Posts Tagged ‘Secret South’

An Artist for your Shabby Chic Interior

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You have bought your dream house in the South of France and are putting the finishing touches to the decoration? What you need now are a few lovely paintings for your walls! Rosine Blachas is a painter based in Languedoc (near Nîmes). She does fabulous oil paintings on linen canvases on themes such as old French […] Read more…

La Place – Canet

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I love discovering new cool restaurants in my area. So here is my latest discovery: a little restaurant on the main square in the village of Canet (Hérault, Languedoc). It has opened a few weeks ago, they do crepes and lovely delicious big salads. All the servings are generous, the team is very friendly and […] Read more…

Evening out – Estivales in Sommières

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Every Monday evening during summer, the lovely medieval town of Sommières organizes a festive outdoor event around wine and local products. For 4€ you get a glass that you can fill twice with the wines of your choice amongst the selection proposed by the local wine producers. You also have live music and lots of local food […] Read more…

My selection of beaches in the Gard

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Here are 2 ideas of beaches I like going to in the Gard. They are easily accessible for people living or staying in the area between Nimes and Montpellier. The best time to go to the beach in summer is the morning of course. If you arrive around 10am you don’t need to fight for parking. […] Read more…

Eurostar heads to Avignon and the Med

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Good news for those of you living in London: the Eurostar has just opened a line that goes straight from St Pancras station to Avignon in 5h49mins!!! You are then less than 30 mins from Beaucaire and some of the Gard’s lovely villages, and 45 mins from Nimes! Hop on and come and visit us! […] Read more…

Don’t miss El Callejon Wine Bar

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For drinking nice wine in an animated atmosphere in the centre of Nîmes, don’t miss El Callejon Wine Bar. I went on a Thursday evening and it was definitely the place to be in Nîmes that evening ! Sitting comfortably around a low table with friends or perched on a high stool around an old wine […] Read more…

A bit of home decoration

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As days become shorter and one tends to spend a bit less time outdoors, I have decided that this is an ideal moment to put a bit of energy into my home. My house is a typical French 19th Century town house with marble mantel pieces, a central stone staircase and a big entrance hall. […] Read more…

Time to prepare your next holidays

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Your summer holidays already feel like they were ages ago and the autumn weather is starting to make you feel down hearted. Don’t worry, just start planning your next holidays! I have just visited a lovely house to rent in Marsillargues that would make a fabulous starting point to discover the area. The pretty village of Marsillargues […] Read more…

Cycling along the Via Rhôna

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Looking for a cool outing on a nice autumn/winter day? Jump onto your bikes and cycle along the new “Via Rhôna” cycle path that goes from Gallician to the Tour Carbonnière just before Aigues-Mortes. It’s 9 km long so you can do any length from a few kilometers to nearly 20. It’s nice and flat so easy […] Read more…

France Property Angels

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Buy your dream property in the Secret South! I am opening my business as a property finder for English speaking clients in the Languedoc Roussillon, specialized in the Gard. I’ll be searching the market (in touch with the local estate agents) to find the right property and then hold the buyer’s hand through the French […] Read more…

One of France’s best-kept secrets

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Have a look at this introduction of the “Rough Guide to Languedoc Roussillon”… it’s all about secret… “The Languedoc and Roussillon region is one of France’s best-kept secrets. While Provence and the Côte d’Azur just across the Rhône have been living it up, attracting movie stars and the masses, its less pretentious neighbour has remained in […] Read more…

Chocolat Mousse – The Authentic Recipe

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This is not specific to the Languedoc Roussillon, it is just extremely typically French : here is the true, authentic, easiest and most delicious recipe of French Chocolat Mousse. The most important of course is to use a good cooking chocolate. The best one to use in my view is the traditional Nestle Dessert chocolate […] Read more…

Cool family beach restaurant

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It’s only early October… still plenty of time to enjoy lunch at a beach restaurant in the sun of the Secret South!!! Le J in Carnon (Languedoc Roussillon) is actually open all year long. The atmosphere is relaxed and you immediately feel like you’re on holiday. The service is friendly and efficient. The food is very nice […] Read more…

Asian-Meditarranean fusion in Aigues-Mortes

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Here is another address off the usual tourists tracks. Boem is a restaurant in Aigues-Mortes, outside the old town walls where most visitors go. It serves refined fusion Asian-Mediterranean food. We loved it all, including the mango mojitos. My only comment is : be careful of the size of the servings… we really had too much to eat. […] Read more…

Ambrussum, a hidden Roman treasure

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There are quite a lot of Roman archeological sites in the area (the Pont du Gard, the Amphitheater of Nîmes, the Maison Carrée in Nîmes, the Roman Theatre and Amphitheater of Arles). But if you feel that they get a bit crowded in summer, why not discover a more hidden Roman treasure, the site of […] Read more…

Fun, friendly & unconventional

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Now this is a very non touristy address in the middle of quite a touristy part of the Grau du Roi (one of the Gard’s main sea-side towns). It’s a surprising restaurant to discover with loads of personality. La Reine du Grau has a vintage industrial look with its wooden painted floor, large yellow wooden bar, industrial suspension […] Read more…

Fresh Italian food on Sommieres’s lovely plaza

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I just spent a nice summer evening at Sommières with some friends. After strolling along the river Vidourle and the pretty streets of this little medieval town, we headed for the beautiful place des Docteurs Dax. Sansavino is a pretty little bistrot style restaurant that proposes a small selection of freshly made Italian food. The terrace, […] Read more…

Where to eat an ice cream in Nîmes

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When you are visiting Nîmes on a hot summer day, stopping at a shady terrace for an ice cream is very tempting. But please don’t stop anywhere (and don’t just eat any old industrial ice lolly). Nîmes has so much better to offer! Here is the address of a lovely old fashioned patisserie in the […] Read more…

Others talk about “The secret South of France”

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Haha, look, I’m not the only one to refer to the Gard as “the Secret South” of France. Here is a fun and truthful article published in the ft.com “Life&Arts” section. I like the last paragraph describing the Gard as “a perfect blend of grit and sophistication; ease and sensation; comfort and adventure.” before concluding […] Read more…

Dinner at the Ferme Marine des Aresquiers

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Now this is really a secret address… I’m not even sure I should be letting this one out (my local friends are going to hate me for this)! I ADORE this place! It’s a farm that produces shellfish (oysters and mussels in particular), fish and wine at Vic la Gardiole (near the coast between Montpellier […] Read more…