Carcassonne, a medieval fortress town is one of the most popular stops in the former Kingdom of Aragon, which lasted from 1035 to 1707.
We’ve spent two nights in a lovely hotel just outside the gates of imposing Carcassonne. Saturday was forecast to rain all day. What to do on a rainy day? Rub shoulders (and umbrellas) with hoardes of tourists coming off the seemingly endless line of tour buses or escape into the countryside? We chose the latter, and as a result, were rewarded with beautiful views of the rolling countryside, many deep valleys, charming hamlets and colorful market towns and yes, quite a few raindrops. At least we were warm and dry inside our Volkswagen “bus.”