Bonjour! Here, simply, are a few holiday images and a video from Carcassonne and Toulouse. We hope you enjoy!

One evening in Toulouse after seeing a movie (in English, with French subtitles):

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Floating lights above the street under which we often park
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Simple bulbs in festive cascades at Galéries Lafayette (the Macy’s of France)
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Carpet of lights above the main shopping street

A video of the shopping street and its animated lit Christmas tree:

Now on to Carcassonne:

Each year around St Nicholas’ Day, Carcassonne hosts the Marche aux Flambeaux (the march with torches).

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People gather outside La Cité, buying wax torches. The proceeds support local charities. Led by medieval reenactors, the festive crowd crosses through La Cité, out the stone gate, down the hill, across the Pont Vieux (old bridge – 14th century), and into the main square of the Bastide (the “new” city from the 13th century). Our friends Jef and Val are leaders of the medieval participants.

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The first horse at the head of the crowd, leaving the Aude Gate
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More of the merry medieval band
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Val and Jef above the crowd, with watchful eyes
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Over the Pont Vieux, with La Cité beyond
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Place Carnot
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Among the holiday cabins
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In La Cité

 

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We think Santa has the right idea.

 

One Reply to “Holiday Atmosphere”

  1. I should have came at this time so I can see all the beautiful sights 😜 and all the activities for the holidays it’s always awesome that you think of all of us and to share your beautiful home town with all your friends and making us jealous and wishing we all can be with you guys love you both happy holidays

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