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  • Bus bargain in the Pyrénées-Orientales

    Did you know that you can travel by bus throughout the Pyrénées-Orientales for just 1 euro per person per journey?You can travel by bus throughout the Pyrénées-Orientales for just 1 euro per person. The general council of this gorgeous department on France’s border with Spain introduced the bargain fare about 18 months ago as an environmental initiative, pointing out that one bus can keep up to 30 cars off the road. I like travelling on local buses in France. There’s a sense of adventure, a challenge to practice your language skills and, in this region, a chance to get up close and personal with the friendly local people and their Catalan traditions. Perhaps the general council also had tourism in mind, as the scheme allows visitors to travel on some stunning routes, taking in the capital city of Perpignan, the dramatic Pyrenees mountains, sandy beaches and the picturesque port of Collioure. This sunny little town was once home to Matisse, Picasso, Dufy and many other iconic artists and you can still see their work and buy prints in local museums and galleries.
  • French Connections B&B featured in Telegraph online

    Journalist Ben Hatch and his family are touring France and reporting for the Telegraph online. Last week they stayed at L’Ancienne Vigneronne at Mailhac in Languedoc, which is featured in Ben’s latest report.

    Journalist Ben Hatch and his family are touring France and reporting for the Telegraph online travel pages. Last week they stayed at L’Ancienne Vigneronne at Mailhac in Languedoc, which is featured in Ben’s latest report.

    Caroline and Trevor Rodbard were hosts to the Hatches - Ben, Dinah and their two small children - at their 200 year old wine growers house, providing B&B and a home-cooked evening meal. They had some good stories to tell over dinner about the beautiful little hamlet that is now their home. Mailhac has become unexpectedly famous and its mayor something of a national hero after he stood as a French presidential candidate on a platform of preserving rural traditions.

    Under the heading ‘Don’t miss’, Ben Hatch mentions the Mailhac mayor’s fame in his report, as well as the beauty of the evening light. He and Dinah are also working on a guide book to France for Frommer’s, the well known US travel publisher.

    L’Ancienne Vigneronne is property ID 102236

  • The medieval village of Olargues - Photo Friday 27 August 2010

    The pretty medieval village of Olargues is an idylic place to live and is the home village of one of our regular bloggers.[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Olargues Monument"]Olargues Monument[/caption] Those of you who also read the blogs of Christoper Campbell-Howes will know that Olargues in the Languedoc is his home village. This pretty medieval village is situated on the south bank of the river Jaur and is between the south of France and the massive central. Consequently the area is influenced by both and you will find Chestnut and cherry trees rubbing shoulders with vines and olive trees, whilst the hot summer sun tries to heat up the waters of the River Jaur. The village is situated at the foot of the Caroux Mountains and has a thirteenth century single span bridge and steep twisting streets which lead up to a 1000 year old belfry. It sounds idyllic, no wonder he moved from Scotland! The picture of Olargues is copyright and courtesy of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France organisation
  • The Pont du Gard - Photo Friday - 5 March 2010

    If you are visiting the Languedoc area of France then you simply must pay a visit to this stunning piece of Roman engineering.

  • Where to Buy in France

    Can anything put a Brit off property in France? You might think a strong euro would do the trick, but while new developments in Spain are collapsing on a daily basis, investors in French property are seeing no such disasters. If anything the market is buzzing...

  • Win Easter at a Languedoc Wine Estate!

    We at French Connections have teamed up with Bonnes Vacances digital magazine to offer the fantastic competition prize of a week at Domaine de St Ferreol, a beautiful traditional wine estate near the picturesque medieval town of Pezenas and gorgeous Mediterranean beaches. Two people can stay in Le Catalan, a spacious, luxury villa, any week from early April to mid May, including Easter.

    The 11th century Domaine is run by friendly hosts Jorje  and Ania Maslakiewicza to offer guests a tranquil oasis of  superbly equipped villas furnished to the highest standards. The Domaine stands in the midst of vines, on a huge estate with a heated swimming pool, private fishing and abundant wildlife.

    This historic area of the Languedoc is great for cycling, walking and exploring and the competition winners will enjoy an exclusive tour of the vineyards and winery with a private tasting of the Domaine's award-winning wines and a special wine gift. So, grab this fantastic opportunity and enter the competition now at Bonnes Vacances!