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Visiting the Hôtel Terminus, Carcassonne, France: Belle Epoque grace dating from 1913
Elegant building near the Canal du Midi
(NB: The content of this hub is restricted to some historical perspectives of this building. Readers wishing for information about the services of this hotel should direct their enquiries to its management.)
The Hôtel Terminus — in full, Hôtel du Soleil le Terminus — has for more than a century stood at a prime location in southern France's city of Carcassonne. Its proximity to the city's railroad station — a fine, 19th century structure which I have elsewhere described — is maybe implied by the Hotel's name.
Executed in Belle Epoque style by Architect Belin, the building's main frontage on Avenue du Maréchal-Joffre. includes features such as ornate window framing and wrought balcony ironwork. There is a combination or square and rounded window shapes; rounded crafting extends to the pillared corner of the building at Avenue du Maréchal-Joffre and Boulevard Omer-Sarraut.
There is thus about the Hôtel Terminus something of the grace of a period, rapidly coming to a close even as the Hotel first opened, which was characterized by a sense of refinement and optimism, redolent of an almost carefree aura shortly before the cataclysmic outbreak of World War One.
The immediate locality of the Hôtel includes a section of the historic Canal du Midi; I have supplied (right) a view of the Canal demonstrating its proximity, in which the Hôtel Terminus is partially obscured by trees in the left background of the photo. Opposite the Hôtel Terminus is also an area of greenery known as Jardin Chenier.
The Hôtel Terminus is situated at 2, Avenue du Maréchal-Joffre, Carcassone, in France's Aude department, Languedoc-Roussillon region.
March 10, 2014
Also worth seeing
In Carcassonne itself, in addition to the citadel fortifications by Viollet-le-Duc, there are the Medieval Carcassonne Cathedral and the likewise Medieval Basilica of St. Nazaire and St. Celse.
The Hôtel Terminus is also situated conveniently for the Fine Art Museum (French: Musée des Beaux-Arts).
How to get there: United Airlines flies from New York Newark to Paris (Aéroport Paris-Charles de Gaulle ), where car rental is available; there are also domestic air services between Paris and Carcassonne airport (Aéroport de Carcassonne Salvaza ), where car rental is also available. The French railroad company SNCF maintains services from Paris to Carcassonne (Paris-Carcassonne: distance: 768 kilometres). Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. For up to date information, please check with the airline or your travel agent.
MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada.
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