17.05.2011 - 17.05.2011 28 °C
Daytime in Carcassonne
Inside La Cite
Decided to take the autoroute from Carcassonne today, given that the GPS seems to prefer that! But it does mean the drive is somewhat less interesting, with no forests to drive through - and also that this blog will be relatively short & the photos few. I did catch my first sight of the Mediterranean Sea on the way, but not for long. The weather is stunning, not a cloud in the sky & very hot here. Drove through some vineyard country and across the Rhone River.
When I arrived in Barbentane I thought I'd take in the sights - all two of them (not entirely fair because it does have its place in history with Celts, Romans, Barbarians & Sarrasins hitting town). I walked up the Montagnette (I guess that means small mountain) to the Anglican tower & the cemetery, and looked at the view across the valley.
Then at 2pm the local 17th century Chateau opened so I took the tour. It's not a large place but has some fabulous antiques - no photos allowed inside & the guide was watching like a hawk.
Found my hotel with some help from the GPS (finally) and it's one of the Logis chain so is quite good comparatively, if somewhat stuck in the '90s. Come dinner time I discovered that all 5 places to eat here were closed so had to drive to Avignon (of "Sur le Pont d'Avignon" fame). I had been looking forward to taking a look at Avignon & what I saw consisted mostly of driving around for an hour, looking for a car park! Will hopefully have time to see it properly during the day - probably on my way to the next place the day after tomorrow.
I'm staying here for 2 nights, and will head to the Camargue tomorrow, all going well. It's famous for its white horses and is a protected area with a huge ornithological park with flamingos.