Hi Susan --
Back home after a wonderful couple of weeks of Languedoc and a few nights in Barcelona. We really enjoyed your house, most especially the view from the rooftop terrace where we ate most of our meals. The Manleys were tremendously helpful, and arranged to have us take part in the moules et boules fest in the village a few nights before we left.
We liked what we ate and drank almost everywhere we went. One of my personal favorite local places was the restaurant at the Karting place in the village. We also had a terrific lunch in Roquebrun. My favorite surprise sightseeing spot was the convent of Cassan, a beautifully restored, peaceful place. We spent a night in Nimes, stopping at the Pont du Gare, which remains absolutely spectacular. At the Roman amphitheater in Nimes, for a little contrast, we could hear the strains of ZZ Top in concert.
We got to the Mediterranean at Valras Plage and Sete, where we waded but didn't swim. Though we had brought our suits and towels, a sudden cool-down with rain at Sete had us walking the empty beach instead. But we got in a couple of excellent swimming sessions at Lamalou-les-Bains, where there is a nice big public pool.
Our two younger women went farther afield on foot into the hills, but my sister and I enjoyed plenty of walking, too. We were sorry not to be there when the grapes ripened, or for that matter, the figs on all of those grand trees. The weather was just about perfect. One big, dramatic storm in the evening, and some heavy rain when we were at the market in Bedarieux, which didn't stop us from getting beautiful produce and cheeses and other local items.
Marietta and co