Category Archives: Carcassonne

Rays of sunshine, weekends away and a cruising plan.

On March 17th, St Patrick’s Day, the Port changed onto boating season time – from now on no more long weekends and holidays for Chayma and Stephanie at the Capitainerie until the end of this season in November. Our neighbour … Continue reading

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Another winter in Carcassonne – but maybe, the last.

We seem to have had more than our fair share of dull, wet and windy weather this December, January and February. I have been keeping track of how we are faring relative to other places that we might be and … Continue reading

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Antidote for cabin fever – a stairway to Heaven and the Vermillion Coast.

Since January 1st there have been only a few boats on the move through the Carcassonne lock – no more than one a week, if that – and in my opinion it has not been ‘boating weather’. Although no frost … Continue reading

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A nightingale sings, a clamour of rooks or a murder of crows, old castles, dead Cathars, other local spirits and Carnaval.

I wasn’t dreaming. It was four in the morning in mid-January and I was wide awake – but I wanted to be quite certain. I got out the IPad, googled birdsong, and sure enough there on YouTube in perfect harmony … Continue reading

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Across the yard.

There’s a well-known truism about life afloat which says that when two or more boaters are gathered together their conversation will soon, some give it only half an hour, turn to the topic of toilets and waste disposal. But I’m … Continue reading

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All the fun of the fair. ‘La Magie de Noel’.

On January 4th the music finally stopped, and workers moved in to the ‘Jardin Andre Chenier’ next to the port to dismantle Santa’s Children’s funfair and the Big Wheel. The Christmas festivities had gone far beyond the normal street illuminations … Continue reading

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“The trackless path of a bird” – the journey continues with winter in Carcassonne.

Pam regularly swaps books we have read, for others we haven’t, when we pass through ports with a book exchange and so I have chanced upon a selection of surprisingly good reads during the summer. There is a common theme … Continue reading

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