Cover Photo: Looking through a stone embrasure at a catapult in the village of Minerve, near Carcassonne, France.

Southern France is renowned for its delicious wine, dramatic scenery, and historical sites. One of the most prominent attractions is the walled city of Carcassonne. The city’s crenelated walls, metallic turrets, and cobblestone streets draw over three million visitors a year.

However, the story behind the city’s namesake is especially interesting. Legend has it that a woman by the name of Lady Carcas saved the city from a crippling siege. Despite being on the verge of starvation, Lady Carcas stuffed a pig full of wheat and released it from the city’s walls into the enemy troops beyond. 

Believing that the city’s defenders had so much wheat that they were able to feed their pigs with it, the attackers gave up and disappeared over the horizon. As a result, the city began to ring its bells in celebration, which became known as Carcas’s Sound, or Carcassonne.

I recently wrote an article and created a video for International Living. Read more about Carcassonne here, and feel free to watch the video below. I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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