Mondays are usually quiet in French towns, but today is something special. Not only most shops and bars / restaurants are closed as usual but it would appear that due to the extreme bad and wet weather and the impending floods Carcassonne is dead.
I had 2 things on my to do list for this morning:
- Go to the tax office to get a number I need to open my on line account
- Go to the post office to pick up a packet which could not be delivered last Saturday
Both were closed. It would appear all the civil servants offices are doing the same today. In addition all schools are also closed as well as public transport.
Just had a walk around and it is clear that the river is rather menacing. Many villages around are cut off hence the ballet of helicopters.
I keep getting warnings from the town hall by sms. They are warning which areas will be affected next by the floods and inviting people to move out or go up a floor if possible.
Here follows a couple of photos and links to videos I took which describe the situation better than any word would.
Click on the pics below to open the video clip
Have a look at what our friend Brent is doing in Carcassonne. His tours are excellent. So if you have visitors wanting to kill a few hours, just book a tour with Brent. It is highly recommended.
Last weekend, our association “Les Amis d’Eggenfelden” had organised an event to celebrate the yearly “Journée des Jumelages” (Twin towns day).
Many people turned up in the afternoon to sample the bier (and listen to a handful of speeches). More than 330 attended the evening with a Choucroute Royale dinner.
All this to the sound of the marvellous authentic Bavarian band “Blaskapelle Gerleigner”. They certainly entertained the audience (Short video on Youtube)
More info and link to additional photos are available on the Blog from “Les Amis d’Eggenfelden”
H&S spent a long weekend with us. I think they enjoyed the way of life here in Carcassonne. That is it with visitors for the time being, we are going on holiday after all. When we are back in 3 weeks time, the next load arrives the next day.
As the saying goes in France: Acheter une maison dans le midi, c’est garantir beaucoup d’amis à vie.
We are running out of red wine she says. You will all agree that this is an unacceptable proposition. Luckily we are surrounded by vineyards. No need to go to the wine shops, it is so much more enjoyable to go to one of the cooperative or “caveau”.
One of our favorite is the Caveau des vignobles de Carsac. The choice is very good, quality excellent and I shall not mention the prices (water might be more expensive).
So anyway I went to fill up this morning. I bought bottles but could have easily brought my own container(s) and filled them up myself. One can of course taste a few bottles.
I have to admit that this not the only place I patronise. There is so much choice.
I think we are very lucky with the choice of restaurants in and around Carcassonne.
We have in particular 3 restaurants with Michelin stars.
La Table de Franck Putelat ✽✽ Approximately 15 minutes walk from my house.
La Barbacane ✽ Located in the Cité which is a 15 minutes walk from home. They have an excellent all inclusive menu at lunch time.
Le Domaine d’Auriac ✽ Only a 5 minutes drive from home. My cantine so to speak since I am more or less there every Thursday for our weekly Rotary get together. It is after all the club’s official head office.
Very pleasant evening “chez Franck” last evening for the 1st day of the yearly
A lot of the Rotary colleagues and spouses were present and the few rain drops at the start of the evening did not spoil anything.