15 minutes from our estate (Saint Frichoux) lies one of the most impressive structors of our ancestors. Carcassonne cite; wonderfully restored by the architech Viollet-le-Duc (during the reign of Napolean III) under the control of Prosper Mérimée, who not only was the general inspecteur of historic monuments, but the writer of well known stories such as "Carmen", "Colomba" and "Mateo Falcone".
While strolling the grounds of Carcassonne cite you may sense moments of how life really may have been in the past, as it was either on a peaceful day or during the terrible episode of the crusade against the cathars. The shadow of Lord Trencavel is still brushing the double rampart (city walls) and its thirty towers.
If you take the motorway make a stop on the resting area between the east and west exits to carcassonne; you will find a magnificiant panarama of the cite.