Notes from the Languedoc
By Rupert Wright
Thursday 18 December 2003, by
- Notes from the Languedoc
Nobody should come to France without reading this book. For the Languedoc is a land of castles and heretics, vineyards and scented hillsides, boar hunts and bullfights, sandy beaches and flamingos. But how do you get to it?
Rupert Wright, a journalist for nearly 20 years, who writes for the Sunday Times and Financial Times, spent the last three years exploring this great region. This is his account of his travels. Here you will meet the people that are shaping its future, including Georges Freche, dynamic mayor of Montpellier; Jean-Claude Mas, an energetic winemaker based near Pézenas; and Juan Bautista, whose idea of fun is to wave red capes at angry bulls in the Béziers bull ring. You will learn some of the history of the place, including the crusade in the 13th century against the Cathars, the building of the Canal du Midi, and how La Grande Motte turned from being a farm into one of France’s busiest and brazen beach resorts.
This book is available, among other places, at Librairie Domens in Pézenas, in Montpellier at As You Like It bookshop, and in Foyle’s at Charing Cross Road in London.
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