Honfleur and Rouen in Normandy are both places we’d managed to miss on previous visits to France so we were keen to visit them.
For our last trip of the summer we went back to France for a few days in Normandy. Our base was the small town of Lisieux. Continue reading
An afternoon out from Carcassonne can take you to several towns of the Languedoc. Collioure, a Mediterranean fishing village near the Spanish border is, I think, the prettiest. It was Spanish until the mid 17th century and it still has a very Catalan feel to it.
There are several great towns not far from Carcassonne. The advantage of Avignon is you pass the Pont Du Gard on the way
The most obvious trip to take after you’ve been round Carcassonne at least twice is a boat ride on the Canal Du Midi.
It probably wasn’t the best idea to spend a week in Carcassonne with a broken arm especially in a heatwave. The travel insurance would have paid up but sitting at home unable to do most things, try washing up or ironing with one hand, was driving me crazy so we went anyway.
You are supposed to visit Giverny in the spring- the wisteria and waterlilies are at their best then. But given the chance to visit in July I jumped at it.
Claude Monet settled there in 1883 with his wife and eight children and lived there until his death in 1926.