Cycling the Canal du Midi by Joan Alexander


cycling the canal du midi 1Do you fancy cycling the Canal du Midi? I was a little surprised by the question, particularly since it was my voice I heard asking it. It is not that I don’t like cycling, just that it had been about twenty years, at least, since I had been anywhere near a bike and certainly didn’t have one to call my own. I was in Alpe d’Huez watching the mountain stage of the Tour de France of 2013 and I guess it was the sight of all those honed, testosterone fuelled young men clad in Lycra that did the trick. My interest in cycling had previously been confined to watching the ‘Tour’ on television but I can heartily recommend the excitement of being there and watching it live. My companion said he was up for it and I was committed to the trip.

 

 

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Winter Blues by Bernice Clark

I frequently find that those who’ve visited our home in Languedoc in spring and summer do not appreciate that winter here can be just as cold as in the UK. Of course, a freezing cold and even snowy day is so often lifted by the vast amount of sunshine we enjoy but cold is cold, nevertheless.
The joy being our default winter sky is clear and blue — ‘winter blues’ therefore have a very different meaning here to some more northern dreary climes.

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Selling a car in France

France is well known for its endless bureaucracy. Anything vaguely administrative automatically seems to send shivers down our spine. Selling a car is no exception. To help you find your way around the sales process, we have listed below a list of legal documents and explanations on what to do with them.

Selling a car in France

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Christmas Wining and Dining by Colin Trickett, Languedoc Select Wine Club

Like most of us I am sure, our wine selection throughout the year is to a large degree determined by budget! Christmas however is different. It's a time of celebration. For Christians, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ, but for the vast majority it is also a time to celebrate family and friends. It is for this reason my wine budget goes out of the window!

Christmas Wining and Dining

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Little ol’ wine drinker by Rob Fuke

Little ol wine drinker 1My wife Millie was recently inducted into L’Ordre de la Boisson des Costières de Nîmes, an ancient and rather jovial secret society, started by one François de Posquières in 1703. Confréries of this kind exist all over the wine growing areas of France. They’re a sort of mixture of Hogwarts and a tired and emotional version of freemasonry, without the threats of bloodletting.

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It’s harvest time by Carole Rommene

I always naively assumed that every year, grapes are being picked ‘when they are ready’. This is partly true, but it seems that a more thorough approach is being used to determine the official beginning of the harvest period.

it s harvest time

 

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