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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


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Travelling light

Posted by celiahukins on 18/09/2009

Travelling light
Out of season it’s easy and cheap to commute between the UK and France, thanks to Ryanair and Easyjet. You can do it for 5 euros with Ryanair, but there are several tricks you need to know. One important one is to have hand luggage only. As I have a wardrobe in the UK and a basic one in France (the French one mainly thanks to Primark) I don’t usually have that much to carry by way of clothes. And if I take the bus from Montpellier to Lodève it’s easy to walk up the hill to the house.

Overloaded rucksack

The first time I went through Paris with a rucksack I was very embarrassed as I always feel you should dress smartly there. However, now I’ve got used to rucksacks I don’t mind the backpacker image (and maybe backpackers are more chic than they used to be?)

It’s important to remember that you’re only allowed one piece of hand luggage. Sometimes (depends how they’re feeling) Ryanair are very sticky about this. So you have to be able to stuff your handbag, laptop etc into your rucksack somehow, although it seems to be OK to carry your books, newspapers etc in your hand.

Asus pc
There isn’t room for a big laptop, so I have an Asus pc which fits neatly into my handbag. You have to get the laptop out (along with your liquids) to go through security, then put it back in again.

Hand luggageIf I have the car at the airport I can manage a reasonable sized case (weighing no more than 10 kilos, dimensions 55cm x 40cm x 20cm) which can hold quite a lot, but of course no liquids or sharp items.

This means not only wine on the France UK trip, but also your favourite shampoo / mouthwash / corkscrew on the UK France leg.

Oh all right, so this can be complicated, but it’s worth the hassle for a 5 euro flight.

Some other money saving tips
– thanks to Money Saving Expert

Make sure you’re on the airline’s mailing list to pick up cheap deals when they are announced. And of course you need to check in online.

Use a Visa Electron (Cash Passport) card. You can get this at Thomas Cook or order online at Travelex. I’ve recently got round to getting one and it has been well worth it, saving me the £5 credit card fee on a £5 (or 5 euro) flight. You preload the card with the amount of money you specify. You don’t have to put much money on.

Next week I’m having a wee trip to Aix en Provence, Cézanne country. (I had booked an Easyjet flight to Montpellier but then we got a booking for the house, so I thought I’d use the flight anyway). After that it will be back to the commute.

Her’s a link (nearly up to date) to all you need to know about
flights to the Languedoc

And here’s a link to the song which inspired the title of this post…

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