Cité de Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a beautiful fortified French town and a UNESCO World Heritage site…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carassonne samplerduring the 3rd century A.D. a curtain wall was built and parts remain today…

Magpie's Nest Carcassonne samplerbuilding began in the 12th and 13th centuries of “La Cité”  as it is also called with 53 towers strung together by two enormous concentric walls…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne Cathedralhere is a UNESCO quote about this ancient walled “city”:   

“Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation.”

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne Hotel viewswe were excited that there was a planned overnight stay within the ancient walls…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne Traveling Tea Cup with a viewand the traveling tea cup had a nice view from our second story window…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne Traveling T Cupat night the fortress took on another kind of charm…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carassonne at nightthe next day we were headed to the Midi-Pyrénées region in southwest France to visit Lourdes…

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz Carcassonne from Hotel joining Elizabeth’s Altered Book Lover for T Stands for Tuesday and linking two more art journal pages with AJJ’s JOURNEYS theme

Magpie's Nest Patty Szymkowicz CarcassonneI used torn pieces of peeled napkin for the starry sky… a photo that I took along with computer generated words and the Carcassonne medieval coat of arms…

 

32 responses to “Cité de Carcassonne

  1. What a magical place, those buildings look like they are straight out of a fairy tale, so wonderful – thanks for sharing. Your cup must have been in paradise, too. Love the journal pages you have made, thanks again for joining us at AJJ. Have a happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

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  2. wow amazing place and love that journal page xx

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  3. An amazing place wow… one must feel like in a medieval fairytale – awesome! The pages you made are wonderful Patty – thanks a lot for sharing all that with us at AJJ and I love to see the traveling teacup again-
    Happy T-Day dear liebe Patty!
    Have great day!
    oxo Susi

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  4. It is amazing what they were able to build way back when, and that it has withstood the test of time to wow us today! Incredible sights and scenery and a wonderful depictive collage. Best wishes, Tammy

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  5. wow.. this is really a beautiful sight and your creation with the napkin is just magnificent. thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us. 😉

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  6. Your page is gorgeous and wow- Carcassonne is gorgeous. I need to add that place to the bucket list too. I love how you added the castle to the whole spread. Your travel book looks wonderful. And very clever to add a cup for T day. Hope its a wonderful one Patty. Hugs-Erika

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  7. Another amazing journal spread! Not only do I enjoy all the beautiful images in your posts, but I always seem to learn something new with the links you provide. Thank you!

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  8. An amazing old town and you could sleep inside there in an wonderful hotel.Your journey manager did an excellent job. Your nice photos invite us to visit this famous place too. The journal pages are also well done, good idea to choose a night shot.
    Liebe Grüße
    Sabine xox

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  9. pearshapedchris

    I love how you have used that fabulous night shot for your journal page! As you know, Carcassonne is one of the places we have planned for next year – and I think we may have found our hotel too! It has taken me a while to catch up this morning as I have been showing Tony along the way – Hadn’t realised I was so far behind!! Your photos have shown us just how beautiful Carcassonne is – pity we’ve over a year to wait!! Hugs, Chrisx

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  10. another magical place and what stunning photos too! Those old walled cities are utterly beautiful aren’t hey? And how wonderful to stay and see it by night too. You have captured the essence of it beautifully in your journal too! Happy T day!

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  11. So much history and such beauty. I think I would be hard pressed to take it all in.That wonderful teacup has such a tale to tell. xoxo

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  12. Lovely photos and art journal page. The night sky on your page looks magical 🙂

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  13. What a fascinating place! Happy T Tuesday 🙂

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  14. What amazes me is how many more cities you visited than Paris. I was incredibly impressed with both the photos and the art you created for AJJ, too. The traveling tea cup got some fairly good views, too. Erika’s theme fit in quite well this month, didn’t it?

    I was overwhelmed by the scale of those walls, and the incredible towers, too. I didn’t realize until after you shared where you stayed that it was truly a city and not just an old fortress. It’s simply incredible.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful place, the traveling tea cup, and your fun (and continuing) adventures in France with us for T this Tuesday.

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  15. OMG!!!! To stay behind the walls in this ancient town is a dream come true for sure!! You really took my breath away with your pictures and your journal spread. One of my favorite photos is that one with the tea cup and then seeing the old grave yard through the hole in the ward. Great photo!!
    Now I am beginning to believe that your tea cup has been to more place than me!!!! Oh woe is me!! And the stained glass window is gorgeous. Is that you taking a picture?? Thanks for showing me things through your artful eye!! (and thanks goes to your husband too)
    sandy xx

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  16. Hi Patty

    I have been really enjoying your recent posts but have trouble commenting. I have to wait until someone comes over to visit and I can get them to have a look see what is wrong or what I am doing wrong is more like it.

    Just know I am looking and enjoying. Glad your son is doing well on the walk.

    Hugs FredaB

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  17. That journall page is magnificent Patty!!! And you always take the nicest photos and make the best compilations . Thank you so much for all the time it took to upload those photos. i enjoyed them immensely! Happy happy Tday! Hugs! deb

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  18. Oh Patty! What an enchanting place to visit and a dream to get to spend the night. Love all of the photos an the page you created is amazing ♥ Thanks for sharing your photos and art of your fantasy trip with us!!!!! So glad you got to go and that you are sharing!!!

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  19. this town/castle looks simply breathtaking! gorgeous photos and so interesting- I never knew those walls were called ‘curtain walls.’ the after dark photos are stunning, and lovely art work you’ve created. happy T day!

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  20. what beautiful photos my favourite is the one with the cup on the windowsill

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  21. A fabulous journey!…and I’m enjoying every step of the way.

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  22. That is another magical place to visit. Lovely photos and fantastic journal pages.
    Happy Tuesday.
    Yvonne

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  23. How wonderful! I should love to visit Carcassonne! xox

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  24. You’ve been to Carcassonne! How wonderful! I’ve wanted to go there since I read the book Labyrinth by Kate Mosse which is set in Carcassonne. Thank you for sharing those lovely photos. It made my day.
    Happy T-Day,
    Lisca

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  25. These historical buildings are so beautiful, it’s as if we are in a magical kingdom. Patty, your journal page is fabulous. It has come so close to the real pictures you have taken.
    Happy T day
    Hugs

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  26. A fantastic place to experience, old and new. A such beautiful old medieval city, and exiting to see it by day and by night, Patty. The light is amazing in your night photo, and you brought it beautifully to your wonderful journal
    spread , Night in Carcassonne , so magic and special, dear.
    You managed amazing photos of the fortress , and I loved reading your words, too.
    A visit of magic, and exitement !!
    Dorthe oxoxox

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  27. Oh Patty, that’s magnificent. And especially at night. I love to see the teacup! No wonder it was such an inspiration for your beautiful art. You captured the mood perfectly!

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  28. I am SO glad I saved your post for my last T-day visit, or nobody else would have heard from me. I have reread your post so many times Dh has come by and comment on how long I’ve been here…LOL!

    I’ve always wanted to visit a castle, such as this, so steeped in history. Yes, I did visit the link you offered. Thanks for sharing that and all the gorgeous photos….night time must have truly been amazing!

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  29. Your photos are delightful and your pages are magical, my friend! France is so beautiful.What a feast for my eyes!

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  30. All sooooo beautiful! I loved it! And the starry sky napkin is perfect!

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  31. Wow! Just like a fairy tale!! Your photos are wonderful and pull me in as I imagine myself on this tour as well! Thank you for adding the links,so very thoughtful!
    And Patty, in case I forget,which I have, your journal pages are just magnificent! I sense your adventure with each page you have created thus far!
    hugsxx

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