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Francis Brennans Grand Tour

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Francis Brennans Grand Tour
Carcassonne

Carcassonne

In this programme the tour travels from Barcelonato the medieval walled city of Carcassonne in France. En-route the tour stops off in Figueres in northern Spain, birthplace of surrealist artist Salvador Dali, where there's a musum dedicated to his art.

In Carcassonne Francis has one of his most challenging tasks as he takes the group on a walking tour of the city's historic ramparts. Lunch is a picnic by the scenic Canal Du Midi, but Francis challenges the group to shop at the local market, giving them a small budget and tight deadline to find their picnic provisions. The language proves challenging for some - including Francis!

They also visit the Abbeye de Frontfroide, a former Cistercian monastery, best known for its rose garden. There's a wine tasting at a local vineyard where the group try the region's Languedoc wines and the programme ends with a dinner where the group tries the local duck, sausage and bean speciality, cassoulet - with mixed reactions!

 

Useful Information

RELATED LINKS
www.carcassonne-tourisme.com
www.thetraveldepartment.ie
www.aerlingus.com
www.hoteldelacite.com

GETTING THERE
THE TRAVEL DEPARTMENT
Harmony Court
Harmony Row
Dublin 2, Ireland
Telephone: + 353 1 637 1600
www.thetraveldepartment.ie

ACCOMMODATION
HÔTEL DE LA CITÉ
Place Auguste-Pierre Pont
11000 Carcassonne
France
Tel: 0033 4 68 11 92 82
www.hoteldelacite.com

Patrick O'Sullivan
Carcassonne Guest House
11 Quai Bellevue
11000 Carcassonne
Tel: 00 336 34 21 90 51
www.carcassonneguesthouse.com

TOURIST BOARD
Oficina de Turisme de Figueres
Plaça del Sol s/n
17600 Figueres
Tel. 972 50 31 55
Fax. 972 67 31 66
www.figueres.cat

Office Municipal de Tourisme de Carcassonne
28 Rue de Verdun
11890 Carcassonne Cedex France
www.carcassonne-tourisme.com

THINGS TO DO
Toy Museum Of Catalonia
(Museu del Joguet de Catalunya)
Hotel Paris / c. Sant Pere 1
17600 Figueres
Tel: 00 34 972 504 585
Email: Correu.mjc.cat

Dali Theatre-Museum
Figueres

Carcassonne chateau and ramparts

Abbaye de Fontfroide
RD 613
11100 Narbonne
www.fontfroide.com

Chateau l'Hospitalet
Route de Narbonne Plage
BP 20409-11104 Narbonne
Cedex
Tel 04 68 45 28 50
www.chateau-lhospitalet.com

SHOPPING
La Ville Basse: main shopping streets: rue Georges Clemenceau, rue de Verdun, rue Victor Hugo and rue Armagnac

Espirit de Sel - Emporium full of unexpected treasures. Brollies, suitcases, boots, soaps and lotions, ornaments, lamp stands, ceramics, clothing, etc.

La Ferme - delicatessen, piled high with vintage cheeses, wines, sausages and lots of other gourmandises, including homemade creme Chantilly.

L'Art Gourmand - one for chocolate fiends. The ice cream is pretty good too. - all 33 varieties of it!

EATING OUT
Brasserie Chez Saskia

Auberge des Lices
www.blasco.fr/auberge.html

La Ville Basse:
Au Bon Pasteur -
Specials include cassoulet and choucroute (saurkraut)

Restaurant Gil -
Catalan influenced cuisine. Particularly good seafood and fish dishes.

L'Endroit - 18 rue de L'Aigle d'Or
Clos Occitan - 68 boulevard Barbes
L'Ecurie - 43 boulevard Barbes

BOSC DE LA FADES
Translates as Fairies Wood. Bar set up as if you were inside an enchanted forest.

La Cite:
Restaurant des Musees - Simple, unpretentious place has three rear terraces with views of the ramparts.

Auberge de Dame Carcas -
Specializes in suckling pig (model piggies large and small dotted around the restaurant give you a clue).

IRISH PUB
The Celt
5 rue Armagnac
Ville Basse

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