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A Working Holiday
Chapter 1: We Leave for France
Chapter 10: Looking for Mr. Goodstone
Chapter 11: A mission to la Clape
Chapter 12: Dinner at Château de Lignan
Chapter 13: Antiques and plunder
Chapter 14: The vintner next door
Chapter 15: The rooftops of Nézignan-l'Évêque
Chapter 2: Comes the crusade
Chapter 3: The 13 colonies
Chapter 4: Our curtains are dreadful
Chapter 5: Naked beaches
Chapter 6: A visit to Château des Estanilles
Chapter 7: A pilgrimage to Toulouse
Chapter 8: Remembering Collioure
Chapter 9: The priest and the mayor
Languedoc Roussillon
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A brisk stroll? Rock-climbing? Nothing more strenuous than hunting for plunder (a.k.a. antiques)? Languedoc-Roussillon and vicinity are well-endowed with options. Among other things, you can:
  • swim and sunbathe on Mediterranean beaches (forgot your suit? you won't need one on the nude beaches at Cap d'Agde, Europe's largest naturist resort)
  • kayak and canoe past towering limestone cliffs, on the swift-flowing Hérault
  • hike the steep cobbled lanes of medieval towns or head for the many mountain-crest trails
  • bike the backroads of this largely rural (and, in the mountains, virtually empty) region; bicycling isn't the top French sport for nothing
  • track down antiques and other previously owned treasures: Pézenas alone has dozens of dealers, and every Saturday morning a large flea market sets up shop on the road from Valros to Béziers
  • let the world drift by on a Canal du Midi day cruise
  • look at rocks. For those who are stirred by stones, the region offers a wide variety: limestone caverns, ancient volcanoes and lava flows, fantastic eroded formations, and the dizzy canyons of the Gorges du Tarn
A topless-bikini vending machine on the streets of Aigues-Mortes. "Bottoms only" is the norm on Mediterranean beaches.
Valros has public tennis courts a couple of minutes’ walk from the house. But remember: this part of France is HOT in the summer, with very little rain. 
Festivals abound: jazz in Perpignan, theatre and art in Pézenas, bullfighting in Béziers, water jousting in Sète.

  Bring the sun block.

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  • www.europe-france.com  -- "Helping you discover the best of France"; event schedules
  • www.le-guide.com  -- encyclopedic intro to So. France, in English
  • www.cr-languedocroussillon.fr  -- Looking for the 19 golf courses in the region? this wide-ranging site has that and lots more
  • www.the-french-touch.com  -- French decoration and design, to go: an online catalog of splendid gifts, from bird’s egg candles to artist-crafted silver cutlery; everything in U.S. dollars, worldwide shipping free
  • www.parcs-naturels-regionaux.tm.fr/lesparcs -- A richly informative guide to all French Regional Nature Parks, including nearby Haut-Languedoc and Grands Causses. English version.
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