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The Bath in the Bedroom

By Rachael Mogan McIntosh It’s the bath in the bedroom that sold me on the house in Sommieres. I’m a bath aficionado (you might even say a crazy-eyed obsessive) and the tub is my happiest of happy places, second only to my bed. To have one…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 8

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Vive la difference!

By Judith Stafford I’ve Frexitted. I am Britside. I’m on the opposite bank of the Channel having spent a long, languorous Summer in the Languedoc. I’m waving…… helllloooo! It’s getting chilly here – I’ve…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 24

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From Autignac with love

Eric de Turckheim, together with Martine and Denis Feigel, bought Château…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 17

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Olive harvest begins two weeks early in…

Harvests are decidedly early this year. After the grape harvests that began at the…

France 3/Scoop, Oct 27

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2,000 people make human chain around Carcassonne

On Thursday afternoon, 2,000 people linked hands to encircle the fortress at Carcassonne.…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 14

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Barber from Sète in the race for best barber…

Geoffrey Kvot is a hairdresser-barber who works between Sète and Balaruc-les-Bains,…

France 3/Scoop, Oct 7

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Driven Round the Bend

By Judith Stafford We’ve planned an away day to the beautiful beach at Valras.…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 29

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And if it were you? It's time to help!

Some of you may have read the serialisation of the book ‘And if it were you?’…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 29

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From Wollongong to France

By Rachael Mogan McIntosh Scrolling through an expat-advice thread one afternoon,…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 23

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Tastes en Minervois

By midihideaways Last weekend, the village of Bize-Minervois hosted a festival…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 8

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Editor’s note

Just a little note to say that we’ll be taking a few days off over the next…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 18

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No need for concern over shark sightings

Blue shark sightings close to beaches along the Mediterranean coast have been on…

The Connexion, Aug 18

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Cycling is back in the Languedoc in August

The Vuelta a Espana will be starting in Nimes this year. Tour de France winner Chris…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 29

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200th Anniversary Celebration

200th Anniversary Celebration at Domaine Saint Hilaire  The weekend of 29th…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 22

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Holiday season scams

The holiday season is here, and sadly that also means that the scammers and thieves…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 22

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The future of the Hérault caviar

A former researcher of IFREMER is trying to produce caviar in the Hérault…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 14

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Photo competition - running water

The Languedoc Photography Group have been sending photos of running water in the…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 7

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Fairy godmother from Olargues

Pauline Giles has lived in Olargues, l’Hérault since 1989. Before she…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 30

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Ripples across the Ocean

By Judith Stafford There are strangers staying in my French house. They're not builders.…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 23

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Heatwave on the way!

High temperatures are forecast across France from Sunday. The mercury is set to…

The Connexion, Jun 10

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Béziers new TGV station, now where?

Is there light at the end of the tunnel, in this case tunnels? Shortly after the…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 3

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The Camargue

By John Pekich The man was lean, fit, perhaps five-feet-eight, with a rugged face…

LanguedocLiving, May 19

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Getting out of Montpellier

By Michelle Orai The great thing about living in Montpellier is that not only do…

LanguedocLiving, May 6

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How to help Languedoc Solidarity with Refugees

We’ve recently published details about a fundraising day for Languedoc Solidarity…

LanguedocLiving, May 6

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Pouzolles Mayor inaugurates new ground for…

The Mayor of the Hérault village who stepped in to save the department’s…

LanguedocLiving, May 6

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Lipstick on a Pig—Searching for Property

Photos and text by Steve Meltzer Six years ago after selling our house in America…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 22

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Taking to the roads in Montpellier

By Michelle Orai  Driving through the streets of Montpellier on any given day,…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 15

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First impressions of Montpellier

By Michelle Orai I tend to ‘gush’ quite a lot about Montpellier. I think…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 8

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More refreshing honesty from a local estate…

Freddy Rueda from Real Estate Languedoc has been talking to us again about…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 8

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Saturday riding lessons

By Lynn Michell So I’m hanging on by one foot in one stirrup with my body…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 1

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Learning the French you need at Centre Hobson

Learning a language is easy for those with the necessary aptitude but many, if not…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 1

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Fitting into Montpellier

By Michelle Orai  I often refer to a notion called the Montpellier Clock, it…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 25

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Pézenas takes to the skies

By Chris Elliott   Almost hidden, high up on the front of a house in the rue…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 25

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More honest answers from a Languedoc estate…

This week, we spoke to Freddy Rueda again from Real Estate Languedoc to…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 18

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Pouzolles saves Languedoc’s only cricket…

Pouzolles’ Mairie has stepped in to provide Midi CC, the only active cricket…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 11

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Thoughts from a Languedoc estate agent

We spoke to Freddy Rueda from Real Estate Languedoc to get his views on the…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 4

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The latest from Parsley, oops, Béziers…

The latest from Parsley, no I am sorry, from Béziers sidings  The announcement…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 4

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Photo competition –winter scenes

This month’s Languedoc Living competition with the Languedoc Photography Group was…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 10

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Appassionata wants you!

You may have heard about Appassionata. You may have seen the choir on various stages…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 10

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My favourite road in the world

By Ronnie Smith  I drive back and forth along the A75 every day from Pezenas…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 4

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La Ferme de Doudou

Nearly two weeks ago, senseless acts of vandalism and cruelty were carried out at…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 27

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The Phantom Station at Montpellier’

More reflections from Parsley Sidings, this time about an Agatha Christie-style…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 7

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Tips from Magalas Sidings

By Chris Elliott Tips from Parsley Sidings, as we need to be a bit more patriotic…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 31

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Cathars – the facts and the howlers

James McDonald is a local Cathar expert. He is an author, public speaker and historian…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 24

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Mediterranean sharks threatened with extinction

Overfishing is threatening our species, and in fact a study by UICN (Union Internationale…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 17

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Where retreat means the opposite of running…

Lerab Ling, where retreat means the opposite of running away Lerab Ling Buddhist…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 3

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Toulouse hits the rankings of THE place…

Toulouse or the "Ville Rose" as it is called, has topped many a ranking and is pulling…

The Local, Nov 11

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Apology by the Bishop of Pamiers

By James McDonald   On October 16, 2016, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Pamiers…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 29

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Linguistics

By Ronnie Smith  Having arrived in France three months ago possessing an utterly…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 14

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Beware a bargain!

By La Vie Anglaise    Bargain hunting at French supermarkets can be a…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 24

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3 in 1 appeal

Rachel Thornton is collecting on behalf of three causes: Refugee camp in Lebanon,…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 17

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Cathar women

In a time when women were expected to carry out household tasks, and had a much…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 9

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No Fly ZZZZZone

By a Languedoc Living reader. A couple of years ago we went to see Jeff Goldblum…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 27

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CSF events

If you want to support CSF and help them raise some money this week, there are three…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 27

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Hit the Road Jaques

Hit the Road Jaques By AA Lil Despite the fact that Valras Plage is a relatively…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 13

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The Heresy of Perfection

The Heresy of Perfection: the doomed but enduring beliefs of the Cathars By Nick…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 29

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Life is a pilgrimage - part 2

By Eva Hamori "Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest on the roadside…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 11

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Balls of Steel

Judith Stafford shows us how Anglophones possibly cheese off the locals from time…

LanguedocLiving, May 21

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Great news for the Syrian family in Béziers

You may have read about the Syrian family living in Béziers The family…

LanguedocLiving, May 14

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Cassoulet spreads its wings

Cassoulet, the dish combining beans and duck - in the original recipe - is proudly…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 9

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Skiving over Melons

By Languedoc Living reader Judith Stafford  We've all enjoyed an afternoon…

LanguedocLiving, Apr 1

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SNCF goes Low Cost

If you are looking for a low cost train ticket then you need to look no further…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 11

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A success story

We’ve written a lot about the group Languedoc: Solidarité avec les…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 4

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When is a High Speed Railway Line not quite…

The simple answer is when we are talking about the proposed new line from Nimes…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 26

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Yes we can

We all had some good news this week, when we heard that our petition to keep Béziers…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 19

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The Tiny Details

Many of you will now be familiar with Languedoc: Solidarité avec les Refugiés/Solidarity…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 19

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Book draw winner

We are very pleased to announce that the winner of the draw for Leita Kaldi Davis’…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 19

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Béziers and Nîmes airports

Following the recent reports about Béziers and Nîmes airports being…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 12

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Château St Pierre de Serjac

Karl O’Hanlon has done it again.  The magnificent Château St Pierre…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 12

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A house in Trausse

Book draw for Leita Kaldi Davis’ book A House In Trausse   Don’t…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 12

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Transport in the new region

The new region of Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrenees chooses its new vice president…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 12

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A House in Trausse - Part Three

Last week we left Leita and Bob discovering the delights of the cherry festival,…

LanguedocLiving, Feb 5

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A House in Trausse - Part Two

Last week we heard how Leita found the house in Trausse, and we left her discovering…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 29

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Béziers Cap d'Agde airport - fighting back

On Thursday, we went to Béziers airport to hear about the new partnership…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 29

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Letter from a Storm Zone – the conclusion

Some several weeks after the devastating storm of 12 September, we join Patrick…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 16

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Letter from a Storm Zone – Part Nine

Over recent weeks, we’ve watched as Patrick Moon battled with bureaucracy…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 8

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Help for Syria - Newsflash

Faced with the disastrous crisis in Syria and the difficulties facing the Syrian…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 8

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Letter from a Storm Zone – Part Eight

We left Patrick Moon mildly stunned at the sight of the burglar alarm repair man’s…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 31

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Letter from a Storm Zone – Part Seven

Last week we saw Patrick Moon finally make his first small advance in the direction…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 24

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Réveillon traditions and treats

For those of you who haven’t spend a New Year in France yet, here are some…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 24

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Letter from a Storm Zone – Part Six

We last saw Patrick Moon glumly leaving his Insurance Company’s office - little…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 18

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Treize Desserts

Andrea Swan has been quizzing her neighbour about the Treize Desserts. Originating…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 18

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Letter from a Storm Zone – Part Five

It’s now two days since the epic storm that did so much destruction at Patrick…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 11

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Letter from a Storm Zone – Part Four

We left Patrick Moon just as the unpalatable realisation was dawning that very few…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 5

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Letter from a Storm Zone – Part Three

In the last couple of episodes, we’ve watched as Patrick Moon’s home…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 27

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What a way to run a railway!

By Chris Elliott. For those of us old enough to remember standing at the end of…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 27

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Letter from a Storm Zone – Part Two

Last week we watched as the major storms of 12 September wrought havoc at Patrick…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 14

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Letter from a Storm Zone

Many readers will have tales to tell from the recent storms. As he recovers from…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 6

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Helping Refugees

Helping Where We Live - Languedoc: Solidarity with Refugees/Solidarité Avec…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 24

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AA Lil goes for a train ride

By AA Lil.  Money. Get away. What can you do with one euro today? Well, you…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 24

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Occitanie

From September 7 to 28, readers of Midi Libre and other local newspapers in the…

LanguedocLiving, Oct 2

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History 101 - Saints & Sinners

By Rachel Thornton.   Most of us living in the area would have heard about…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 25

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What's in a name?

Vote for the name for the new region   The Midi-Pyrénées and…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 10

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Fete des Etoiles Filantes

By Languedoc Living reader Judith Stafford. The Perseids. The August meteor showers.…

Reader, Sep 5

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Street is named after Jimi Hendrix

ROCK legend Jimi Hendrix has had a street named after him – in a small local village…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 14

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A tip for anyone catching a train at Montpellier

Now that the cathedral-like hall of Montpellier Saint Roch station is in use; you…

Reader, Aug 1

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La Gorge Fraiche Ambrée

This review is by Richard Neville.   A new beer has been released from this…

Reader, Jul 17

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Five-Element Balancing

Johnny Childs and his partner Gerad Kite live in Roujan and are undertaking renovations…

LanguedocLiving, Jul 4

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French school holidays 2015/2016 – Update!

There are three terms in the school year, starting in September. Dates of French…

LanguedocLiving, Jun 26

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Life is like a box of chocolates

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. Well, you…

Reader, Jun 12

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The Mediterranean tree frogs are breeding

The Mediterranean tree frog or stripeless tree frog (Hyla meridionalis) is a species…

LanguedocLiving, May 20

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It’s all change for the Intercités chez…

This article was written by Chris Elliott , Languedoc Living reader and train enthusiast.…

Reader, Apr 24

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Spain's newest export to France: Vultures

It is well known that France imports Spain’s wine, its jamon and its olive…

The Local, Apr 11

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The WIC (Women’s International Club) Méditérranée

The WIC (Womens International Club) Méditérranée is a club…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 28

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Mouflon on the Caroux

The mouflon is an emblematic image for the Caroux Massif National Park. Around 200,000…

LanguedocLiving, Mar 13

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Eating on the terrace

With the warm, sunny March days here, it’s the perfect time for this weeks’…

Reader, Mar 6

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News from Montpellier airport

The parking facilities at Montpellier airport are going to be made bigger and…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 30

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Holiday dates

If you're planning a holiday, or simply want to avoid travel times when the schools…

LanguedocLiving, Jan 24

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Swimming in December...?

Each year, several seaside resorts in the area offer the mad and the brave an…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 19

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Truffles!

A symbol of luxury and French gastronomy, this black princess buried in the soil…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 12

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France’s High Speed /Lines (LGVs)

Many SNCF enthusiasts and readers may well know the latest state of play, but just…

Reader, Dec 12

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Dog Rescue Carcassonne

Dog Rescue Carcassonne was founded as an Association, and is the English speaking…

LanguedocLiving, Dec 6

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Fly in the ointment

The fly that could make the price of olive oil go sky high France’s olive…

LanguedocLiving, Nov 22

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This is Languedoc living

It is the end of October, the season of evening mists and mellow fruitfulness, but…

Reader, Oct 31

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A happy ending

Languedoc Living readers from La Vie Anglaise have a happy ending to report.  …

Reader, Oct 25

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A propos apero

We are of the half and half variety of "Languedoc Livers". We have one leg in, one…

Reader, Oct 24

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Sharing Boom

Sharing Boom: come stay at my place, I rent my spare room! Renting out the spare…

MidiLibre/Scoop, Oct 11

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To miss and be missed in the Languedoc

Languedoc Living reader Judith Stafford is catching up with family members... When…

Reader, Oct 3

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La vie en rosé

More fun from Judith Stafford.... Early one morning, we received an email from a…

Reader, Sep 26

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The aftermath

The Lamalousiens are calling it a tsunami. The aftermath of the tragedy in the Orb…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 26

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Oysters

Fred and Sandrine run an oyster business in Meze. Fred was born in Meze, Sandrine…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 26

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"la rentrée"

Decoding "la rentrée" Have you been caught out by the layers of subtlety…

Reader, Sep 20

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The Aubrac Express

Chris Elliott, author of the Lost Railway Lines of l’Hérault, has written…

Reader, Sep 19

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Social life - a tough nut to crack?

A great life story from Languedoc Living readers Steve and Jacqueline. So how…

Reader, Sep 9

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Finally, a decent beer!

Thankyou Richard Neville, Languedoc Living reader, for this article. Having sold…

LanguedocLiving, Sep 6

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The curious roots of French provincial rugby

The French professional club “Top 14” Rugby season began in earnest…

BB, Sep 4

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Scribbles from Robin

WoW said good-bye to Robin Hicks back in November 2013, and the site has seen many…

LanguedocLiving, Aug 30

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Lost in the mountains

Thankyou Jan Russell, Languedoc Living reader, for this walk review.   Well,…

Reader, Aug 29

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Letting go

 I hope this article from Judith Stafford makes you laugh out loud too! When…

Reader, Aug 28

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WoW founder’s tales - early days and more

WoW said good-bye to Robin Hicks back in November 2013, and the site has seen many…

Scoop, Aug 23

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Living Together in the Languedoc

By Languedoc Living reader, James Gault of VEEM. The Languedoc is a vibrant region…

Reader, Aug 23

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Batty behaviour

Languedoc Living reader, Lilian Chambers noticed some strange behaviour with bats.…

Reader, Aug 21

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A dream come true

Another Languedoc Life story is from Languedoc Living reader, Rob Budden, who now…

Reader, Aug 20

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15 pairs of legs…?

Some more amazing pictures of insects in the Languedoc, taken by the very brave…

Reader, Aug 15

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Ten kilometres in the l'Hérault

This review of a walk was written by Languedoc Living reader Jan Russell.  …

Reader, Aug 6

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Mantids

These photos were taken by Languedoc Living reader, Mary Hawkesworth. The first…

Reader, Jul 25

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The Devil's Fingers

This article was written by Languedoc Living reader, Jan Russell. A walk followed…

Reader, Jul 7

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From Cabrières to the Caroux

This article was written by Languedoc Living reader, Jan Russell. We got it right…

Reader, Jun 30

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Why the Languedoc.....?

....Because there was nowhere else. Story submitted by a Languedoc Living Reader,…

Reader, Jun 19

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30 Degrees, Mirages, and Cold Beers

Written by Jan Russell, a LanguedocLiving Reader A friend and I decided to do the…

Reader, Jun 12

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A reason to get up early

The Languedoc has lots of hidden treasures. One of its finest treasures has to be…

Charlotte Craig, Jun 11

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“To Live my Life on the Water . . .”

East, West, Med's Best!, the book by Sarah Elizabeth Edwards. Reviewed by Petra…

Val Wineyard, Apr 25

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The Herault river – searching for the…

It seemed such a good idea at the time – we had found the source of the Orb…

Robin Hicks, Apr 18

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The “Ecole des Chantiers”

One of the more curious experiences in Languedoc can be had by driving, from time…

Geoff Taylor, Apr 2

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En garde, France, I’m going to rock your…

By Jonathan Miller, Caux, Hérault. Reproduced here by kind permission of…

Jonathan Miller, Mar 26

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The cardboard Pont du Gard

Japanese Architect Sigeru Ban has just won the 2014 Pritzker Prize for Architecture.…

New York Times, Mar 26

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Roadtrip to Languedoc

Geoff Taylor, 10-year resident of Pouzols-Minervois, writes of his first trip down…

Geoff Taylor, Mar 22