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The Château Comtal, Lastours and the Journey Home, Carcassonne, Aude, France - 14th August 2018

Luckily we'd bought the combined "sounds and lights show with entry to Château Comtal" tickets a couple of days before, as the queue to get in otherwise was fairly epic. But, having skipped the queues to get in, we still get to join the other queues of people milling around the route around the castle-within-a-castle. Then, after a quick return to the house we set off for a trip around Lastours - a mediaeval village famous for its four Cathar castles all clustered together on a hill. Then it's the journey home, via the Casino hypermarché on the edge of Carcassonne to pick up a new carry-on case for Isobel, and a bunch of saucisson.

next album: Station 119 and a Summer Party, Brome and Eye, Suffolk - 18th August 2018
previous album: Petanque and a Lightning Storm, Carcassonne, Aude, France - 12th August 2018

2018 We're back at the café Le St. Jean

We're back at the café Le St. Jean

2018 Fred makes out his coke bottles are binoculars

Fred makes out his coke bottles are binoculars

2018 Harry does the binocular thing

Harry does the binocular thing

2018 In the Lices of Carcassonne

In the Lices of Carcassonne

2018 There's a model of the Cité in the Château museum

There's a model of the Cité in the Château museum

2018 A view over the city

A view over the city

2018 Looking down on the path up to the Porte d'Aude

Looking down on the path up to the Porte d'Aude

2018 There's a massive queue for tickets, which we avoided by getting ours a few days before

There's a massive queue for tickets, which we avoided by getting ours a few days before

2018 A distant view of the Le St. Jean and one of the Roman towers

A distant view of the Le St. Jean and one of the Roman towers

2018 Vintage columns

Vintage columns

2018 Harry in a stone window

Harry in a stone window

2018 Fred is just like the statue

Fred is just like the statue

2018 Nice mediaeval paintings

Nice mediaeval paintings

2018 A big stone font

A big stone font

2018 Fred on the ramparts

Fred on the ramparts

2018 A nice alternate view of the concentric circles

A nice alternate view of the concentric circles

2018 A fancy hotel/restaurant within the walls

A fancy hotel/restaurant within the walls

2018 The big amphitheatre near the Eglise Saint Nazaire

The big amphitheatre near the Eglise Saint Nazaire

2018 It's amazing non-built-up right up to the castle walls

It's amazing non-built-up right up to the castle walls

2018 Harry and Isobel queue up for ice cream in the packed Toto Gelato

Harry and Isobel queue up for ice cream in the packed Toto Gelato

2018 Fred eats his ice cream

Fred eats his ice cream

2018 Fred makes some sunglasses with his bendy pencil

Fred makes some sunglasses with his bendy pencil

2018 There's an interesting dragonfly down on the river

There's an interesting dragonfly down on the river

2018 Isobel holds Harry back form the river

Isobel holds Harry back form the river

2018 The boys in the river: nature and the urban setting

The boys in the river: nature and the urban setting

2018 Fred's got an interesting way of getting back into the house

Fred's got an interesting way of getting back into the house

2018 Fred and Harry make a film and sell tickets for it - Alion Take Down

Fred and Harry make a film and sell tickets for it - Alion Take Down

2018 Isobel makes an omlette in the 1960s kitchen

Isobel makes an omlette in the 1960s kitchen

2018 Fred's room

Fred's room

2018 Looking down on Isobel slurping a beer

Looking down on Isobel slurping a beer

2018 Fred and Harry have a snail race - the bunch of parsley is meant to be an incentive

Fred and Harry have a snail race - the bunch of parsley is meant to be an incentive

2018 Doha the owner's dog comes back to visit

Doha the owner's dog comes back to visit

2018 Isobel and Fred at Lastours

Isobel and Fred at Lastours

2018 The attractive hilltop town of Lastours

The attractive hilltop town of Lastours

2018 Down at the old foundry/kiln thing

Down at the old foundry/kiln thing

2018 Derelict building next to the tourist information spot

Derelict building next to the tourist information spot

2018 The mayor's office

The mayor's office

2018 Time for lunch at bakery/café

Time for lunch at bakery/café

2018 Café life

Café life

2018 The boys dig out some toys from the box

The boys dig out some toys from the box

2018 Walking back to the car

Walking back to the car

2018 We drive up to Bellevue, where all four Cathar castles can be seen

We drive up to Bellevue, where all four Cathar castles can be seen

2018 Fred uses the telescope

Fred uses the telescope

2018 Isobel and Harry have a go with the telescope

Isobel and Harry have a go with the telescope

2018 The four castles of Lastours - Cabaret, Tour Regine, Quertinheux and Surdespine

The four castles of Lastours - Cabaret, Tour Regine, Quertinheux and Surdespine

2018 Walking the dusty tracks of Lastours

Walking the dusty tracks of Lastours

2018 Back at the bakery, a pet mink appears

Back at the bakery, a pet mink appears

2018 Down the the Casino hypermarché in Carcassonne, Isobel buys a new carry-on bag

Down the the Casino hypermarché in Carcassonne, Isobel buys a new carry-on bag

2018 Fred points at a load of fish and seafood

Fred points at a load of fish and seafood

2018 Isobel looks at Saucisson

Isobel looks at Saucisson

2018 A derelict café in the Casino hypermarket (there are a lot of empty shops in this white elephant)

A derelict café in the Casino hypermarket (there are a lot of empty shops in this white elephant)

2018 The massive and half-empty Casino Géant

The massive and half-empty Casino Géant

2018 Back at Carcassonne's tiny airport

Back at Carcassonne's tiny airport

2018 Fred and Harry play with Lego

Fred and Harry play with Lego

2018 Our plane - one of only about two flights a day - rocks up

Our plane - one of only about two flights a day - rocks up

2018 Totally hi-tech sign pointing us the right way

Totally hi-tech sign pointing us the right way

2018 The traditional boarding scrum of Ruinair

The traditional boarding scrum of Ruinair

2018 The plane looks out to the hills, eager to be in the air again

The plane looks out to the hills, eager to be in the air again

2018 Harry is bored

Harry is bored

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We're back at the café Le St. Jean