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12/07  Geneva -> Carcassonne
15/07  Carcassonne -> Paris   
18/07  Paris -> Caen              

We had our trip to Carcassonne planned to coincide with the Bastille Day (Fete Nationale) on the 14th July and so booked our hotel a long time in advance.  After staying in youth hostels for three weeks it was such a change to be in a luxurious hotel inside the cite of Carcassonne: ensuite, air conditioning with remote control, breakfast brought to us in bed :D.  On the 13th July we had a tour of the castle and then watched the jousting tournament show that runs during the summer months.

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Carcassonne is a medieval citadel in the South of France.  (Here can be found some more detailed info: http://perso.wanadoo.fr/bbcp/english/)  It is so very pretty and the weather was glorious!  I felt so special actually staying inside the city walls.

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The jousting tournament show was lots of fun, although more of a jazzy show than a truthful re-enactment.  I got right into the booing and hissing and cheering!

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Shame about the bloke in front's head..
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This is the hand-to-hand battle.  It was impossible to try and get pictures of the actual jousting.

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This is me on the tour of the battlements

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A lovely owl that was being displayed in the grounds - very medieval eh?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bastille Day.  Carcassonne celebrates - and it's amazing!

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The cite is "set on fire" as a memorial to the storming of the Bastille and to the sieges that went on in medieval times. 

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Back to tranquility the next day...