We’ve just returned from a couple of weeks in Carcassonne and if this is any indication of what life is going to be like there, we’re in for a real treat! As on numerous previous vacations, we rented an apartment through a holiday home agency so that we could pretend that we lived in whatever location we had chosen as our base for the vacation. When we first booked this trip the purpose was to find a place to live. Since that had been taken care of weeks prior to our departure, we were free to pursue an even more personal goal of meeting up with people.
The first week there was definitely the more administrative half as we met our new landlords, signed the lease to begin on March 1, and made other visits around town to places like the bank and town hall that we will frequent. I am happy to report that in each office we stopped into and explained in carefully-rehearsed French that we would soon be moving to Carcassonne we were welcomed with open arms. At least I think they said they were happy to see us!
Once the business side of the trip was complete it was time to start the party. After months of communicating via email and Facebook it was wonderful to finally meet in person fellow bloggers Tracy and Alan. We learned so much about moving to France from their blog that we were inspired to start our own in hopes of helping others.
Taking advantage of non-stop flights between England and Carcassonne, our Sheffield friends Gaynor and Pete spent the far-too-short second week with us enjoying the city and its surroundings. Although the airport really is within walking distance we picked them up in a rental car, a mode of transportation that we will not have once we move there. By the way, dear European readers, in addition to other cities in the UK, this airport also has direct service to Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Portugal.
The next few blog posts will highlight the vacation part of this trip. There were visits to towns, to markets, the sea, the mountains, and castles galore. While experiencing this was definitely a treat for us, we hope that reading about it will be the same for you as you follow along on our new French adventures!