Friday, 26 February 2010
Written 24th february
So we have a book and map of france showing all the free aires de service where camping-cars are welcome, a series of circled suggestions in our atlas - some from Bill, some from Tom & Katy and some to do before we die - and finding wifi is as easy as finding Mc Donalds (ie pretty easy!). France is, somewhat surprisingly far and away, their largest european market. Maybe the food is better - we don't actually know, the hot chocolate is good and often the wifi reaches the carpark... - but there are always queues both in-store and at the drive-in, consols in some of them so you can order and pay by card and not actually talk to anyond and many more things on the menu so perhaps.
Anyway, we spent our first nuit in Limoux in the company of seven others in the town square carpark and settled in for the night to the backdrop of our chattering, wine-quaffing voisins. At the risk of sounding cliche'd, there was definitely some 'oh la la'ing' at one stage - it is comforting ;)
Next day, sun was shining again as we headed for Carcassonne - yes I know I said we had had enough of walled cities and mazes of typical streets but this is apparently pretty special - and anyway, its french, bound to be different... :)
We followed the parking signs - naturally there is a whole carpark for camping-cars! - but somehow got lost and ended up parked in a free side street on the otherside of the hill. It is only in walking up to the cité gate that you really realise the scale of the place, and once through the walls, you enter the ubiquitous maze of tiny streets. But it was different and indefineably very french :) Deciding against €8.50 each for the actual castle - although it is the only way you can walk on the actual ramparts and my brother says it is very good - we wandered throught town and out the other gate to go round the outer lists - the gap between the two sets of walls. Whilst from here there are no views down inside, you can still see the fabulous vistas of the new town and countryside all the way south across the plains to the snow-capped mountains - hazy in cloud with the sun behind them - no marauding enemy armies could sneak up on this place!
Bon soir tout le monde, dormez bien.
With love for now from Becky, Will and Jules on Friday, February 26, 2010