Carcassonne: In a Far Away Kingdom
One thing that is sure to draw a number of people to this metal souvenir from France is the way in which it appears to depict a fantastical and old place where knights ride on horseback and the king ruled the land. After all, the architecture depicted serves as much defensive purposes as aesthetically pleasing ones. Themes of nobility and the Renaissance come to mind. However, there is also the notion of power and reconciliation of power.
The borders of the piece are also worth admiring as they set the scene in an intriguing way. It kind of says indirectly, once upon a time. This can also be said about the seal in the upper left hand, which was all too common in the middle Ages.
Carcassonne is not the site for a fictional story starting Once upon a time but the site of domination and fight, which the fact that the city is fortified confirms. Carcassonne dates from the Fifth century, but Roman traces have been found from an earlier date. In fact, the Romans built the first wall surrounding the city. The fortress as we know it today was renovated in the 19th century.
Today, the fortress is the city's main attraction and it is displayed in almost mint condition. It reflects the different rulings of the city and even the Roman wall is partly conserved. One of the fortress best sights is at night when it is lit. It appears on the top of the hill as if were a castle taken from Disneyworld. Carcassonne can be reached by plane, train or car. The local airport receives flights from the most important cities in Europe including Liverpool, Frankfurt and Dublin. The train connects the city to Toulousse, Paris and Marseille among other French destinations. Make this travel souvenir the perfect gift for a romantic friend.