Our recent Trip to France
More fantastic travels to France - tales of 2014!
Liz and Gene returned recently inspired after a yet another fantastic trip to France! For the fifth year running, we stayed in the portside town of Marseillan and once again just loved it! It was like a homecoming. We were joined each week by others to share the experience and we have returned with wonderful memories
Our base was a stunning 'maison vigneron' - a wine makers house built in the 1890's and now beautifully restored. It was a real haven to return to after a day exploring. Spacious and light with a wonderful private garden with pool, we were within 5 minutes walk of the old town centre of Marseillan which has all the services you need - great bakers, a wonderful old style butchery, and of course friendly cafes to enjoy a glass of rose in the evening. The weather was kind and the pool was very welcome on those long hot days!
In each of our weeks, we spent at least one day close to home enjoying the local weekly market, checking out the boats in the pretty little recreational port, picnicking by the pool and being treated to a private tour of Noilly Prat vermouth distillery with their cellar master - thank you Jean-Louis! We also enjoyed a wonderful evening trip to Montpellier with the Noilly Prat team and have great memories of dining outside with live music wafting from a nearby square - very special!
Our excursions away from Marseillan took us to the Canal du Midi, to the bustling port town of Sete, to wonderful vineyards from renowned Abbe de Senanque to a barrel tasting tour with Julie from Domaine de Creyssels, to the colourful market town of Clermont l'Herault and to the cobbled streets of centuries old St Guilhem le Desert - the list goes on - this region of the Languedoc offers so much to enjoy and each year we discover something new.
Gene loved his visits to the produce markets filled with local seasonal treats and many evenings we dined in and enjoyed local specialities - oysters, mussels, tielles, guinea fowl, rabbit - and with two well equipped kitchens we had plenty of space for people to join in the preparation if the mood took them. Dining outside late into the night as the swallows wheeled above us was very memorable but we also made sure there was time to get out to enjoy some of the wonderful local restaurants.