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Carcassonne Travel Blog› entry 3 of 11 › view all entries
December 26th, 2008 – by: umbralwalker
Carcassonne has a long history, dating before Christ in one form or another. It was one of the main fortifications for the Romans in Gaul during the 400 years of the Pax Romana, falling to the Visigoths after the collapse of the Empire.
In 1836, John-Pierre Cros-Mayrevieille lobbied for the attention of the French government to list Carcassonne as a historical monument and effect repairs, but in 1850, Napoleon III removed the city from the lists for financial reasons. Cros-Mayrevieille succeeded in having the order rescinded and had the city returned to the control of the Ministry of Defense.
The city is incredible. It's exactly what I imagine a medieval city to be. Years of Dungeons and Dragons come to life. The streets are narrow and the pubs are snug. We weren’t the only tourists visiting, but there was plenty of elbow room. I imagine that during the summer it could be like a bad day at Disneyland.
I was hoping to be able to pick up a French copy of the game and have Brett take a shot of me with it. Unfortunately, and inexplicably, with all the game stores in Carcassonne there wasn't a single copy. Tons of knights, dragons, faerie statues, and other fantasy-based stuff, but not a single copy of the city's game-sake. Ah, well. That's what photoshop is for.
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