Understanding France: National Commemorations of 2018

Each year France’s High Committee for National Commemorations selects about 100 anniversaries, multiple of 50 years, that are considered significant in the history of France. Death of Simon de Montfort, anti-Cathar crusader, Count of Toulouse Deep into the era of the Crusades, the papal pleasure of seeing the Catholic kings and knights of Europe kill…

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…