Palaminy to Carcassonne

The French people we have met have been very nice and friendly. We have had several great people experiences today. We had a lovely breakfast at Les Pesques, the Chambres d’hôtes we stayed at last night. We had a very nice conversation with our hostess about learning languages. She was incredibly helpful during our stay.


After leaving Les Pesques we decided to do laundry at the place next to the kiosk where we bought our pizzas last night.

First we went to the nearby grocery store and bought food for a picnic lunch. French grocery stores are so much fun to browse in. The vegetables made me want to buy some and start cooking.

Leeks and cabbage I think
Chocolate, bread, wine and cheese. What more do you need?!

While the laundry was running we walked to the post office. On the way an older French gentleman who was trying to use a vending machine asked us for change. When we started to explain that we weren’t from there he said oh! vous êtes américain! We had a nice conversation in French. As we parted ways he said Viva les États Unis! And we said Viva la France!

Duke starting the laundry
About half way to our destination we stopped for a picnic

I think I always forget to pack something. This time I left my thyroid medication at home. Today we stopped at a pharmacy. The pharmacist said she didn’t speak much English but I was able to explain using my limited French exactly what I needed and she sold me 2 boxes of 30 pills. She was so nice and it was so easy.

The pharmacy
Tonight we are in Carcassone. This is the view from the window of our room.

We walked across that bridge into the center of the old town for dinner.

This is the salad with goat cheese sandwiches that I started with
Then I had cassoulet
And finally a brownie

When we left the hotel it was raining quite hard. We had a bit of difficulty find our way out of the old town and back down the hill. At one point I called out to two guys ahead of us “Excusez-moi, où est la sortie de la ville?” They stopped and gave us directions. The way we went wasn’t well lit so we used our phone flashlights and were very careful on the wet cobblestones.

The well lit flat part of the walk
We made it!