Day Trip: Carcassonne

by Sarah

I might be making some sort of blogging faux pas here. I didn't actually take this picture, I stole it from Google Images. But my camera doesn't do the chateau justice and this really is exactly what the castle looked like today (except imagine summer, not autumn.)

One of the best bonuses of couch surfing is that your host can take you to places you wouldn’t have otherwise visited.  Today my current host Elisa and I jumped in a car and made a 45 minute journey from Toulouse to Carcassonne, a fortified city off the Canal du Midi.  I have seen many a castle during my time in Europe but this one gets a special nod because there is an entire city inside these walls.  Within the fortress (free entry!) you can eat at a variety of restaurants (or bring your own budget picnic of wine, cheese, bread and veggies), peruse clothing and jewelry shops (or buy something if you have money) and watch an reenactment of a joust (10 euro!  Too expensive. But we watched from a peephole in the town wall).  It’s a full blown city medieval city and I felt very in touch with history.

If you look closely in the bottom right you can see the town joust going on. We didn't pay the 10 euro entry fee so we watched through a convenient peephole in the wooden gate entrance and then from this vantage point up above. And look at the beautiful vineyards beyond!

You can climb on the chateau walls too. I like this picture because it looks like there are chess pawns under my arm (really, they are graves).


About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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