Coucou tout le monde!
This past weekend, groups ABC went to Carcassone while groups DEF spent their weekend in Port-Vendres. Unfortunately, both groups braved some crazy rain, but after a week of 100 degree heat I suppose it was necessary!
Carcassone is a medieval fortified city located about an hour and twenty minutes from Toulouse. It dates back to the Gallo-Roman period and was restored in 1853. It is now mainly a tourist site, but during medieval times was a blossoming city, able to successfully defend against sieges and attacks by countless enemies. In 1997, it was dubbed a UNESCO world heritage site!
Despite the rain, students were whisked (partly) around the 1.9 miles of double city walls by our tour guide Morgan. We visited the Basilica of Saint-Nazarius, with large gorgeous flower stained glass windows believed to have been created in the same workshop of those of the famed Notre Dame in Paris. Students also promenaded within the castle walls, looking down upon the rest of the city just as nobles once did. Cool, n’est-ce pas?
All in all, it was an exciting weekend filled with plenty of firsts for our Global Navigators! T-minus less than a week, believe us when we say we’re going to use this time well, or as the French say, on va bien profiter!