We had a wonderful week staying in an apartment in St Chinian in the Languedoc region of France.

Apart from the fantastic market 10 metres from our front door on Sunday and Thursday, the region was full of gorgeous little towns and villages.

Some of the highlights of the week were visiting the quaint villages of Roquebrun and Minerve, the Canal du Midi, the medieval town of Pezenas, Narbonne, the castle at Carcassonne, some villages in Provence, and we even had a swim in the Mediterranean at Narbonne-la-Plage. Of course the beaches aren’t as good as in NZ (not that we’re biased or anything).

We also experienced some wonderful food during the week, including a lovely dinner out at Le Faitout restaurant where we had absolutely no idea of what the food was, but the helpful chef came out and explained what each dish was. He talked me (Kylie) into having the black octopus and squid dish and even said if I didn’t like it, I could choose another dish. He then came out to ensure I was happy with the food and watched me eat a mouthful of it to make sure I wasn’t just being polite!!

We also went to a Michelin star restaurant near Toulouse (no we didn’t get a second mortgage to eat there, it was $100 a head for food and wine – pretty reasonable when you consider the quality of the food!) Mike and I had a wonderful cassoulet (white beans, pork, duck) and Jo had an amazing beef dish, plus 3 lovely deserts and a starter. Not bad at all. That night there was a mix up with the accommodation booking so we ended up staying in a chateau in the suite as you do – but divided by 3 of us it was pretty reasonable. Kind of weird place though, we did feel like we were on the set of a haunted house movie. Lets just say it was ‘very French’.

After a fantastic week-and-a-bit we said bye-bye to Jo and Mike and I headed down to the Pyrenees for some sporting pursuits…..

Us at Roquebrun


At a gorgeous gorge

The lovely village of Minerve
canon 549

Mike proves you can drink beer and play petanque at the same time

Narbonne-la-Plage where we went for a swim
The cute medieval town of Pezenas.

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