Carcassonne and Canal du Midi

Carcassonne is one the most famous tourist destinations in France with its Cité, and when I said I was going to the south of France, several persons recommended me to go to Carcassonne. As it was on my route from Arles to the Basque lands, it seemed natural to stop by and tick it off the list.

Carcassonne consists of two parts: Ville Basse on the west bank of the river Aude, which is the modern centre of the town, and Cité, the medieval fortress on the hilltop on the other side of Aude. Ville Basse is also old: it stems from the 13th century, when the people living in the Cité were not permitted to stay there. During the centuries that followed, the Cité decayed more and more, but when the government wanted to raze it to the ground in the middle of the 19th century, this sparked reactions. Instead, the Cité was duefully restored under the leadership of Viollet-le-Duc. It was not only a restoration - he added a few things extra to make it a little too perfect. Nevertheless, it's the Cité that draws people to Carcassonne from near and afar.

Carcassonne is on the Canal du Midi which invites to lazy excursions - and personally I found that a better experience than the Cité.

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1. Place Carnot
 

2. Ville Basse Street Scene
 

3. Porte des Jacobins
 

4. Church
 

5. Square Gambetta
 

6. Cité across the Aude
 

7. Old House
 

8. Right Outside
 

9. Cité Street Scene
 

10. Cité Square
 

11. A Quiet Space
 

12. Château Comtal
 

13. View over Ville Basse
 

14. Dog in the Backyard
 

15. Yard with Sculptures
 

16. View over the Cité
 

17. Castle View
 

18. Another Cité View
 

19. Cité House
 

20. The Fields
 

21. Cité from a Distance
 

22. Out on the Country
 

23. Flowers
 

24. Porte Narbonnaise
 

25. Pont Neuf
 

26. Direct Light
 

27. Canal du Midi, part 1
 

28. Canal du Midi II
 

29. Mirrored Trees
 

30. Mountain View
 

31. Funny House
 

32. Trompe d'œil
 

33. Aude Rapids
 

34. Another Funny House
 

35. Canal du Midi, part 2
 

36. Canal du Midi V
 

37. Canal du Midi VI
 

38. Canal du Midi VII
 

39. Canal du Midi VIII
 

40. Canal du Midi IX
 

41. Lock Gate I
 

42. Lock Gate II
 

43. Canal du Midi XII
 

44. Canal du Midi XIII
 

45. Canal du Midi XIV
 

46. House in Orange
 

47. Cité Slight Return
 

48. Aude

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