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Sunning it in the South of France

17th August 2016
Carcassonne 2016
Carcassonne 2016
Carcassonne 2016
I warn you this is going to be a pretty long one . . .

It feels like an absolute age ago that B & I got back from the South of France, I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this post ever since, but we were there for 9 days and so the amount of images I had to sort through was more than a little daunting – I guess I was a bit too snap-happy with the camera.

It was this time last year that we visited Carcassonne the first time, and we loved it so much that went back again – plus our friend had a beautiful, old town-house, about 15 minutes from the city in a small village called Montreal – so accommodation was sorted. We didn’t land in France until about 5pm and after waiting a couple of hours to sort out the hire car, we decided to spend the first evening settling in, by gorging ourselves on cheese and drinking the local wine.

Carcassonne 2016

On our first morning I woke up at the crack of dawn to nip down to the patisserie to load up on croissants, bread and mille-feuille, and then back to the house to prepare the garden for breakfast – this was pretty much the start of every day for us, binging on jam, pastries and coconut yoghurts. Then we headed into the city to visit one of our favourite shops from the year before, Trocante. It’s essentially a second hand junk shop, but for us it’s like some kind of treasure trove, both my friend Daniel & I came away with new watches (mine was only €1.50!!!), and the girls bought so much that they had to checkin an extra suitcase on the flight back. We grabbed ourselves some lunch in the town square and then made our way up to the medieval fort at the top of the hill for views out across the city. That evening we also decided to throw a little belated birthday surprise for Polly, her being none the wiser and prepping food in the kitchen, we managed to sneak out the back and decorate the garden with balloons, bunting and candles. It was such a lovely evening with too many Margaritas, too much Prosecco and then rounded off perfectly with a couple of fireworks.

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Carcassonne 2016

Carcassonne 2016

Carcassonne 2016

Carcassonne 2016

Carcassonne 2016

As I’m sure you can imagine, the next day none of us were feeling our finest, so we had a relatively relaxed day at the lake, and so on our fourth day we were all recuperated and ready to explore the areas around Carcassonne. In the morning we drove west towards the coast, and ended up in a small fishing town called Gruissan – again somewhere we had visited the year before, but we knew the mussels were going to be amazing and so hung around for lunch. In the afternoon we drove further down the coast towards the Mediterranean to Port Leucat, the beaches were incredible! We arrived at around 3pm, found ourselves a little shade and some hammocks and then went for a dip in the sea. We ended up staying until about 11pm, we had spent all day lounging in the hammocks and decided to stay for dinner. Not only was the food amazing, but there is always something pretty special about having dinner on the beach, its so relaxing and peaceful.

Carcassonne 2016

Carcassonne 2016

Carcassonne 2016

Carcassonne 2016

Mid-way through the trip we had planned to go and stay with our friend Arnaud, who was staying at his parents place in Arles, whilst he work at the Photography Festival. It was about a two and a half hour drive, but well worth it. The town is amazing, it has a giant amphitheatre at its centre, and we spent the majority of the day walking round, trawling through antique shops and having lunch outside the Van Gogh Cafe. We spent the evening at Arnauds, about 20minutes out of the city, it’s a beautiful place, and the sky was so clear we spent a good hour watching for shooing stars – and actually managed to see a few – and spent the next day chilling by the pool and soaking up the sun.

We rounded off our week with another trip in to Carcassonne’s city centre and a second day by the lake. We had such an amazing time, and are already getting itchy feet for next summer.

What trips has everyone else got planned for the summer?

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Carcassonne 2016

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Carcassonne 2016

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Thanks for reading

A

 

 

 

 

 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Zoel Hernández 17th August 2016 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve been to Carcassone and, although I stayed there only one day, I loved it! I must admit that the south of France is lovely, there are so many amazing places around there. I loved this post and the photos are awesome! Also, this summer I’ve been to Zürich and WOW it is such a relaxing city, even though it is may be a bit posh tbh haha I am also planning next summer, as I’d love to stay in Edinburgh for around two weeks and then go to Brighton for two weeks too, and then come back to Barcelona. It may be a bit difficult to plan it all, but I really want this trip to happen haha xx

    Zoel Hernández | zoelhernandez.wordpress.com

    • Reply Aaron George D 24th August 2016 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you Zoel, the south of France is amazing isn’t it (I’ll probably end up visiting again next year!) I’ve never been to Barcelona, but Edingburgh is amazing, and I definitely couldn’t recommend anywhere more than Brighton I hope all your plans for next year come together

      Thanks for reading Zoel

      A

  • Reply Margo D 19th August 2016 at 4:32 pm

    I do LOVE the south of France, it’s my second home. But, although I really like Carcassone, I’m a bigger fan of the little towns like Maillane (where we stay) because I grew up there every summer for the past 21 years. They have the most epic celebrations in July and I just can’t picture my life without them :) . But my most favorite place is without a doubt Avignon (during July ofcourse) because the festival is just amazing :p second place goes to Tarascon and third to Graveson. God, I could ramble on and on about the south of France….

    PS: I really like your blog :D

    • Reply Margo D 19th August 2016 at 4:33 pm

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    • Reply Aaron George D 24th August 2016 at 5:19 pm

      I’ve never been to any of those places before, and I’m super jealous of you having spent so much time down in the south of France! Thank you Margo

      A

  • Reply Emma E 25th August 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Hi, I have already been to Carcassone twice, and it’s a beautiful place. I love the south of France, maybe because I live there, maybe not. I also love this post, the pictures are so nice. I live near Aix en Provence. Have you ever been there ? If you don’t, Aix is beautiful, you should go and visit this town. This summer, I have been to Barcelona, great city. But I’d love to go to Brighton, and London (I have already been there once). If you want to know some great place in the south of France, I’m here !!!
    And sorry if my english isn’t perfect.
    -E

  • Reply Carole 24th May 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Hi ! I’m from south of France too and I love to read your posts about you visiting a little bit of our country. I went to school to Arles so I immediately recognized it from your photos, happy to read that you loved it ! Emma is right, you should come to Aix-en-Provence ( where I’m studying at the moment), the center is full of history and there are so many beautiful places where you can eat, drink, shop, etc… The Calanques of Cassis would also be a great idea ! Hope to see you coming back to France as soon as possible xx

    Carole

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