South of France with Kids: Châteaux de Lastours

While we were in the Languedoc area in the south of France, we heard about the Chateaux de Lastours. The 4 castles date back to the 1200’s and were used as a stronghold during the crusades against the Cathars. Unfortunately after the crusades, the original castles were destroyed and rebuilt and then used as a French military…

South of France with Kids: Carcassonne

We rented a home from Airbnb for a week so that my husband could continue working while also having enough time to enjoy the area. Our first adventure was to check out Carcassonne. It was the 4th city (after Paris, Strasbourg, and Avignon) to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The…

France: The accidental rebirth of Occitania

An ancient region in the South of France has risen from the ashes and put itself back on the map. Occitania is an area doused in heritage, its name long entwined with the old hamlets, towns and cities that stud its hills, and the intriguing language marking out many of its inhabitants… There are vultures…

Aude guide

An insider’s guide to Aude in Occitanie, including the main attractions to visit on holiday, the best towns and villages to live in, the major festivals and events, and buying property in Aude. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, swathes of vineyards, Mediterranean coastline, a rich history and good food, Aude in Occitanie, is…

Narbonne’s perfect wine pricing

A self-service restaurant in which diners eat as much as they want (for €25.90 a head), that seats 500 and serves 240,000 meals a year does not seem to fit squarely with a wine list of 70 of the finest wines of the region. I  would associate such a list with a Michelin-starred restaurant. But after…