I have for as long as I remember wanted to visit Carcassonne in the South West of France. Around two months ago on the spur of the moment I booked a week in a gite starting on the 14th of July as most will be aware the day is Bastille day and the medieval cite holds what is possibly the largest firework displays in Europe with a reported attendance of over 700,000 visiting the cite and surrounding areas to watch the display. Having now saw this I can only say it is one of the most amazing spectacles I have seen in my life getting on for 40 minutes of a display that at times takes your breath away.
The rest of the holiday was spent exploring the South West corner of France from beaches to mountains there is something for everyone, amazing markets such as the one at Mirepoix, stunning coast line from Narbonne along to Perpignan that then goes into the stunning Pyrenees mountains. The are is known for its wine and I must confess to sampling one or two local wines. Overall my food experience was a disappointment, poor charcuterie, average cassoulet. Great bread and croissants and the best chicken I have had in many years from what basically a barn on a farm selling local nectarines so juicy and fresh, apricot tarts all from a shed.
The gallery is a work in progress I have more images to edit and upload having taking over 600 pictures, thankfully the days of digital is far easier than film.
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