Holding thumbs my downloading goes smoothly with … drum role … .. .. .. .. Carcassonne continued ..
Entrance to the Chateau … a fortress within a fortress, the chateau has a moat, five towers and defensive wooden galleries on the walls ..
Our local tour guide explaining the whole set up but … here is that word again .. unfortunately .. we were too late to enter 😦 the gates were about to close ..
Hubby and I walked in but were told by the gatekeeper to leave … síl vous plais !!
😦 I was looking forward to crossing the stone bridge over the old moat, now planted with veges and wandering around inside the Chateau ..
Ah well, never mind … back to the city .. there are 100 or so residents and several hotels within the city walls ..
I was rather tempted to get this for the two grandsons – a 3D puzzle …
All boys love a good game of sword fighting !!!
There are a couple of wells in the city .. note the little boy playing with his sword 🙂
Au revoir to fairytale land .. we were tired and in need of a good glass of wine for me and beer for hubby back at the hotel ..
It was a gorgeous evening as we gathered to relax in the gardens of the Mercure Porte de la Cité Hotel, the sun still bright and hot ..
Apparently the old olive trees are being cut back leaving the thick old trunks, like this one in the garden, taken out and sold to nurseries – very expensively! Replanted, they then sprout like this one. It’s supposed to be the ‘in thing’ to have in your garden or pots
What’s a blog post about France without food? !! Dinner in the hotel .. my starter that night was a yummy pear and walnut salad with the customary baguette. Cannot recall the meat but I think it was parma ham .. I do recall it being delicious !
Pud (dessert) was a chocolate fondant with berry ice cream …. mm mm mm !!
Sunrise the next morning .. up bright and early on Day 6 ..
I took the opportunity to dash around the gardens while our luggage was being loaded onto the bus ..
Onward towards the Pyrenees to St Bernadette’s grotto at Lourdes, a holy site of pilgrimage then onto Biarritz and the Atlantic Ocean