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We were very lucky on the day of our visit. The weather was fine and warm, but not hot. Purely by chance we found a free parking space not far from the citadel. As you would expect, the charges for the car park near the entrance will bring tears to your eyes.
You should plan to spend at least two days in Carcassonne; One day for the ancient, historical city and a day for the newer one, although that has many old and historic sites as well.
The town gets very busy during the rush hours so it is best to plan your day around that. There are many interesting sights and something not to miss is watching boats pass through the locks of the Canal du Midi. A cool beer on a sunny afternoon watching this is a great pleasure.
I had been to the city several times before but this was Jenny's first visit. She was suitably impressed so I suspect we will re-visit and spend a great deal more time there on our future tours.
On this leg we didn't use any Autoroutes at all except the free part on the ring road around Carcassonne.
I was pleased that I had done so much homework on our route when we got to Trebes. I needed to take a sharp left turn on a busy road in a commercial area. Having looked at the street scene in Google maps, I didn't miss it and everything went very smoothly.
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