This is the third time we've visited the Languedoc Roussillion region. Each time we've wanted to see the Carcassone Citadel but never found the time ... Until now. And I can't help feeling that our three hour round trip was a day wasted. Yes, the building itself is spectacular and there are wonderful views from the ramparts of the lower town centre, surrounding Corbiere vineyards and the snow capped Pyrennes. Yes, the outside of the Cite brings to mind medieval knights and archers and, dare I say, every Robin Hood movie ever made. But then you enter the city gates and it really is "Tat central"! How many ways can you fleece tourists? In Carcassone the possibilities are endless. We've previously visited other Unesco sites in the region. St Guilhelm Le Desert is delightful. The Cathar village of Minerve is hugely atmospheric. And the Cirque de Navecelles is jaw-droppingly awesome. But Carcassone left us cold. If you only have a short time in the region, there are infinitely more genuine, authentic places to visit. But if you do find yourself in Carcassone for a visit, bring a picnic (as we did) just to avoid feeding the tourism beast.