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Country Living readers looking for the ultimate literary escape this year can delve into the world of myths and mystery with author Kate Mosse in Carcassonne on a unique tour of the medieval southern French town.
The magical hilltop citadel of Carcassonne was the inspiration for Kate's best-selling novels, including Labyrinth, and was also loved by other creatives such as Walt Disney. Remember the magical castle in the opening credits of his films? It's modelled on this beautiful town.
Walking through its warm stone alleys and gazing up at the turrets and fortified walls, you’re filled with a sense of awe and wonder.
It’s no surprise then, that this historic French spot has greatly influenced Mosse's best-loved book, The Burning Chambers. Her award-winning Languedoc trilogy, made up of Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel, tell stories of the region through time.
“It's my passion for the history and landscape of the Languedoc region, and Carcassonne’s medieval citadel in particular, that inspires my storytelling,” she says. “Whenever I see its 52 turrets and towers, the mellow stone against the blue sky, I can hardly believe it is real."
Now, you too have the amazing opportunity to set foot in this fantastic ancient city and meet the novelist on an exclusive seven-day tour, visiting sites like Mirepoix's traditional market and the ruins of Montsegur's castle, the Cathars’ last stronghold.
You will stay within Carcassonne’s fortified walls, at the atmospheric four-star Le Donjon and have the chance to visit Rennes les Bains, the small village that features in The Burning Chambers, known for its natural hot springs.
Following in the characters’ footsteps, you'll visit regions beyond Carcassonne, including Toulouse, Narbonne and Béziers. You will also hear from Kate in an exclusive talk and Q&A.
Book your place on this wonderful week-long tour and enjoy dinner and drinks with Kate Mosse in majestic Carcassonne this October.
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