Languedoc-Roussillon

Guide to Montpellier old town

Written by on April 5, 2018 in Languedoc-Roussillon
Guide to Montpellier old town

Montpellier is the capital city of the Herault department, Occitanie (formerly called Languedoc-Roussillon). It used to be a fishing village many years ago, now it’s a cool town with a hip vibe. The sun shines pretty much from spring through autumn and then some – 300 days a year on average of sun. There’s no […]

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Mazamet the perfect base close to Carcassonne, Toulouse and Albi

Written by on April 3, 2018 in Languedoc-Roussillon
Mazamet the perfect base close to Carcassonne, Toulouse and Albi

There are so many reasons to visit this largely undiscovered heritage town in the Tarn. Mazamet is nestled at the edge of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountains) with its vast forests. It’s in the heart of the regional natural park of Haute-Languedoc. Located between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, it’s just 90 minutes from the […]

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The wines and terroir of Aude, southwest France

Written by on January 29, 2018 in Languedoc-Roussillon
The wines and terroir of Aude, southwest France

Producing over 7 billion bottles of wine each year French wine making is big business. Along with neighbours Spain and Italy, their wines account for 50% of the world’s total wine exports. With viniculture in France dating to the 6th century BC there’s a lot of history and heritage in every bottle. But, look beyond […]

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Enjoy a winter visit and Christmas in Carcassonne Languedoc France

Written by on November 29, 2017 in Languedoc-Roussillon
Enjoy a winter visit and Christmas in Carcassonne Languedoc France

France is an all year round destination offering something for everyone. When we think of winter in France, we generally think of skiing in the Alps or the Pyrenees. But, there is so much more to this fascinating country at this time of the year. If you are a lover of myths and enchanting stories […]

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The best restaurant in Narbonne France

Written by on November 14, 2017 in Languedoc-Roussillon
The best restaurant in Narbonne France

France is known the world over for its food. Every town and city offers its own delicacy, produces its own cheese and has recipes passed down through the generations that have led to its identity. Historically the local bistro was a focal point where French classic dishes from bœuf bourguignon to Blanquette du veau, baba […]

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Top ten things to do in Mazamet in the Tarn, France

Written by on November 8, 2017 in Languedoc-Roussillon
Top ten things to do in Mazamet in the Tarn, France

Mazamet is in the Tarn, south of France. It’s a place of dramatic natural beauty, of soaring mountains and floral pastures, lakes and hilltop villages. So, what is there to do in and around Mazamet? Montagne Noire Mazamet’s wonderful backdrop is the stunning Montagne Noire montagne range. Despite the name, it’s an oasis of green […]

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Fabulous food themed holidays in France

Fabulous food themed holidays in France

For fabulous food themed holidays in France and gorgeous gites with an olive flavour – look no further, we’ve got you covered! Divine olive vineyard visits Olive trees have been grown in France for around 2,500 years. They were introduced by the Greeks who landed in Marseille, the oldest city in France. Homer called it […]

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Fantastic themed retreats in France

Fantastic themed retreats in France

Discover a stunning retreat in a centuries old farm-hamlet. A secret spot and special hide away in the gorgeous Tarn-et-Garonne department in southwest France – it’s the perfect place to relax and re-energise… The Happy Hamlet rustic retreat “It’s a place to love what you do and do what you love” says Suska Karjalainen who […]

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Saint-guilhem-le-Desert, Languedoc-Roussillon

Written by on October 17, 2016 in Languedoc-Roussillon
Saint-guilhem-le-Desert, Languedoc-Roussillon

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert is officially classified as one of the most beautiful villages in France, located in the Herault Valley, Languedoc-Roussillon, southern France. The Hérault Valley is home to a Mediterranean landscape as well as a renowned wine region sprinkled with olive groves. It is a place of deep Gorges and picturesque villages with a great cultural […]

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Carcassonne, Limoux and beyond in Languedoc Roussillon

Written by on October 12, 2016 in Languedoc-Roussillon
Carcassonne, Limoux and beyond in Languedoc Roussillon

It has been 30 years since I last visited Carcarssonne, a magnificently preserved medieval hilltop town in the Languedoc region of SW France. Then, as a student I ate Cassoulet and drank Corbiere wine with my French host inside the ramparts. This time I arrived straight from Limoux having made a tour of a Blanquette […]

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