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Stepping Back in Carcassone

semi-overcast 25 °C

We’ve left the glitz of Cannes and the razzmatazz of the Cotes d’Azure and stepped back in time to the city of Carcassonne in the foothills of the Pyrenees. Carcassonne is an ancient gem of a city with a maze of pedestrian friendly streets and squares overlooked by a magnificent medieval castle, But, for us, the real attraction is the Canal-du-midi – a narrow ribbon of 17th century waterway that meanders through the city and links the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
We are guests, (a.k.a. midshipmen and galley slaves), aboard the good ship Carmen; a luxuriously outfitted twenty-five metre Dutch barge belonging to our friend, David.
Here she is …


Before we left the Cotes d’Azure, Jim had the opportunity to do something that he hasn’t done for decades – he got to make a birthday cake for his little boy; his son Ian, who is no longer little nor a boy. Ian is captain of an opulent yacht based in Cannes and Jim went aboard to create a cake that would epitomize the 1980s, (as requested by Ian).
Here’s Jim slaving over a hot stove in the galley…


And here’s the piece de resistance… a Rubik’s cube…


Now, back to Carcassonne and the region of Languedoc-Roussillon. This is the most southerly part of France so the markets and shops are already filled with the bounty of this year’s harvest. The cherries and strawberries are absolutely delicious, but all the produce here is grown for its flavor. Here is today’s haul from the market…


What will Jim make of all this fresh food? Stay tuned……..

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Posted by Hawkson 05:27 Archived in France

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Ahh, more wonderful eating and sunny skies. Great idea for an '80s cake. How to slice it would have been a puzzle in itself.
Off to Regina to visit 91 year old aunt for a week on Monday. Hope to find some warm sun.

by R and B

We are excitedly anticipating being in France very soon as well! Your descriptions and mouth watering photos make us all the more keen to be there!
Sharron and Harv

by Sharron

Beam me over - gotta go to France before I die.

by janet

I love it that Jim could make a cake for his son - and the cube is BRiLLIANT... good on you JimBo

by joycieB

FinLLY, A SUNNY WEEKEND! THE FLOWERS will love it too....

by joyce

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