Celia's blog

Musings on life in Lodeve, Languedoc

Friday lunch in Beziers

Posted by celiahukins on 17/05/2009

Le Cristal
A sunny Friday morning in Béziers; as we drive south from Lodève the weather improves and the clouds clear to reveal blue sky. We stand outside the cathedral and look down over the plain and across to the Larzac hills which you can see in the distance. It’s pleasant walking around (though we never find Tourist Information) and soon it’s time for lunch. We survey the cafés along the Allées Paul Riquet (he who designed the Canal du Midi) and finally decide on Le Cristal. We sit outside the restaurant, rather than at the other tables on the Allées which have plastic awnings over them today as it’s windy and perhaps not that warm. I decide on the plat du jour with a glass of wine for 10.90 – bouillabaisse with rouille. My friend has spaghetti with prawns and pistou. We become aware that all the conversation around us is English; fragments drift across, talk of friends, children and weddings, grandchildren’s schools, visits to chateaux. However it feels very French in spite of our English companions and we have a relaxing lunch.

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