Today we visited the fortified city of Carcassonne. What a fairy tale place! Carcassonne, a former 12th and 13th century stronghold of the Occitan Chathars, was later a border citadel between France and Aragon (Spain) but in the 17th century its military significance was lost and the city fell into ruins. In the 19th century it was saved from a decree demanding its destruction and was restored, and in 1997 it was declared a World Heritage Site. Imagine what a loss it would have been had it been destroyed!
Tomorrow we are heading toward Bordeaux, stopping near Castelnaudary because my guy wants to have a well-known regional dish, a cassoulet, for lunch. We have made a reservation at a restaurant that was recommended to us by our hosts here at the Chambre d'hote (B and B) in Carcassonne. Should be fun! I'll let you know!!