Monday, March 12, 2012

France: Carcassonnes!

Given a day in France, All you want to do is see the Paris. Given 2 weeks, You get to do a whole much more! 

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As it was part of the program, We had the chance to visit Carcassonnes which is a historical castle & fort. It is dated back to the 5th century and it is a UNESCO world heritage site. As you can bet, the architecture is phenomenon! and well it is a really beautiful place in terms of art & history.


History says, Madame Carcas trolled the enemies (led by Charlemagne) who were attacking the fort by feeding a pig with lots of wheat in full view of the invading army to make it seem that life is still prosperous in the city even though there is a war going on which led to Charlemagne retreating from the siege.

So well, She was known as the genius who saved the fort & basically it was named after her. So lets head to the pictures of the fort!

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a sculpture of Madame Carcas

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Exterior walls of the fort

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The inner fort

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More views from the walls

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Shops within the fort

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Beauty ain't it?













As we were in the fort, We were able to check out one of the churches within the fort, and it was simply beautiful! Yeah I have a thing for churches, Its architecture, the windows, the pipe organs, ah bliss!

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the church

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The sanctuary

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The pulpit

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The pipe organ

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We headed over for lunch at a local restaurant, which served good food priced from 10 Euros - 30 Euros. amongst the food is local French dishes, and also of course, the goodness of Foie Gras

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Didn't get the name of the restaurant, but in front of it theres a sign which says "Restaurant, Brasserie, Creperie, Snack"

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Salad with Foie Gras

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Foie Gras

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Salad with a thin slice of beef

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Cassoulet, Round 2 and I finished it! =D after the terrible defeat at le bon vivre

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Carcassonnes Chicken

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Beef Steak

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Poached Apple

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Crepe with Chocolate



All in all, I would say its a good restaurant to go to and worth the money you pay, So if you're there, Just go ahead and give it a try!
















Last but not least, We visited the Castle within the fort. Which was free for students below the age 25 to enter. You'll just wonder how do they build this magnificent buildings in the past where even with technology now, its fairly impossible to recreate this structures

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the castle

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A group pic at the castle

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The guys huddling together as the winds were tremendous!











and last but not least: the group picture outside Carcassonnes fort!

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Group B yo!


Will be updating soon on more stuff from France! Stay tuned!

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