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Carcassonne: It’ll be a long day in January

12 months, 12 destinations, 12 photos. iPhone only, no tricks, no material, just a little filter maybe… I will show you how beautiful the world is if you just open your eyes and step outside of your daily routine. Let’s kick off this new series with the long month of January that started in Carcassonne, France.

January in Carcassonne
Carcassonne, France

2018 started strong, since it started on the road. On the first days of January, I was waking up in the small village of Conhilac-Corbières, half-way between Narbonne and Carcassonne, in the Languedoc region of France.

The Languedoc is a region rich in medieval history. Needless to say, our main activity was strolling along little villages nested in the heart of hills and hills of garrigue. We started with the famous fortified town of Carcassonne: a very impressive medieval fortress, added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. But our winter months road trip also took us to incredible locations, like Lagrasse or Minerve (photo above), that you can only find if you exit the main road and venture in the narrow paths that go straight into the hills.

While you don’t need to be an expert driver, expect some twists and turns, narrow roads and impressive cliffs. All the better for me, just the type of tracks I like to follow.

We chose the Languedoc region in January because we we looking to get a little bit of warmer weather in the winter months, I must confess that was a fail. Despite being in the southern part of France, those departments get hit by grey skies, light rains and cold temperatures just the same. But, on another hand, being there off season gave an eeriness to the empty paved streets that I couldn’t help but finding endearing.

After this first escapade of the year, if I chose to stay in Lyon for a few weeks, it’s only to save up and give you more and better images of the world in the months to come.

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