When I think of France I think of the Aude, in Languedoc-Roussillon. When I think of the Aude I think of colours, smells, tastes, textures, light and sounds. Tourism is relaxed. The wine is wonderful.
The Aude is the "other south of France". It's one of the departments in Languedoc-Roussillon. Other than the Mediterranean beaches and resorts it's a relatively undiscovered vacation destination.
You'll be hard pressed to find tee shirts and ball caps except in the coastal tourist towns and in La Cite in Carcassonne.
The Aude stretches from the Mediterranean in the east to Castelnaudary in the west, the Montagne Noire in the north and the Pyrénées in the south.
Carcassonne is the capital and the other major centres are Narbonne and Limoux.
With a population of about 310,000 the Aude represents .5% of the population of France and 14.1% of the population of Languedoc.