Hi! My name is Nicole. I’m a Brit who has been living in France since Sept 2002. I have a daughter, Isabelle, who is 15. A fluent French speaker, I spend a lot of my time working in the Anglophone community, organising events etc.
I also spend a lot of time about the property maintaining the house and gardens for the summer rentals as this is how I manage to remain living down here! We love the easy way of life here, the villages in the summer are such fun! There is always something to do!
Local Outings and Entertainment
There are many daytime markets or evening village fêtes, or you could join in with one of the huge weekly (in the summer) local ‘brasucades’. These are amazing evenings, often with mussels cooked on huge ‘braises’ – hence ‘brasucade’. These are huge expanses of hot coals laid on the ground, with grills of mussels laid on top to cook! Imagine 400 local people eating and dancing outside – here’s a video clip of one of these evenings in the village right next door to Espondeilhan, Pouzolles – Brasucade evening video! Also mentioned here – Crème-de-Languedoc Pouzolles.
I had already lived in the next-door village for 8 years, and just love this area! I’ve lived here for nearly 19 years now (since 2002) and can’t imagine ever leaving. Although we are in the countryside, we can get to several towns in just a few minutes – and without traffic! I look at it as having the advantages of living in a town or city in terms of amenities within close proximity, but none of the traffic jams to get to them.
The dynamic town of Béziers is just a 10 minute drive away, with constant street shows, markets, music, wine-tasting events and other entertainment through the summer.
The beaches are just half an hour away and we like nothing better than to head out to a beach club to meet up with friends, treat ourselves to a sunbed and parasol and then while the day away! And of course, for our lovely guests’ convenience (and for our trips back to see family!), we are under an hour from no less than FIVE international low cost airports! What’s not to love?! If you fancy a taste of that yourself, enquire now with any questions you may have, and I’ll reply immediately! Whatever you decide to do, have a great holiday! All the best, Nicole