Rugby really?

Screen Shot 2019-10-09 at 11.12.14A group of UK friends, all rugby mad, have been spending the past few weeks in a rented accomodation in Collioures by the seaside.

They decided to take the opportunity andcome here to Carcassonne for a couple of days. I picked them up at the train station lunch time a couple of days ago and we started with a fairly busy program I had kind of planned.

 

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After checking in their hotel “Les Trois Couronnes”, we went for lunch on Place Carnot followed by a short walk round town and then to my house for the obligatory after lunch coffee. I “gave” them a couple of hours free time which was an excuse for me to have my daily nap.

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We arranged to meet at the hotel at 6pm so we could walk to my friend’s “Cave à Vin” for a wine tasting. Dominique who runs the place did an excellent job and introduced the gang to Bio and Naturel Wine. I think everyone was suitably impressed with the wines and the clear and knowledgeable explanations from Dominique.

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AT Natur’Halles

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Time to go for dinner a few hundred yards away at the “Brasserie des 4 Temps”. Excellent dinner once again with good wine and a nice Armagnac to finish before everyone went home.

 

Day 2

We meet at 10 am and go to town again to purchases a few cases of wine from Dominique. I shall have to pick them up and arrange shipment to the UK at some point.
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As planned we walk up to the Cité for a tour folowed by  lunch at “Comte Roger“. Beautiful day to sit outside.

 

 

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Aperitif time before the meal

A couple of the guys had to have the well known Cassoulet.

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All in all an excellent lunch and we were really well looked after by my friend, owneer and chef Pierre. Very enjoyable and one of the best lunch I have had in a while.

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On the way down back into town, there is the obligatory photo on the “Pont Vieux” with the Cité in the background.

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A couple of hours left before the gang has to catch their train home. Time to pick up their overnight bags left at the hotel and head into town for a last drink “Chez Felix” Place Carnot.

We part our ways a couple of hours later but it is only a short au revoir since I am going to join them in a couple of days in Collioure for an overnight and watch the England – France match. That could prove interesting.

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In the meantime the match is cancelled due to a major typhoon hitting Japan. Both teams which are already qualified for the quarter final are awarded a no score draw.

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