Southwestern France

We spend 5 days near Montpellier exploring the fabulous Languedoc region.

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On Friday, August 11, we had a bit of a slower start in Barcelona, enjoying a relaxing breakfast with our AirBnb host, talking about the world’s problems and how to solve them. Before we knew it, it was time to pack up and set off again. Destination: Montpellier, France.

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We were greeted at the station by Mel’s dad, who whisked us off to his friends’ place in nearby Pignan, where we would be staying for a few days. Our hosts, Marie and Daniel, were so gracious and incredibly generous; they truly gave us the royal treatment.

For days, we all ate like kings. The first evening, we were treated to a brasucade, where 7 kilos of fresh mussels were cooked in Marie’s special sauce over the outdoor wood fire. On s’est régalés (they were delicious)! Another night, we had gigot d’agneau, where an entire lamb’s leg was slow roasted on a spit for a few hours.

Over the next few days, we hung out by the pool, went to early morning wine tastings (when in France…), and visited nearby cities including Montpellier, Palavas-les-Flots and Carcassonne.

We really loved this part of France, known for its delicious food (especially duck dishes) and wine. We know we’ll be back.

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Mel’s dad and Daniel getting the fire going
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Mussels part 1

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David, Nathalie (Mel’s stepmom), Mel, Daniel and Marie
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Dig in!
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Day 2 started with a morning wine tasting at Belles Pierres (we’re pictured here with winemaker Damien Coste)
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Beautiful white horse in St. Georges d’Orque
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Delicious lunch spread
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Yummy fig dessert
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When figs go bad
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Daily afternoon swim
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Beach shot
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La gang
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Place de Peyrou, Montpellier
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Roman aqueduct, Montpellier
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Gaumont cinema in Place de la Comédie, Montpellier
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Place de la Comédie without our faces blocking it
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Our touring continued in Palavas-Les-Flots
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Rotisserie lamb
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Gigot d’agneau
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The pool at dusk
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Night swim, anyone?
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Caracassonne!
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Damn tourists…

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Cassoulet – the specialty of Carcassonne (a stew of duck, sausage and beans)

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The intrepid photographer
 

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Our last supper
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Last morning in Languedoc. Time for a bike ride!
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Not surprisingly, David found a tractor. Just like being back on the farm!
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We could totally live here
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One more wine tasting before we go: Château de l’Engarran
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One last group shot!

Where the wind takes us next: Provence!

 

6 thoughts on “Southwestern France

  1. Oh my, what a wonderful stop along your way. The food and wine look intriguing, along with the wonderful indoor cooking fireplace! Given what’s happening in the Caribbean right now, you must be feeling totally blessed…hopefully your boat is not at risk!!!

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    1. Our boat is definitely at risk and we are still waiting to hear. From what we have seen and heard, it may not be good news…

      On a lighter note, it was actually an outdoor grill, similar to an Argentine parilla! These are very common in southern France.

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  2. J’adore le T-shirt “Rosé all day”!! C’est bien de redécouvrir des superbes coins et traditions français grâce à ce post. J’attends avec impatience le post sur la Provence, je ne connais pas trop…
    Bon vent, arrivederci

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