Touring the Cathédrale Saint-Étienne
I did go a little wild with the colors on this one but the rainbow on the left is a real lens artifact hah
We ate so many delicious pastries on the trip
Carcassonne is a beautiful and historic city in the south of France, known for its stunning medieval fortifications and charming old town. The city is situated on a hilltop and is surrounded by impressive double walls and 52 towers, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. The old town within the walls is a maze of narrow streets, lined with quaint shops, cafes, and houses for the few full time residents.
We stopped for lunch in the Michelin-starred restaurant La Barbacane and had a wonderful meal.
Time to tour the castle walls!
Would love to see a concert here!
Back in Toulouse the next day we went for a walk around the city and soaked in some of the sights
Couvent des Jacobins
We went on a canal tour expecting it to go one way to a part of the city we hadn’t been to yet, but right after the boat set off we realized it was going the opposite direction. 15 minutes after we thought it’d be done the boat turned around and thankfully returned us to where we started at least. Going south was very peaceful with lots of boats lining the shores.
A short drive away from Toulouse are the Pyrénées mountains with lots of hikes and skiing in the winter. We stopped in the small town of Cazaux and then went for a hike to the Lac d’Oô.
One of our stops was getting produce at the Victor Hugo Market. The vegetables were outside, but inside you could find almost anything you want, so long as it’s meat or cheese.
Halle de la Machine
The Halle de la Machine museum is a mechanical menagerie that houses a variety of massive animatronic creatures. While we were there they had the Minutaur giving rides, the giant spider indoors, and a whole host of smaller machines for making art or music that they were demoing. Steampunk and Matrix fans alike would love it here
This next machine is hooked up to an audio sequencer to control the flames so they fire to the beat and become a rhythm section.
Who doesn’t love the sound of car horns? Especially when played as a musical instrument?