Carcassone is a stunning site to behold from a distance. It is also historically interesting, though the history is more in books than on view here. However, it is a real tourist trap full of over priced food and junk souvenirs. Restaurant staff can be very charmless! The castle is okay but €8.50 entry and €4.50 audioguide is steep for what it is. The exhibition on Viollet le Duc, arch 'restorer' of French architecture is a masterpiece of obfuscation. Anyone who puts a third tower with a statue of himself on a Gothic cathedral like Notre Dame in Paris deserves to be forgotten not exhibited IMHO. Sadly, the town of Carcassonne outside the medieval walls is looking pretty tired as well. Definitely a day trip and move on - Languedoc has beautiful countryside and lots of interesting places to stop (try Montolieu or Saissac).
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