It is my theory that small harbor towns and seaside villages all over Europe are much alike. They smell of brine & seaweed and diesel fuel and they’re all a little shabby. But most of all, they generate music, if only to my ears. The rhythmic sounds of gently lapping wavelets against stone piers, the […]Read more "Marseillan or à la recherche du temps perdu"
After our visit at the ‘maison de parc’ (park headquarters) of the Grands Causses national regional park, we left Millau, driving along the Dourbie river on a small, two-lane road, D991. Road and river meander jointly deeper and deeper into the southern reaches of the Massif Central, a group of mountain ranges of volcanic origin. […]Read more "Les Grands Causses – Couvertoirade"
Copied from the website of the 48 regional natural parks in France Our friends from Costa Rica, who mingled their foot prints with ours across the sun baked garrigue of the South of France for a scant couple of weeks, have a personal and professional interest in the regional nature parks of this area. France […]Read more "Les Grands Causses – un parc naturel régional"
Following our visit to the Montpeyroux Coopérative Artesinale we wanted to check out some of the ‘Domaines’, the independent wine growers, in town. Therefore we needed to know, where the heck to find Waldo. Our friend, Professeur Tryphon Turnesol* led the way. [*Sobriquet. Orthonym withheld to preserve dignity & honor. It was, after all, a wine […]Read more "Spittoons & Bouchons, Part II"
We owe our friends, who joint us for a while here in Pézenas, a large debt of gratitude. They aren’t idlers as we are. They’re go-getters and early risers, intrepid investigators searching for ever new opportunities to broaden their horizons. Hence they grabbed us by our necks and pulled us along on their excursions, not […]Read more "Spittoons & Bouchons, Part I"
Rain, lovely rain and big fat black clouds cancelled our outing today, which gives me a chance to try to organize some of the pictures I’ve taken during excursions in the countryside around Pézenas, Hérault, Languedoc-Rousillion, France … just in case, you’ve forgotten, where we are at the moment. One little trip took us to […]Read more "RAIN!!"
Are you ready for a quick leap back in time? It’s the 13th Century in the Languedoc, where Franks battle Catalans and Gascones, where Saracens, Jews, Cathars and Catholics seek to live and prosper, where minnesinger’s ballads of love and unrequited longing slowly replace Chansons de Geste, songs praising heroic deeds of warriors like Roland […]Read more "Carcassonne – Stone & Wood with Angles & Textures"