Thursday, October 20, 2011

Summer in Spain - with Mr Harper

Paul Norman uploaded this photo to the Facebook page - I Survived Wyre Farm School

Brai Harper used to take pupils of Spain every summer. This is a group of us - from the left Paul Norman, Dave Mansell, Mick Storer, Brai Harper, Donald Worsley and Roger Mason. Note Don's tropical topi - obviously expecting hot weather.

Paul Norman It was Carcassonne in France. We drove down stopping off at a few places on the way.

Some photos from the internet -

"Medieval Carcassonne is a fortified town rather than a castle - and perhaps the most impressive fortified medieval town to be found. Which is ironic, because in the middle of the 19th century it was in such bad repair that it became scheduled for demolition, to be saved by the efforts of the local mayor, who called in the new 'historic monuments' department to take a look.

The city was saved, the well known architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc took the renovation project in hand, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Due to its position on historical routes across France the location has been occupied for more than 5,000 years, and was an important centre from 2,500 years ago onwards. It was first fortified by the Romans, and given the name Carcaso. After the Romans were driven out Cracassonne fell in the hands of various of the invading tribes, and became more fortified and developed, especially after falling into the hands of the powerful Viscount Trencavel." Read more here

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