More than a Castle

Carcassonne was more than just a castle and medieval village. It was a very pleasant getaway city and we enjoyed excellent service from our Airbnb host. We stayed in Rue Trivalle in a perfect location with the castle as a back drop. Our hosts, Patrick and Nathalie have the most adorable 4 year old son and every time we knocked on their door for help he would be right there wanting to practise his English. He would start counting in english and I would count in French. When I was in trouble he would help in the most sincere way.  

At dinner we spoke with our waitress, who when asked where she was from told us; unfortunately she had been born and raised in Carcassonne. She was about 19, spoke very good english and assured us she was planning to leave town as soon as possible. However, right now she was stuck there. As parents we smiled and recognized the age old desire for new adventures - the grass is always greener....or so we think.....

The suite was only available for one night but we were lucky our host had a flat near the train station for the second night. We saved at bit by having boxed soup for dinner and spent the savings on a good bottle of wine, baguette and snacks. A lovely evening spent on several FaceTime calls catching up with the kids and Hanne, Jesper and Emma in Denmark. 

The next morning we went through the market in Gambetta Square, picked up some fruit for the trip home and of course made the obligatory stop for a baguette at the boulangerie. 

Our suite was located on Rue Trivalle with restaurants and bakeries within a few steps

Our suite was located on Rue Trivalle with restaurants and bakeries within a few steps

Pont Vieux Bridge 

Pont Vieux Bridge 

A game of chess at Gambetta Square

A game of chess at Gambetta Square

The day after the terrible attacks in Bruxelles

The day after the terrible attacks in Bruxelles

Wall paintings near the castle

Wall paintings near the castle

Market at Gambetta Square

Market at Gambetta Square

Market at Gambetta Square

Market at Gambetta Square

Market at Gambetta Square

Market at Gambetta Square