Carcassonne: Adam and Liz Exploring la Cité de Carcassonne and Canal du Midi

While visiting with us in Carcassonne, Adam and Liz had the chance to tour the medieval city, la Cité de Carcassonne, a couple of times.  We refer to it as “the castle in our backyard” since it is right up the street from our apartment.

Adam and Liz in front of the medieval city la Cité de Carcassonne
Adam and Liz in front of the medieval city la Cité de Carcassonne
Adam and Liz in front of the Narbonne Gate of the medieval city la Cité de Carcassonne
Adam and Liz in front of the Narbonne Gate of the medieval city la Cité de Carcassonne
Adam and Liz in front of the Aude Gate of the medieval city la Cité de Carcassonne
Adam and Liz in front of the Aude Gate of the medieval city la Cité de Carcassonne

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and dating back 2,500 years, the medieval city of a Cité de Carcassonne has 52 towers and two concentric walls with a total of three kilometer of ramparts.  Within the walls is a 12th century chateau built by the Trencavels, the Vicomtes de Carcassonne and the Basilique Saint-Nazaire-et-Saint-Celse de Carcassonne (the Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse).  Jousting is still performed annually in the baileys of the citadel’s walls.

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We were also able to take a short barge cruise with Adam and Liz down the section of the Canal du Midi that passes through Carcassonne.  The 17th century Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  is described by UNESCO as a “360-km network of navigable waterways linking the Mediterranean and the Atlantic through 328 structures (locks, aqueducts, bridges, tunnels, etc.) is one of the most remarkable feats of civil engineering in modern times. Built between 1667 and 1694, it paved the way for the Industrial Revolution.”  The canal is used primarily today for recreational boating.

Liz and Adam enjoying their Barge cruise on the Canal du Midi
Liz and Adam enjoying their Barge cruise on the Canal du Midi
Tracy and Alan having fun on a barge cruise on the Canal du Midi
Tracy and Alan having fun on a barge cruise on the Canal du Midi

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During our explorations there was always time to relax, talk, enjoy a meal, or have a cold beverage.  Then on to exploring more of Carcassonne and France.

Adam, Tracy, Kiara, Alan, and Liz take a wine, beer, and champagne break in Place Carnot in the Bastide of Carcassonne
Adam, Tracy, Kiara, Alan, and Liz take a wine, beer, and champagne break in Place Carnot in the Bastide of Carcassonne
Adam, Liz, and Tracy with the Ferris Wheel set up in Square Gambetta for Festival de Carcassonne.
Adam, Liz, and Tracy with the Ferris Wheel set up in Square Gambetta for Festival de Carcassonne.

 

 

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