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!
THE TRAVEL DEPARTMENT
Dublin 2, Ireland
Telephone: + 353 1 637 1600
HÔTEL DE LA CITÉ
Place Auguste-Pierre Pont
Tel: 0033 4 68 11 92 82
Carcassonne Guest House
11 Quai Bellevue
Tel: 00 336 34 21 90 51
Oficina de Turisme de Figueres
Plaça del Sol s/n
Tel. 972 50 31 55
Fax. 972 67 31 66
Office Municipal de Tourisme de Carcassonne
28 Rue de Verdun
11890 Carcassonne Cedex France
THINGS TO DO
Toy Museum Of Catalonia
(Museu del Joguet de Catalunya)
Hotel Paris / c. Sant Pere 1
Tel: 00 34 972 504 585
Carcassonne chateau and ramparts
Abbaye de Fontfroide
Route de Narbonne Plage
BP 20409-11104 Narbonne
Tel 04 68 45 28 50
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!
Brasserie Chez Saskia
Auberge des Lices
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.
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).
5 rue Armagnac