La Bella Durmiente

As promised, we spent our last few days in France catching up on sleep and exploring the old towns of Carcassonne and Perpignan.

Embodying a fairytale collection of drawbridges, witches hats turrets and cobblestone streets, Carcassonne was reputedly the inspiration for Walt Disney’s The Sleeping Beauty.

We spent a couple of hours exploring the area between the double walls of the city (known as lices or ‘lists’) before heading down the hill to Pont Vieux and the banks of the Aude.

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We watched the sun set in the evening and were blown away by breathtaking views of the dramatically illuminated medieval city.

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The weather in Perpignan went out in sympathy with our families back home and we awoke to the sound of rain. We spent a quiet morning inside before venturing out in our wet weather gear to visit the local tourist office, window shop at Galleries Lafayette and get lost in the old town.

For dinner we started preparing for Spain and shared a couple of tapas plates, beer and wine. It was a perfect farewell to our magical time in France.

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