We could spend a lifetime exploring the historical, beautiful villages of Occitania. It’s the little details that make these sort of adventures exciting: the antique collections dotted around; art and street displays; historic features that accentuate old buildings, and the care and attention that people put into the exterior of their homes.
The Tour de France is heading to Occitania, and as cycling fans we’re very excited to see it coming through, not least because this time it’s on our very doorstep!
Departing from the famous Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy on July 2, 2016, the 103rd Tour de France heads quickly to the mountains, dipping into Spain and Andorra during the Pyrenean stages before also visiting the Swiss Alps later on. Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in western Europe, takes a starring role in the 2016 edition, and the iconic Mont Ventoux will also feature once again.
There’s cathedrals… and then there’s Narbonne Cathedral. You really must pay a visit!
It’s a busy time of year here in Cathar Country as the annual harvest, or vendange, gets underway!
Windy and overcast today. Perfect for getting out and about a bit! Anyone fancy a trip up the Black Mountain?
Hello, good evening and good night!
Short and sweet for a bonne nuit.
The Lauran Cabaret cooperative is a significant producer in the Minervois, accounting for about 15% of the total production of the Languedoc area, and a fairly diverse selection of wine. They produce young, fruity and full-bodied wine, as well as wines for ageing with different vinification methods (traditional vinification, carbonic maceration, cold wine). It can be purchased directly from their production centres in Laure and Villeneuve Minervois.
Lanquan li jorn son lonc e may
When the days are long, in May,
Sweet the songs of birds afar,
And when I choose from there to stray,
I bring to mind a love that’s far.
I walk face lowered, and I glower,
And neither song nor hawthorn flower,
Can please me more than winter’s ice.
We are a bit busy at this time of year, but do still try to get out and enjoy the beautiful garrigue and wild hills of the Languedoc every so often! Our local lake just outside Laure Minervois makes for a very pleasant escape and is only ten minutes walk from Domaine de Palatz.
We are very pleased to announce that Domaine de Palatz has been awarded Superhost status by the kind folks at Airbnb!