Subject: Re: Barcelona & S. of France travel tips
Hello Rui and Ziners:

Carcasonne evokes mixed feelings. It truly is picturesque, but it has become very touristy and can be tacky. From time to time it will be densely packed with tourists and as a result it will be loaded with pickpockets. I believe that there is a Best Western hotel within the walls, a place to stay if you want to go there. We have been to the castle twice, once in season and once out of season. The latter was terrific for you get to see the castle without having to deal with the hordes of tourists. Would I recommend a visit? Yes, but use a money belt and hide your purse.

Tom in Carlisle.