May. 22nd, 2012

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I took the bike to work today, which meant I had a five mile ride this morning and a nine mile ride home.  I am now officially knackered. 

But it was worth it.  It's a glorious day out there, and it would have been a shame to waste.

THEN I had to water the plants when I came home....

So I'm not going to do anything too intellectual in the blog tonight.  Before I introduce you to more Languedoc castles, I'll take you on whistlestop tour of some of the buildings that caught my eye during my perambulation around La Bastide de Saint Louis.

But first of all, thanks to the success of Labyrinth, when I think of Carcassone, I always think of Kate Mosse.  And what always made me laugh there was the fact that there were pictures of Kate Moss everywhere.  It was, of course, the other Kate Moss (without the 'e'), but it amused me nonetheless.  So of course I had to take a picture:- 




I'm sorry.  I just had to share it with you...

To architecture now...

First of all, here's the dome in the square overlooking the Boulevard Camille Pelletan.  It seems quite ancient to me (?seventeeth century, perhaps??) but I can't find any references to it in any of the literature I brought back with me:-




Pictured below is the Jacobins Gate, built after 1779 on the site of an earlier gateway which once formed part of the city walls, a fragment of which still survives:-





Here's the Hotel du Murat, an eighteenth century building, again overlooking the Boulevard Camille Pelletan:-




And lastly, two lovely early twentieth century buildings, both built in the inter-war period in the Art Nouveau style.  Both are schools:-








And now I'm going to have to crawl off and sleep.  It's been one of those days, I guess...

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