I wanted to stop here because this City is referenced many times in my French textbook (yes, I'm still taking classes at Alliance Francaise). I wanted to wander around this ancient City, find the Youth Hostel (another key location from my French Alter Ego text book). We parked in Carcassonne and walked about 15 minutes up to the old City.
This place was a total tourist trap. It was absolutely packed with tourists. The streets were lined with postcard and t-shirt shops. You could buy poorly made medieval trinkets or tour books in one of 15 different languages on every corner. The worst part -- there is no Youth Hostel in Carcassonne! Now that was the most disappointing part of the whole City.
The Medieval City itself was beautiful, but Carcassonne was a mess - I would not go back. The tourists just made me miserable.
Have you been to Carcassonne? Are you studying French with the Alter Ego books - did you want to go find that woman who works at the Carcassonne Youth Hostel?
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