Thursday, March 26, 2009

Carcassone on a Budget

I promise to come up with some brand new blogging tidbits on travel when the time is right, as my life is kinda topsy turvy at the moment. I keep contacting certain travel blogs to see if they want my submissions - and they do - but then I forget to write them. What is wrong with me? I really need my head on straigh :S

Anyhoo, if you're going to France anytime soon, please go visit the wonderfully captured town of Carcassonne. For anyone fond of remembering the days of yore and running around a castle pretending to be a princess (or a knight) this place is for you. The shopping ain't too shabby either! I recall there being an excellently stocked Mango, however I also recall that was the weekend I ran out of money (one of the weekends, sigh, oh me).

For budget's sake, I am going to blog about Sid's Mum's Backpackers in Carcassonne. Or rather, just outside of it.

I will get into the WONDERFUL town of Carcassonne next week, but because I feel rushed and tipsy, I should first blog about this wonderful backpackers.

For anyone going to the medieval village of Carcassonne - and I am sorry but ALL visitors to France MUST make time for this place - Sid's Mum's (Sidsmums) is the place to go.

Of course, I may be biased because they gave me free (leftover) champagne upon my arrival and they were totally ready to feed me (again, this had a lot to do with running out of money that weekend - thank God I prepaid for the hostel!)....

And of course the cabins were a wonderful place to get some shut-eye....

And the nearby landscape of vineyards and lavender fields were soothing to the soul...

And the hostel itself is a beautifully rustic farmhouse of open spaces and relaxing grounds...

And if you don't believe me, read the following:

SIDSMUMS is a small, English family run hostel (backpackers) located in the tranquil village of Preixan on the northern foothills of the Pyrenees. This circulade village (500 people and 1,000 years of history) is just 10 kms (6 miles) south of the famous medieval Cité of Carcassonne, overlooks the Aude River and the woodlands and vineyards of the Malapère region.

The function of a hostel is to provide a comfortable and affordable base from which to explore the surrounding region. Having explored the area ourselves, we are happy to help you plan walks and tours and to provide detailed maps of the area. We have our own excursion book which we hope you will help us to expand and improve, and we can point you towards castles, caves and abbeys, we can hire you a pushbike or even lend you the dog! From the best biking roads to the most spectacular view, we are in the know.

When your day of exploring is complete, we are confident that you will find Sidsmums to be a welcoming place where you can relax and unwind - and it is our sincerest hope that you will make some new friends - or get re-acquainted with old friends - while doing so.

We offer a large, well equipped kitchen so that you can eat the food that you want, whenever you want, and at supermarket prices. You may choose to prepare a picnic - ask us to suggest some wonderful places to eat it - or perhaps join with us and other guests for a BBQ on the terrace.

We provide fridges so that you can stock up for a couple of days at the supermarket on your way through town. There is a "boulangerie" in the village for French bread and croissants, and there's a small general store in the next village 3 kms away. We provide tea and coffee and you can pick your own herbs in the garden to give your food that special French feel ..

Also in the village, the Relais de Preixan offers excellent traditional French cuisine and a small bar. Close by there is a Pizzeria/Brasserie and a Routiers (truck stop).

For those who crave a little respite from the often hectic pace of backpacking - we know, we've been there - there is a large garden behind the hostel where you can work on your Mediterranean tan or read a book under a tree. A small library of books is available; we have cards; we have board games; you can even try your hand at pétanque (boules).

Town (cafés, restaurants, bars, etc) the infamous O'Sheridans Irish Pub and the medieval Cité are 10kms away. The hostel provides a lift each day into Carcassonne to complement the buses which operate to and from town every day, except on Sunday.

The hostel itself accommodates 6 people in three twin bedded rooms. In addition there are four cabins available for bookings of two to four people each. We provide bedding at no extra charge.

What do you say? Go to Sidsmum's today!

8 said they wanna go too:

Blogger Pretty Little Pictures wanderlusted...

Your travels sound lovely!! I'm planning on traveling at the end of this year - exciting!!

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous wanderlusted...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


11:42 PM  
Blogger Alice X wanderlusted...

god i wish i was travilling:(

8:33 PM  
Blogger Emz wanderlusted...

oh wow I'm totally going to go check this out when I'm in Paris!

12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous wanderlusted...

oh wow looks so cute! i would love to go

9:46 AM  
Blogger Victoria C wanderlusted...

looks beautiful, and who can say no to france and free champy! xx

7:57 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth wanderlusted...

i love your blog! :)

6:47 PM  
Blogger Georgie said wanderlusted...

SO beautiful.

10:49 AM  

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