Smithsonian Channel explores France’s ‘Wild Carcassonne’

Smithsonian continues the journey to Europe’s “Wild Castles” with a trip through Carcassonne’s history and wildlife:

North of the Pyrenees mountain range stands France’s ancient Carcassonne, a stone fortress that has faced sieges, endured the brutality of the Spanish Inquisition, and thrived as a center of wealth during the salt trade a millennia ago. Today, it’s a protected sanctuary and an avian paradise for robust avocets, exotic flamingos, and other birds.