The first night, Friday, we stayed in the very quaint medieval village of Conques, identified as one of the prettiest villages in France and a stopping off place for pilgrims on the St Jacques de Compostel pilgrimage route – see picture taken from our bedroom window. From there we went to Entraygues sur Truyere on the Saturday to our rented apartment. We had hoped for similar weather to that at the same time last year, and packed sparingly (Ryanair 10 kilo limits) accordingly. We did venture out every day – see view of some of the Gorges. However, autumn arrived early last week and we were cold, so we decided it was necessary to leave earlier than planned and chase the sun further south. We dropped down south via Albi and Toulouse, both worthy of a day sightseeing – to arrive in Carcassonne -wow! The view of the Castle and city walls was just as you would imagine a castle in a fairy story; we were really excited as we had read so much about it, and looked forward to exploring the old city. The reality was a smack in the face.
The SAM Observer October 2013
The October 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"