We visited some famous places- ie. Carcassonne, a fortified french town that's the second most popular tourist destination in France (after the Eiffel tower).
Happily it's off season so although we didn't have it to ourselves it was a much diminished crowd and we could really enjoy this masterpiece that dates back to some Celts in 600bc. With ramparts and drawbridges and two outer walls to guard the city, we had much to point our cameras at. We learned a smidgen of the intense history of Romans and Visigoths and Cathars. We read of sieges and surrenders, the inquisition tower(!), and disrepair and eventual restorations.
Then the real wandering began...
|we followed the Orb river for the better part of a day|
|those are olive trees in that vineyard!|
|signs of spring everywhere!|
|you can't quite see the crazy kayakers up there|
|I just cannot stop the vineyard photos, I love them all.|
|starting the day out right|
|And onto Bouziques for oysters!!|