The walled medieval city of Carcassonne is somewhere we’ve always wanted to go. So, this week we booked ourselves a long weekend there in January.
We thought it would be a great place to celebrate our 25th anniversary. We were toying with the idea of somewhere much further afield – Peru was the front runner – but we realise we don’t have enough holiday left at work.
We have to leave ourselves time to go down to Belvès to check on the renovations on our property there, ready to open our cheese-and-wine bar next spring.
In fact, we’re in Belvès this weekend.
We’ve met the builder, talked over some quotes and started decorating. (More about all that next week.)
For our anniversary trip, we’ve treated ourselves to a stay in the five-star Hôtel de la Cité Carcassonne (pictured). The restaurant has a Michelin-starred restaurant and we’ve reserved a table for the evening of our big day.
We’ve also booked ourselves in for some spa treatments.
January may not seem the ideal time to visit, but as the city is one of France’s top five tourist attractions, we’ll be able to avoid the crowds. More than two million people descend on Carcassonne over the summer.
Like us, they’ll have been inspired by the city’s photogenicity. In pictures, its fortifications give it the air of a fairy-tale castle – in fact, it’s said to have inspired Disney’s Sleeping Beauty.
I’m looking forward to strolling around and taking in its charm first hand, with perhaps the occasional stop for a vin chaud…
What with preparing to launch a business and celebrating a silver anniversary, the coming months hold a lot in store for us. Bring it on!
Photos © Accor Hotels and Office de Tourisme Carcassonne/Jean-Pierre Lavoie