Tour de France: Languedoc-Roussillon – Chez Loulou

{Looking down on our petit village. Population 418.}

As Paris is starting to feel more we’re in the midst of April showers (complete with jackets and scarves – in July), I’m happy to continue our vicarious escapes. Today Jennifer of Chez Loulou continues the Tour de France series down south with a look at the Languedoc-Roussillon region she calls home. While making a living cooking up delicious dishes, what I love most about Jennifer’s blog is that a) she writes about all the cheeses she eats (she’s at 200+ of the 600-1,000 varieties) and shares her own (realistic) experiences of living in France proving she doesn’t lead a charmed life just because she is where she is today. But today’s post does make her life seem quite dreamy…

{A friend’s terrace, overlooking the Canal du Midi.}

From Jennifer: There are many things that define the region where we live: the vineyards, the Canal du Midi, the brightly painted doors and shutters, the olive trees, the dramatic thunderstorms, the sparkling blue Mediterranean, the pale stone houses and red tile roofs, the highly perfumed garrigue, the rich culinary tradition, the wine, the peace and quiet and the dramatic scenery. Our rural life couldn’t be more different than living in Paris!

{Just down the road – the 5000 year old Dolmen des Fados.}

{Bulots and aïoli. Enjoyed at a little seaside restaurant.}

{Market day in Olonzac.}

{There isn’t a restaurant in the village, but we do have a pizza truck that comes every Friday evening.}

{Old painted door.}

{Looking up at the village church. It was built in the 12th century, destroyed by fire in the 14h century and rebuilt in the 15th and 16th centuries.}

{Closed café facade.}

{Old painted door.}

Worth checking out in the Languedoc-Roussillon region:

Thanks, Jennifer!
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  • It is worth noting that Salvador Dali believed that Rousillon was the center of the universe. While on a train that was stopped at the Gare du Perpignan he experience a “vision” that unlocked his artistic abilities and enabled him to paint in new dimensions. Out of gratitude to the French Railways, he painted a set of posters for them in 1965.

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