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A November weekend

Posted by celiahukins on 25/11/2009


The friends who came for the weekend (Bristol to Béziers flight) reminded me how many things the Languedoc has to offer. It was the second time they had visited; this time we spend Friday in Béziers, enjoying the cathedral and wandering round the old town, and of course having lunch. We ate at le Cristal on the Allées Paul Riquet where I had been in the Spring, and enjoyed a wonderful fish stew. Next time I must find another car park which has spaces you can actually get into. We parked in the car park under the Place Jean Jaurès and the pillars are always in the way.. We drove back to Lodève in the late afternoon – time to reacquaint my friends with a pastis for an aperitif.

You can’t let Saturday morning go by without a visit to the market at Lodève. We bought goats cheese, olives, tielles, pears and clementines. Then it seemed a good idea to pause for glass of rosé before going back up the hill for lunch. We wondered about eating some oysters from the adjacent stall, but gave them a miss as we had the tielles to eat for lunch at the house. We ate them outside in the sunshine with a salad of local tomatoes.

The olive shop in Clermont l’Hérault is another essential stop on a weekend tour, and we went there on Saturday afternoon. As well as olive oil, they have a wonderful range of things made with olives and olive wood, including soap, shower gel and various cooking implements, and local produce as well. It always keeps my visitors happy, but unfortunately as they only have hand luggage booked with Ryanair, they are limited as to what they can take back.

On Sunday we drove up to the Cirque de Navacelles, which looked quite different at this time of year. After that we drove across the plateau to Le Caylar. There was thick fog on the way but we decided it had cleared enough to drive on up to the Millau bridge, and it wsa certainly well worth the drive.

Here’s an article from the Independent on a weekend in Beziers
http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/48-hours-in/48-hours-in-bziers-1673662.html

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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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