Carcassonne – The Indescribable Beauty
I am now fed up of describing Europe’s most beautiful places – for an Indian like me, they are just like “not real” – I envy them! Still I can’t help describing their beauty – their open blue skies, soft (and hard too) blue mountains, rolling pastures, incredibly colored wildflowers swaying on lush green grass, fat healthy cows grazing, the chocolates, crystal clear waters flowing everywhere – no…. I just envy Europeans! They live in such beautiful places! Just recently, there has been a new addition to my envy – a heaven-like place in France – called Carcassonne. My God, it’s so beautiful! Just like the picture-perfect place that I always dream about. And you just can’t imagine the beauty of the spot where my Carcassonne accommodation was – the Posada del Castillo B&B – a paradise hidden in the heavenly La Barbacane, I could visit the awesome city as well as the Bastide Saint Louis almost daily on foot. I just love living in the middle ages (I wish I could have born in that era) and this place fulfilled that dream with those historical ramparts, the Chapel of Saint Gimer, and all that charm; but I love the modern facilities too of course, as I don’t like to go through physical troubles, lol! So, all those facilities at Posada were jut to my liking – the nice swimming pool and the yummy food too!
What I fell in love with in Carcassonne is the Cite de Carcassonne – a huge and fairytale-like fortress two and a half thousand years old – its superb fortification is more than 3 km long with 52 awesome towers! The beautiful fort was the shooting site of a part of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
And of course, the town center – the ville basse – where I used to frequent is just adorable, with its cozy atmosphere of cafés, hotels and the amazing old buildings reminding of the medieval times.
I am surprised to learn that this region of France is somewhat neglected. Maybe, that’s why it is maintaining its incredible beauty still. There are tiny villages like Minerve here.
Another lovable feature is the red and white roads. I took a bus tour which I don’t know, whether it calmed my eyes or made me even greedier for beauty and more beauty! The sight was so rewarding.
A fantastic Medieval combat display is held twice a day between the two city walls. And I consider myself fortunate to get a chance to watch it. It is extremely captivating.
Torture Museum is another mentionable sight which is full of the torture instruments belonging to the medieval era. Don’t know, whether it was fearsome or not. If you don’t want to miss anything in Carcassonne, you can visit it.
The barge trip along Canal du Midi was an unforgettable experience. I just can’t describe how relaxed I felt in that peaceful trip and was feeling that it should never end.
But I still regret for missing the Festival de Carcassonne. I had heard and read that the firework show is the second biggest in France. But unlucky me – I had gone there in May, and it is held in July and August – I just missed it by two months! But I will certainly try to go next time in July.
And you too, if you want to visit the beautiful Europe and plan to visit Carcassonne, plan a trip in July, so that you can enjoy the beauty of this paradise-like town to the fullest.