Saint Chinian and surroundings classified as the 5th best place in the world to retire
Many agree with us that we really live in a wonderful region. Last month the village of Saint Chinian, at about half an hour from La Maison Chabbert, has even been classified by the American television channel CNBC as the 5th best place in the world to retire (see the links underneath). Together with the charm of the village the region is among others praised for its more quiet rhythm of life, its cultural heritage, authenticity, nice climate, fresh and local products and a large number of recreation possibilities.
Before we came to live in Beaufort, we often spend our holidays in Saint Chinian and stayed with Pascal and Michel in their bed and breakfast Maison du Parc. We still like to go there and already the way from Beaufort to Saint Chinian is so worth the effort. On the Promenade, surrounded by majestic plane trees, there is a market every Thursday and Sunday. We often advice our guests to make a’ tour Hérault’. First to Saint Chinian and then to Roquebrun, Olargues, Saint-Pons, Minerve, Beaufort. Nice addresses for lunch are Le Petit Nice in Roquebrun and Le Lézard Bleu in Vieussan.
Recently we discovered the small unique museum The French Seduction. The founder Ger Verhoeve took us here into the history of travel and tourism in France. A nostalgic and captivating visit thanks to the big historical knowledge of Ger Verhoeve and his huge collection of historical documents, books, travel guides, pictures, maps and souvenirs!
The museum, housed in an old bakery, is situated on a small square in Fontcouverte. The museum, housed in an old bakery, is situated on a small square in Fontcouverte. Ger also told that the annals tell us that in the room of the museum they already baked bread in a big oven since at least 1597, so for more than four ages, until the spot was transformed into a small museum. We know that because in that year Saint-Régis was born in Fontcouverte, a catholic priest who was later canonized. On our way back we saw a statue on the top of stone stairs and we could then guess who that was. It appears, there is a pilgrimage and procession every year on the 16th June to celebrate the Fête de Saint Jean-François Régis.
La Séduction Française is about 20 minutes by car from La Maison Chabbert. A nice trip which is good to combine with a visit to the beautiful village of Lagrasse. Also nice to go there by bike!
On the 24th and 25th of March 2017 the interesting and informative biennial Congress of French Teachers will take place in the Netherlands. As the theme of this year le français ça marche shows, the congress is a good promotion of the French language. There will be a lot of workshops with leaders from a large number of francophone countries. A lot of ambassadors will be present as well as no one other than the author Philippe Claudel and l’incroyable talent Thomas Boisset.
Before we moved to France, we were closely involved in the organization of the congress. A modest contribution at a distance in 2015 gave La Maison Chabbert nice publicity this year:
Concert LES VIEILLES CANAILLES or Festival EN BLANC ET NOIR,
the choice is up to you : rock or piano.
To combine with our Festival Package Holiday.
Always been a fan of Jacques Dutronc, Johnny Hallyday and Eddy Mitchell? Take your chance in 2017 to watch these rockers, LES VIEILLES CANAILLES, perform together at the FESTIVAL OF CARCASSONNE on the 5th July. Nice occasion also to visit the impressive fortified City.
Together with the concert of Les Vieilles Canailles, there will be concerts of a completely different genre in Lagrasse: FESTIVAL EN BLANC ET NOIR. A unique festival of piano concerts from 6th – 11th July 2017. Lagrasse, classified as one of the most beautiful villages of France, is worth a visit anyway.
From Beaufort scenic roads will bring you to Carcassonne or Lagrasse within three-quarters of an hour. Inspired by the announcements of these concerts we would like to offer you a Festival Package Holiday of € 105,00 per person including:
1 three course dinner including aperitif
The price is based on a double room and valid for the period 1st – 14th July 2017.
Are you not much of a festival visitor, take advantage of the package holiday anyway to visit the number of nice places that the Minervois has to offer you.
In January a beautiful emission ‘Cap Sud Ouest’ about Minerve has been broadcasted on the French television. You can look back the emission on the website of France 3 Aquitaine, under the title Le Minervois, à la frontière du vertige:
The blog post about the Gorges d’Héric mentions that the weather is often very nice in December. We have lived now for four years in Beaufort and we experienced a lot of sun-filled days in winter. Hiking with temperatures around 15° or eating lunch outside on the quay of the Canal de la Robine in Narbonne, we have had the pleasure more than once. So why not travel to the south and take advantage of a favourable offer of € 105,00 per person including:
1 three course dinner including aperitif
Price based on a double room and valid until the 17th April 2017.
Things to do in the area?
hiking in the direct surroundings or a bit further into the hinterland or along the coast,
visit a city like Narbonne, Béziers or Carcassonne,
A perfect day to discover the Gorges d’Héric, a place we were planning to visit since long.
The drive by car through the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Languedoc to Mons-la-Trivalle, is beautiful. Close from here our walk will start, but first a good cup of coffee on the terrace of Auberge du Caroux.
We park the car in Le Verdier at the base of the gorges and start the beautiful aller-retour walk of 10 km, with 5 km of climbing and 315 meters difference in altitude.
In this late autumn it was very quiet, but that will be different in the holiday season. We spotted a lot of nice places to picnic and to paddle. In short, a sight-seeing trip which is definitely well worth the effort from La Maison Chabbert!
In November the cultural association La Grande Ourse organizes the Fête de la Soupe in Olonzac. Anyone who wants to, brings a pot of homemade soup. This year at least 17 soups were brought to taste in a nice ambience. You might recognize the soupe au fenouil made by Dick, which is pretty often on our table d’hôtes menu.
This is the new official name of the regions Languedoc-Roussillon and Midi-Pyrénées, who have been merged. So Occitania, with the subtitle Pyrénées Méditerranée and the capital is Toulouse. As inhabitants we are Occitanians.
A very long time ago the largest part of the south of France was also called Occitania. The language was Occitanian, also named langue d’oc (the language of oc), because in the south they said oc for yes (and in the north oïl). So from Occitania to Languedoc and back again to Occitania.