of the chapter on Carcassonne there is a perfect description of what I saw and how I felt when I caught my first fleeting glimpse of Carcassonne as I traveled from Toulouse [...]

8 Comments CherryPie on Feb 7th 2013

Before the homeward journey…

14 Comments CherryPie on Sep 5th 2012

4 Comments CherryPie on Sep 5th 2012

This is the view of the walled city of Carcassonne from just outside the hotel that had been our first choice. I think you will agree that the second hotel choice had a much better view.

4 Comments CherryPie on Aug 26th 2012

…From the walled citadel to La Bastide.

The town just outside the walled city of Carcassonne is situated next to the river Aude.  The original (lower) town was destroyed during the persecution of the Cathars.
These photos are taken just outside the walled citadel, they show the difference in architecture.

4 Comments CherryPie on Aug 21st 2012

Legend has it that Princess Carcas, wife of the Saracen, Balaak, seeing Chalamagne lift the siege of her town, ordered the bells to be rung.
From Wiki:

History says that Charlemagne’s army was at the gates of the city facing the Saracens. A princess was at the head of the Knights of the City after the [...]

18 Comments CherryPie on Jul 17th 2012