Exploring the Citadel City of Carcassonne, France

Deep in the rural sprawl of Southern France lies a place like no other; the fortified city of Carcassonne. It’s actually a tale of two cities. The first dates back to the Middle Ages and is filled with typically French cafés, restaurants, and bakeries lining its charmingly atmospheric streets. The second is a towering, majestic citadel which looms large over…

Visiting the Languedoc: Carcassonne

While recently staying on holidays in Villenouvelle, we were so close to Carcassonne that it would have been a pity not visiting it. Not only the history of the city goes as far back as the 6th century BC, which is impressive in itself, but the entire area is really beautiful (we could even spot…

France’s Cathar Country

The Aude , a “department” or district in the Languedoc region is Cathar Country, whose most notable towns are Narbonne and Carcassonne. Cathar was a Christian sect that flourished in western Europe during the 12th and 13th centuries. It was considered heretical and was roundly condemned by the Roman Catholic Church. Carcassonne is one of the…