We arrived around 3.30pm, admittedly into beautifully warm weather; crossed over the drawbridge into the actual medieval bit, and the narrow streets were heaving with tourists. It was shop after shop of tat souvenirs or some kind of eating place. Nothing remained of its history. Strict discipline is required to raise eyes upwards to see the old architecture to gain some idea of what the place must have looked like. From Carcassonne we went to Mirepoix on Sunday and then onto Narbonne (no hotels) Beziers (no hotels) don’t bother spending time in either city, they’re not very nice. Using the Logis book, I spotted a hotel right on the Gorges du Tarn, and within easy reach of Rodez where we needed to check in by 1.30 on Monday. Phone call confirmed spaces and a restaurant open Sunday evening . Great. Hostellerie des Lauriers, Villeneuve sur Tarn (see pic). www.leslauriers.net run by Chantal (chef) and husband Pascal Sudre. Lovely lovely place, with a view of the River Tarn from our window and a really delicious evening meal – not particularly cheap – 74 Euros for the room, 8 Euros breakfast, but the most delicious meal at 28 Euros each. Chickens in the garden, a voiceless peacock preening on the roof of the car, the River Tarn at the bottom of the garden, really comfortable beds, and the church clock out of commission, so a blissfully quiet night. Lovely walks along the river, and if you like fly fishing, a place made in heaven. The SAM Observer October 2013
The October 2013 edition of "The SAM Observer"