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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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Spring in Lodeve?

Posted by celiahukins on 12/03/2009



I’m back in France again, after a trip to Birmingham and one to
Assisi with Voyages Jules Verne.

We flew in to Béziers airport over the lagoon on Monday; I could see Sete and other places I had been to, although I wasn’t quite sure which was which. The fields spread out in bright greens and yellows reminiscent of a Van Gogh painting. It’s always good to be back in France. This time some blossom is out and there is mimosa, but most trees are still resolutely bare.
On Tuesday morning I walked down into Lodève; smell of baking bread outside Sanchos, voices of children in the playground of the Maternelle; cafés with tables outside ready for lunch. Blossom here and there. After lunch it was sunny enough to encourage me to get the sunbed out, but on Wednesday it was dull again “Mais c’est l’hiver a Clermont l’Hérault” I hear at the market. Yes – it’s market day again. Today there are small artichokes at 2 euros the kilo, asparagus and strawberries from Spain. There are smells from the food stalls – chicken, paella, bourride. Our friends who live in France went to England recently and complained that it smelt of fast food and frying chips. Not so here – the smells are all fresh and you get hungry thinking about lunch. In the end I bought some brandade de morue for this evening.- maybe I’ll use it in stuffed tomatoes – and a tielle for lunch. I think this fish stall has the best tielles – they have chunky pieces of octopus. So, loaded down with my purchases, – peppers, courgettes, tomatoes and aubergines for ratatouille, oranges, apples, cheese and olives – I drive back to Lodève with the smells of the cheese and brandade in the car.

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