Carcassonne Local Customs

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    Automatic toilets.

    by leics Written Apr 14, 2006

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    Elaborate automatic toilet.

    Nice to find rather a lot of public toilets around, mostly the automatic sort. You need 20 cents and 10 cents to get in, and they even have paper! Rather cramped though..............it was an effort to get myself and my case into one, even though i'm fairly small, but needs must!

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    Sunflowers

    by GentleSpirit Updated Oct 5, 2013

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    I got to Languedoc in late September. One the train toward Carcassonne you could see fields of sunflowers. By late September there wasn't much color left and the flowers were past peak bloom. I was told that if i I had come in early September I would have been treated to a visual spectacle with the sunflowers!

    The farmers will grow the sunflowers, then harvest them when they are done and get sunflower oil and sunflower seeds that are sold commercially.

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    Fête du cochon

    by Klod5 Written Apr 22, 2003

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    La f��te du cochon

    The visit of the Cadets of Gascogne - a society of people of letters and Parisian artists original of the West South - in Carcassonne, in 1898, mark the beginning of the exploitation of the citadel like privileged place of reconstitution of the Aged Means. To this opportunity a big historic cavalcade, made of extras, in costumes of the XIIIth century, browses the low city before knowing its apotheosis while arriving to the city. From this identical demonstration date take place, sporadically, in the citadel, at the time of official visits or commemorations. Since about ten years the "Medieval" offer, during the month of August, besides a historic spectacle, the tournaments and the inspired scenes of life of life to the Aged Means. More lately, on the occasion of the "feast of the pig", the union of the tradesmen puts in stage, using costumes of time, the legend of Carcas lady throwing the pig since the top of the battlements.

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    Festival de Carcassonne

    by Klod5 Written Apr 23, 2003

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    Festival de Carcassonne

    L'OPÉRA ROMANTIQUE - AIRS ET CHOEURS D'OPÉRAS FRANÇAIS
    ORCHESTRE PERPIGNAN LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON, Dir. Daniel TOSI
    Solistes : Maria Pau Juan CASTRO, Roger PUJOL, Cyril ROVERY
    mer 2
    BARBARA HENDRICKS, La Diva chante le jazz
    jeu 3
    DUO ANA YERNO / GUILLAUME de CHASSY, ENCUENTRO
    ven 4
    LA BELLE ET LA TOUTE PETITE BÊTE avec Arielle DOMBASLE
    un conte de fée raconté de travers par Jérôme SAVARY - Musique Gérard DAGUERRE
    avec Frédéric LONGBOIS, Carlos PAVLIDIS et Michel DUSSARRAT
    sam 5
    L'AUTRE DEMEURE - Compagnie Portes Sud
    dim 6
    ANDRÉ, LE MAGNIFIQUE - Compagnie La Tripe du Boeuf
    lun 7
    BÉJART BALLET LAUSANNE
    mar 8
    mer 9
    YURI BUENAVENTURA
    jeu 10
    «RECOUVRE-LE DE LUMIÈRE» Hommage à Nimeño II
    par Philippe CAUBÈRE d'après l'oeuvre d'Alain MONTCOUQUIOL
    ven 11
    MADAME MARGUERITE de Roberto ATHAYDE, avec Annie GIRARDOT

    sam 12
    YOUSSOU N'DOUR Première partie : MAGIC SYSTEM
    dim 13
    GRAND SPECTACLE PYROTECHNIQUE
    lun 14
    LAURENT VOULZY EN CONCERT
    mar 15
    LAURENT GERRA
    mer 16
    JEAN-LOUIS AUBERT FAIT TOURNÉE
    jeu 17
    CUNNIE WILLIAMS EN CONCERT
    ven 18
    LES RITA MITSOUKO
    sam 19
    LES MARIÉS DE LA TOUR EIFFEL de Jean COCTEAU - Compagnie Magritte

    dim 20
    RENAUD, BOUCAN D'ENFER
    lun 21
    FABULOUS TROBADORS E CLICA, Première partie : BOMBES 2 BAL
    mar 22
    ORCHESTRE DE CHAMBRE DE LA RADIO POLONAISE
    Dir. Agnieszka DUCZMAL - Soliste : Corinne CHAPELLE, violon
    mer 23
    LE TRIO ROSENBERG
    jeu 24
    TOSCA de Giacomo PUCCINI
    avec Danielle STREIFF, Jean-Françis MONVOISIN, Patrice BERGER, Vincent BERTRAND
    Dir. musicale : Claude CUGUILLÈRE - Mise en scène : Michèle HERBÉ
    sam 26
    FESTIVAL OFF

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    A Tourist Custom or a Tourist Trap (2): Torture

    by hquittner Updated Sep 28, 2009

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    Brutality is one of the follies of civilization. War and Military Museums are tourist attractions on many continents in many tourist sites. Torture is a minor art form of War and is dutifully exhibited in some of these museums. The instruments used are eye-ctching. We have seen the in a corner of the Doges' Palace in Venice and in a Medieval Crime Museum in Rothenburg. Apparently these antique instruments survive in collections and if you acquire them on the antique market and enlist some experts, you can create a Museum of Torture as has been done here. ( Toussaud's Inc. will also provide figures for a price). The excuse here is the horrible story of the Cathar Crusade that involved the town Our daily professional work has in part been related to these horrors of life, so we ignore such exhibits and museums except when we have grand-children in tow; apparently War & Torture are part of the American grade school curriculum. (The picture of the comfortable chair was copied from the brochure given us at the Tourist Office). So you make your choice and pay your money.

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    Talko to someone who knows ...

    by Jerelis Written Sep 6, 2011

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    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.

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    Le Musée de la torture

    by Klod5 Written Apr 12, 2007

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    Le Mus��e de la torture

    Ce n'est ni le train-fantôme, ni la "maison hantée" mais vous aurez sûrement plus peur. Le musée de la torture situé dans la citée médiévale de Carcassonne est en fait celui de l'Inquisition, cette organisation toute-puissante qui a poursuivi durant quelques siècles tous les ennemis (ou supposés tels) du catholicisme : hérétiques, adorateurs du diable et même sorcières...

    Le musée en présente l'histoire et les instruments de torture, utilisés jusqu'à la Révolution française. Il met ces instruments en situation réaliste avec des mannequins, et propose au visiteur un parcours rempli d'histoires vraies.

    Ames sensibles, s'abstenir....

    The museum of the torture situated in the quoted medieval of Carcassonne is in fact the one of the Inquisition, this almighty organization that pursued during some centuries all enemies (supposed such either) of the Catholicism : heretical, worshippers of the devil and even witches...

    The museum of it present history and the instruments of torture, used until the French Revolution. It puts these instruments in realistic situation with models, and propose to the visitor a course filled of true histories.

    Sensitive souls, to abstain....

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    A Tourist Custom or a Tourist Trap (1): Armor

    by hquittner Written Sep 26, 2009
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    It costs a little money and if you get your money's worth it is not a trap. Nobody made him read the sign and go in the shop and "rent" the helmet! His companions enjoyed it too. It is next door to the Auberge de Madam Carcas (see our Restaurant Tip).

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    The market-A slice of French life

    by raquelitalarga Written Nov 14, 2009
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    Find out from tourist info what days the market is held in the 'new town' square. I think these photos were taken Saturday morning. I loved the piles of enormous vegetables and the locals kissing three times as greeting.

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    Le Citee

    by magictravelers Written Jul 26, 2010
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    Well, what can I say? Every once in a while, we drive to Carcassone for 1-2 nights and we ALWAYS go back to the Medieval Castle. Just to get away from Barcelona, go window shopping, have a meal (or 2).
    We have been to the new part of the City and even have done a Winery Route with our car and a Monastery (Northbound), but we always leave with the impression that Carcassone IS the LE Cite and It gives a lot to the people who not necessarily live inside the Castle.

    Yeah! It is quite expensive, but it is a must see if you are in the area.

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    Le curé de Cucugnan

    by Klod5 Written Apr 11, 2007
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    Ce conte populaire croustillant que toute la France connaît n'est pas provençal, mais languedocien, et même très précisément audois !

    Arrivé aux oreilles d'Achille Mir, poète et instituteur de la petite commune de Cucugnan dans les Corbières (eh oui, ce village existe pour de bon !), celui-ci décida de coucher sur papier en occitan l'histoire du "curat de Cucunhan". C'est cependant Daudet qui la rendit célèbre !

    ... L'abbé Marti en avait assez que ses fidèles n'assistent point à ses messes dominicales et se conduisent de manière impie. Dieu lui donna un tuyau, et un jour en chaire, l'abbé Marti raconta à ses ouailles l'histoire suivante :

    Quelques nuits auparavant, il s'était retrouvé aux portes du Paradis ! Saint Pierre lui ouvrit, et il lui demanda, si dans le grand registre des entrées au Ciel, il y avait des cucugnanais. Saint Pierre jeta un oeil dans le grand livre, mais n'y trouva pas une âme. Il envoya le pauvre curé au Purgatoire. Là, il trouverait certainement une grande partie de la population. Mais à sa grande surprise et à son grand désespoir, les pages de Cucugnan dans le grand registre du Purgatoire étaient elles aussi toutes blanches ! Si ses fidèles n'étaient pas au Ciel ni au Purgatoire, il ne pourrait y aller lui-même, il se rendit donc en Enfer. Là, terrifié, il découvrit l'Eloi, le Catarinet, le mendiant, et puis Pascal Doigt de Poix, qui fabriquait son huile avec les olives de Mr Julien, ... il continua la liste des noms de tous les cucugnanais qui passaient leur "autre vie" là-bas en Enfer, à cause de leur "mauvaise vie" sur Terre. Depuis son pupitre, l'abbé Marti indiqua à ses ouailles ébahies qu'il avait pris une grande décision, qu'il la confesserait à tous : le lundi aux anciens, le mardi aux enfants, etc... Les présents devraient en informer la population. Après avoir bien nettoyé l'église, le brave abbé récupéra enfin ses fidèles, pour fêter sa réussite, il organisa une grande procession avec moults cierges et chants, à travers les rues de Cucugnan...

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