What an amazing experience life in the south of France can be. Many of us have this image of fabulous food, animated conversations and spectacular wine all within the milieu of ridiculously old villages and deep in vineyards under olive trees and ancient vines. Let me tell you, it is not just a dream but a reality and in this blog we will share some of our favorites with you.
For example, this photo was taken from a street high above a quietly tucked away village not far from Peryiac-sur-Mer. Franck and I were visiting this lesser known area of Languedoc on our honeymoon this summer. As we wandered the streets and peeked down alleys there were no other tourists to be seen.
The lagoon sparkled below this village hanging from the hills. A woman putting out washing watched us curiously (probably thinking we were lost). A cat stretched in the sun and regarded us with lazy and indifferent eyes. A couple sat sipping espresso in front of a tiny cafe with only two tables. I think we both could have sat there for hours drinking in the peaceful sunshine and quiet so different from our regular lives.
The wonderful part of this area of the world is that the feeling of lost is never frightening or uncomfortable but rather it seems to beg for it to happen. The idea of getting lost in the south of France has great appeal on many levels.
Later that same morning Franck and I came across a group older veterans and villagers participating in a Bastille day ceremony. It was quite moving to think that these were probably some of the last men of this village who would carry the flag and the memories of that dreadful time in history. I was able to discreetly take a few photos before the ceremony began. I have to admit it was a special moment.
These kinds of unexpected intimate moments have deepened our love for this region and our desire to share it with others. They are what makes small group travel unique. These kinds of experiences cannot happen within the highly structured large group setting. If you are looking for this kind of intimate exploration of this area and would love to share it with a born and bred local then this type of experience will offer you many special memories.