En route to Carcassonne had another ancestry stop at Pamiers – birth place of Calixte Lachaume, Andrew’s great, great grandfather. Calixte was a watchmaker. He married Maria Sincock from Cornwall. They were grandparents to Andrew’s grandfather Marcel. Why they ended up in Noumea or if they married in England, France or New Caledonia are all questions that need a few more hours research!!
The medieval city of Carcassonne was a great place to visit. We stayed in a beautiful B&B at the base of the massive fortification. It was quite a steep climb walking up but it was so worth it. We spent the afternoon strolling around La Cité and exploring the ramparts and watch towers. The view of the surrounding countryside was lovely. We had a nice dinner in a restaurant in the city. The only thing we weren’t too keen on was an art installation that had parts of the fortress covered in yellow – well it wasn’t paint, it was like contact! An enjoyable day.