This morning I slept in...the rain was nice and soothing outside, and it quickly cleared up to be a beautiful day in Carcassonne. We walked to the Cite', which is the medieval part of the city. Built in the thirteenth century, it was restored beginning in 1844, and has 52 towers, along with two miles of double concentric walls. The Cite' also holds World Heritage Site status, making it one of the most visited sites in southern France. On a more modern note, Walt Disney stayed at a hotel inside the Cite' in the mid-1900's, and Sleeping Beauty's castle is modeled after the Carcassonne castle. From outside the walls, the castle is absolutely spectacular. Inside, it is, unfortunately, very touristy. Compared to Riquewihr, which we visited several years ago, it is much more commercialized, and not nearly as charming. Still, it was a good morning, and quite an experience to walk around the outside walls.
After walking back home, and resting for a few minutes, we took off for Limoux, where sparkling wine was discovered in 1531.