Last week, Jenn and I had a fairy tale escape to Carcassonne, France.
It is an amazing medieval city with two sets of ramparts (walls) enclosing it. While we were there we got to experience some jousting and sword fights in the hot hot sun. I don't know how they could handle wearing all those layers and then put on armor (well I don't think it would be wrong to assume that theirs wasn't that heavy). And the wooden shields were a nice touch too.;)
After seeing the knights in action at the "spectacle medieval" we did some shopping and explored the city. Today they only have 81 residents living there, and the rest of the 45,000 population lives in the Bastide or lower city. But there are plenty of artisan shops and crafts and medieval things to keep you busy, as well as some very good authentic cuisine. Jennifer was brave and tried the Cassoulet Langedouc (surely spelled wrong), but it had a whole lot of meat--pork, sausage, confit (preserved duck leg), and a lot of white beans in sauce. I had a little bit, not bad at all.
At night we walked around the exterior of the city and saw all of the ramparts and the castle lit up by the flood lights. It was very cool, and we just kind of hung out and soaked it all in after our walk around.
Then on Sunday morning, we started our day with a tour of the castle and the ramparts. I can't imagine actually living in a castle with all those walls and towers. (Apparently their is no dungeon there if anyone was wondering).
We wanted to take a tour of the haunted house they had set up there but ran out of time. But for the time we did have to spend in Carcassonne it was very enjoyable.
The next adventure....Bordeaux.