The word calanques is just a brilliant example of French onomatopoeia, don’t you think?
Once an important crossroad for trade, Narbonne thrived upon its position at the intersection of the Via Domitia and the Via Aquitania. Remains of the Via Domitia can still be seen in front of the town hall, the road was the first Roman road in the area and connected Italy to Spain.
The Festival of Lights or Fête des Lumières takes place every year around the 8th December as a celebration of gratitude towards St. Mary. I’ve heard several variations of the story concerning the event, but here is one short version of it:
The name Carcassonne might sound familiar if you are into board games, I myself have never played it, but the fact that it involves a castle gives you an idea as to where the game has gotten its name. The medieval fortress sits on top of a small hill just outside of modern Carcassonne. On my way there, I marvelled at the cuteness of the little houses and the beauty of the clouds.