For a more Roman take on your journey to the Carolingian Empire, look no further than to the south and west of the River Loire. Covered by the ubiquitous forest of western Europe, Aquitaine was marked by a strong spirit of independence fueled by the unique blend of Roman and Germanic cultures present. A dense forest covered much of Aquitaine. In fact, the forest was so thick it forced residents to adopt different farming techniques from those of their Germanic cousins to the north.
Further south lie the Pyrenees, the great mountains which divide the former Gaul from what would become Catalonia. Beautiful beaches and the opportunity to visit proto-Barcelona are sure to make this an unforgettable experience for travelers.
Expect low humidity, hot summers, and cold winters in northern and central Aquitaine. South of the Pyrenees, pack for the beach, and take some time off to enjoy the sun!
For more on weather and climate, check out our survival guide
for the Carolingian Empire.
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Kenneth Baruch, “Forest in Burgundy,” https://www.flickr.com/photos/tinken/99206505/ (Accessed November 21, 2017).
Toniher, “Català,” https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a6/Platja_del_Port_d%27en_Perris_-_l%27Escala.JPG, (Accessed November 21, 2017).