Le Grau-du-Roi

Grau-du-Roi (grow do rwoa) It occurred to me as I was planning a trip to the Basque country that not knowing how to pronounce the names of places is not only annoying, but it makes it harder to retain information. Txinguidi (somewhere apparently worth a gander) is hopefully pronounced Ching gweedy but probably not! Anyway,…Read more »

Cassis – Love thy neighbour

Cassis – Love thy neighbour. Occitanie is lush with long sprawling beaches, mountains, vineyards, quaint villages and exciting cities. The region is also blessed with wonderful neighbours.  We share the Pyrenees down south with Spain. To the west lies Nouvelle Aquitaine which reaches the Atlantic Ocean with stunning beaches, legendary waves (Hossegor and Biarritz) and…Read more »

The Pech Merle Cave

Prehistoric cave paintings. Abbé Breuil, renowned French prehistorian called it “the Sistine Chapel of the Causses of the Lot district, one of the most beautiful monuments in Paleolithic pictoral art”. Honestly, since I have been living in the south of France I have seen a cave or two but I have never seen anything like…Read more »

Via Garona

click for music – by Basquing Spring is here and it is time for hiking and biking! The GR 861 hiking trail connects the sites of Saint-Jacques de Compostelle between the stunning Basilica Saint-Sernin in Toulouse and the majestic cathedral of Saint Marie in Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges. Known as ‘la Via Garona’, the route runs along the river…Read more »