The Medieval Enchantment of Carcassonne
Carcassonne is one of the most alluring medieval tourist spots of France. It is divided into two parts, namely 'La Cite' and 'The Ville Basse'. La Cite, the fully fortified upper city basks in the dazzling summer sun interspersed with clouds creating a magical aura of light and shade. La Cite happens to be the inspiration behind Walt Disney's theme parks and was used as the backdrop for the 1991movie "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves". From the hills of La Cite you can catch a panoramic view of The Ville Basse (Lower Town), which was established in the 13th century. While the upper city is heavily crowded with too many cafes and gift shops, the lower city has a more peaceful ambience. The exotic medieval charm of Carcassonne draws about 3.5 million tourists every year. However, if you want to discover its real beauty, visit Carcassonne in the evening when it turns into fairyland with floodlights highlighting its heritage monuments. Perhaps the best souvenir to bring back from Carcassonne is a metal fridge magnet depicting the city against a breathtaking backdrop of the snowy Pyrenees Mountain. Measuring 7 cm in width, 7 cm in height and 0.8 cm in diameter, this plate shaped magnet has brass color that adds to its antique appeal.
A Brief Tourist Guide to Carcassonne
La Cite has multiple tourist attractions like museums, its ramparts and the Basilica of Saint Nazaire at Place de l'Eglise. The detailed carvings and stained glass decor of the Basilica make it an artistic wonder. Go for Les Aigles de La Cite or the 'Eagles of La Cite' at Pech Mary, which has the greatest collection of birds of prey all over the world. Also visit the villages of Limoux, Montsegur and Rennes le Chateau just outside Carcassonne.