A week in Southern France

On the first day of April, after an extra day in Catalonia, we moved on to a little place called Bouilhonnac. Bouilhonnac is a sleepy little town in Aude, France, population 227. It’s an old town with the ruins of a fifteenth century castle, beautiful rolling hills, and not much else. Five minutes away by car is Trèbes, population 5700 where we shopped for groceries, and twenty minutes away is Carcassone, population 48,000, home to the amazing fortress and medieval village known as Cité de Carcassonne.

The best feature of our house in Bouilhonnac was the views it provided of the pastoral French countryside. We were prepared to spend a quiet week strolling and enjoying the peace and quiet of rural France, but unfortunately it was unseasonably cold (with snow showers) and not very pleasant to be outdoors. We mostly hunkered down and did school work, although we did venture out to explore the region. Undoubtedly the highlight was our visit to the Cite de Carcassone. It has a an incredible history and is one of the best preserved medieval fortress towns in all of Europe.

On the fifth of April we decided to leave Bouilhonnac, partly to escape the cold and partly to break up a long distance drive to Italy where we were headed to next. We drove to Cannes but not before enjoying a lovely stop over in Aix en Provence for lunch. Aix has a special place in Courtenay’s heart as she spent a semester studying there while in university.

Cannes was busy but fun. We explored the city, strolled along the boardwalk, and basked in the “chiqueness” of it all. Thankfully the weather perked up and we were able to enjoy our last couple of days in France.

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