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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Paris; Population - 65 million; Currency - Euro MORE FRANCE

It's a long trip from Seborga to my final enclave, Llivia (Spain in France), so I broke up the journey at Nice, Agde and Carcassone. The Cote d'Azur and Seborga sit on opposite sides of the France-Italy border so it's less than an hour to Nice - April 2014.

 

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france274First of all I had an overnight stop along the Cote d'Azur at Nice. My Nice page

 

monaco150..with a quick round trip to Monaco. Who wouldn't?! My Monaco page

 

france606..followed by a six hour train ride to Agde, a popular Mediterranean beach resort in south west France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france607Cap d'Agde is where the beaches are and the tourist action is - Agde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france612There's plenty of bars, restaurants and souvenir shops in the port area. As well as boats of course - Agde

 

france613Plage Richelieu is one of several beaches at Cap d'Agde

 

france61416th century Fort Brescou lies offshore from Plage Richelieu - Agde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france620On the opposite side of the port entrance is Plage de la Roquille, as well as Plage du Mole - Agde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france619At the end of Plage de la Roquille is Port Ambonne - Agde

 

france621Agde is also famous for its naturist resort, opposite Port Ambonne

 

france628.. while Carcassonne is famous for its medieval walled city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france632Shutters in the new town - Carcassonne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france642One of the entrances through the fortified walls to La Cité - Carcassonne

 

france635The Romans first fortified the area around 100BC. This was then added to and extended over the centuries - Carcassonne

 

france644St Nazaire Basilica is an imposing building dating back to the 12th century - Carcassonne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france648Take a walk around the walled ramparts for great views of La Cité - Carcassonne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france652Take in sweeping views of the modern city from the walls - Carcassonne

 

france646La Cité ramparts, plus a fair whack of greenery below and on to the horizon - Carcassonne

 

france656The medieval city is known for its 'witch's hat' roofs, which were only added in the 19th century - Carcassonne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france661Someone help me here. I think this is Place du Chateau but I'm not 100% sure - Carcassonne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france668One of the pedestrian streets in La Ville Basse (the lower town) - Carcassonne

 

france667Boat trips are available on Canal du Midi, which greets train passengers leaving the station - Carcassonne

 

france671The train from Toulouse winds its way through the Pyrenees, gaining altitude all the way - Pyrenees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

llivia182At 1,200m, Latour-de-Carol is the terminus of the trainline, and just a few kms from the Spanish border in the heart of Catalonia.
And onwards to my final enclave, Llivia..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.eurostar.com - Eurostar train from London to Paris, Brussels and more

www.francemonthly.com

www.tourism-carcassonne.co.uk - guide to Carcassonne

http://uk.franceguide.com - French tourist office

www.voyages-sncf.com - French trains

 

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