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Old Jun 26th, 2007, 01:09 PM
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Languedoc Roussillon area suggestions

My husband and I will be in the oulouse area July 11 - 16. He's got business there on July 12, 13. I've rented a car for the entire period. (Is this a good idea?) We will visit Carcassone for Bastille Day, but I was looking for suggestions on what to do the rest of the time. Any help would be much appreciated. Nicole
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Old Jun 26th, 2007, 10:40 PM
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Toulouse belongs to the Midi Pyrenees area and not Languedoc Roussillon.

You can visit Albi, Cordes and Castres, or drive South to Pamiers, Foix and visit Gtrotte de Niaux.

From Carcassonne either go to the beaches or to the Cathar castles
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Old Jun 27th, 2007, 09:02 AM
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Agree that Cathar castles are great. And driving in the area is easy and quite picturesque, especially if you stay off the main highways.

For what it's worth, I liked Carcassone, but would avoid it like the plague on Bastille Day... I was there in the shoulder season (early May) and it was quite crowded with tourists. I imagine that BD would be total madness.
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Old Jun 27th, 2007, 02:41 PM
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I'm with Jen on avoiding Carcassone on a holiday. Parking is an issue as well.

We were in the area so we felt compelled to see Carcassone, but it felt too much like Disney to us. We made the obligatory rounds and got outta dodge.

There are so many other interesting places to visit. Pvoyageuse mentioned a few. We loved Albi and the Auberge du Poids Public in St. Felix Lauragais. Fabulous for an overnight and affordable Michelin 1-star dinner. (There's another thread here on the Auberge.)

Collioure and Ceret were also a wonderful destination for us on that trip. We'd go back in a heartbeat. I might rather be on the coast for BD. But, that's just me...
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Old Jun 27th, 2007, 02:48 PM
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I was just in Uzes, and loved it! Don't know how far it is from Toulouse, but it's a wonderful medieval town. Saturday is market day--time your trip for that. And the Hotel General d'Entraigues is terrific.
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Uzès is in Provence, not exactly anywhere near Toulouse.

You might want to do a loop from Toulouse up to Gaillac, then down to Graulhet, Puylaurent, Revel, Castelnaudary, and back up to Toulouse. Lots of pretty scenery and interesting towns along the way (and plenty of wine!).
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Old Jun 27th, 2007, 03:14 PM
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StCirq, Uzes is in the Languedoc Rousillon, very close to the border of Provence. I've also seen it listed as being in the Gard, a different category of regions. Not too sure how that works.

That said, having checked on a map, you're right that it's quite a way from Toulouse.
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Old Jun 27th, 2007, 05:21 PM
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Hi, Cimbrone:

You're right about Uzès. But Toulouse is NOT in the Languedoc-Roussillon, it's in the Midi-Pyrénées.
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Old Jun 27th, 2007, 10:19 PM
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"I've also seen it listed as being in the Gard, a different category of regions. Not too sure how that works".

A "region" is an administrative area made of several "départements". There are 95 départements in France and 22 "régions (not counting the oversea ones.

The départements of Languedoc-Roussillon are Hérault, Gard, Aude, Pyrénées Orientales and Lozère.
Nîmes is in Département du Gard AND in Languedoc-Roussillon.

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Here is what I did last month in one very enjoyable day:

Depart Monasties (but you could do this from Toulouse):

Make a circuit: Cordes sur Ciel; Bruniquel; Puycelsi: Castelnau de Montmiral. Each of these towns is exquisite and the route takes you through the scenery of the Gorges de Ayveron. From Castelnau we continued on to Gaillac to see the historic district and the cathedral and then visited a few vineyards...
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A couple years ago I was in Albi over July 14, and there were fantastic fireworks there. People were talking about how good the Albi fireworks were in other towns I visited.
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Nicole, if you type in Stu Dudley in the Fodor European search box, you will find some wonderful info and itinerary. I found it most helpful.
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