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A Trip to Carcassonne, Aude, France - 7th August 2018

It's an early start for our second leg of the holiday, onwards to a rented house in Carcassonne in the south-west of France.

next album: Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Lagrasse, Lagrasse, Languedoc, France - 9th August 2018
previous album: The Dún Laoghaire 10K Run, County Dublin, Ireland - 6th August 2018

2018 The 4.30am start takes its toll on Fred at Dublin airport

The 4.30am start takes its toll on Fred at Dublin airport

2018 Harry and Isobel (right) queue up for the bus

Harry and Isobel (right) queue up for the bus

2018 The old control tower at Dublin airport

The old control tower at Dublin airport

2018 Touchdown in 35° at the tiny airport of Carcassonne, sometimes known as Salvaza Airport

Touchdown in 35° at the tiny airport of Carcassonne, sometimes known as Salvaza Airport

2018 The River Aude is outside the back of the house - Harry has an explore

The River Aude is outside the back of the house - Harry has an explore

2018 Isobel and Harry explore the rocks

Isobel and Harry explore the rocks

2018 There's a water fountain in the nearby park

There's a water fountain in the nearby park

2018 The street round the corner

The street round the corner

2018 We stop off at a newsagents for a cold drink on our first trip to the Cité

We stop off at a newsagents for a cold drink on our first trip to the Cité

2018 An art installation of concentric circles has been stuck to the mediaeval walls

An art installation of concentric circles has been stuck to the mediaeval walls

2018 Fred, Isobel and Harry

Fred, Isobel and Harry

2018 The crowded streets, looking towards the Porte Narbonnaise

The crowded streets, looking towards the Porte Narbonnaise

2018 Someone's doing some outdoor embroidery

Someone's doing some outdoor embroidery

2018 Harry and Fred on a stage

Harry and Fred on a stage

2018 Fred does the crab

Fred does the crab

2018 Our first café drink is sooo sweet

Our first café drink is sooo sweet

2018 Harry and Fred listen to some music

Harry and Fred listen to some music

2018 Clouds darken over the Basilique Saint-Nazaire

Clouds darken over the Basilique Saint-Nazaire

2018 Fred takes a photo as Isobel points

Fred takes a photo as Isobel points

2018 Everyone is intrigued by the storm clouds

Everyone is intrigued by the storm clouds

2018 More creepy clouds gather over the café Le Saint Jean

More creepy clouds gather over the café Le Saint Jean

2018 End-of-the-world clouds gather over the Château Comtal

End-of-the-world clouds gather over the Château Comtal

2018 We wander around for a bit before it starts lashing

We wander around for a bit before it starts lashing

2018 After the rain, the boys run around on the terrace at Le Créneau restaurant

After the rain, the boys run around on the terrace at Le Créneau restaurant

2018 Harry has a bit of a doze

Harry has a bit of a doze

2018 Fred and Harry mess around in the wet square

Fred and Harry mess around in the wet square

2018 Green-lit cobbles

Green-lit cobbles

2018 The rain means that this was the one and only time this view could be seen without millions of tourists

The rain means that this was the one and only time this view could be seen without millions of tourists

2018 Derelict shop

Derelict shop

2018 It's breakfast time in our rented house

It's breakfast time in our rented house

2018 Fred explores the garden

Fred explores the garden

2018 Some bright street art on a nearby wall in Jardin Bellevue

Some bright street art on a nearby wall in Jardin Bellevue

2018 Fred's amused by a house almost completely covered in ivy

Fred's amused by a house almost completely covered in ivy

2018 More dereliction

More dereliction

2018 Notre Dame de la Sainte

Notre Dame de la Sainte

2018 Tiles of thanks in the church

Tiles of thanks in the church

2018 Fred peers over the side of the Pont Vieux

Fred peers over the side of the Pont Vieux

2018 Isobel and Harry on the Pont Vieux

Isobel and Harry on the Pont Vieux

2018 Harry looks around whilst Isobel buys something in a shop

Harry looks around whilst Isobel buys something in a shop

2018 Interesting fish-head drain spout

Interesting fish-head drain spout

2018 Some Segways roll around

Some Segways roll around

2018 Nice wall murals on the Rue Trivalle

Nice wall murals on the Rue Trivalle

2018 It's busy at the Porte Narbonnaise

It's busy at the Porte Narbonnaise

2018 After a trial visit, the boys splurge their money on 'astro jacks', and in the case of Harry, a four-headed dragon

After a trial visit, the boys splurge their money on 'astro jacks', and in the case of Harry, a four-headed dragon

2018 Fred practices his new craze: Astro Jacks

Fred practices his new craze: Astro Jacks

2018 Fred looks excited to dig into a massive sausage, seconds before deciding he doesn't like it

Fred looks excited to dig into a massive sausage, seconds before deciding he doesn't like it

2018 Nosher's dish-of-the-week is about to become Couteaux en Persillade (razor clams)

Nosher's dish-of-the-week is about to become Couteaux en Persillade (razor clams)

2018 Fred in the stocks

Fred in the stocks

2018 Isobel joins in at the Museum of Torture

Isobel joins in at the Museum of Torture

2018 The kitchen of the rented house is unchanged from the 1970s (or even late 1960s), including this vintage dispenser

The kitchen of the rented house is unchanged from the 1970s (or even late 1960s), including this vintage dispenser

2018 1960s design touches

1960s design touches

2018 Down in Carcassonne town itself, there's an artwork display featuring hundreds of umbrellas

Down in Carcassonne town itself, there's an artwork display featuring hundreds of umbrellas

2018 Colourful umbrellas hang suspended from wires

Colourful umbrellas hang suspended from wires

2018 There's a ghost of an old shop sign on a wall

There's a ghost of an old shop sign on a wall

2018 Isobel, Harry and Fred wander under the parapluies

Isobel, Harry and Fred wander under the parapluies

2018 A nice bit of stonework on the Societe Generale's office

A nice bit of stonework on the Societe Generale's office

2018 Harry and Fred hang around

Harry and Fred hang around

2018 We stop at a small hut to get some pizza

We stop at a small hut to get some pizza

2018 The pizza shack

The pizza shack

2018 Small boys love pizza

Small boys love pizza

2018 Harry and Isobel wait outside

Harry and Isobel wait outside

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The 4.30am start takes its toll on Fred at Dublin airport