The Bio-Market in Olargues

Super bio market at Olargues today !!
We bought some wonderful honey produced in Saint-Vincent-d’Olargues and Riols. We tried some new flavours out this time as the hot summer had made some varieties in short supply. Then it was down to the ice cream seller for some amazing surbert. My granddaughter soon woofed that down and was onto the lovely crepes with chestnut jam filling. The local peaches were beautiful too and so with a big bag of those some lovely cheeses and a couple of delicious loaves of bread we headed up to Mauroul for a wonderful walk and picnic in the mountains. It’s well worth looking out for these lovely markets.
Everything is local, fresh and really delicious.

Bio Market in Olargues
Bio Market in Olargues

© Pam Smith

Driving around the Canal du Midi

Driving around the Canal du Midi. We spent a few hours earlier this week exploring the area. Started at Neuf Ecluses de Fonseranes, where we saw the nine locks in action. Easy parking, and drinks/snacks available. Back in the car and along to Colombiers. Parked just by the bridge. Not much for us to see but there is a small modern harbour with a few places to eat.

Neuf écluses de Fonsérannes, le Canal du Midi à Béziers
Neuf écluses de Fonséranes, le Canal du Midi à Béziers

Then along to Poilhes, gorgeous setting with ‘picture postcard’ views of the Canal. If we had wanted to go for a walk (too hot!) this would have been a great starting point. Parked by Les Platanes and had lunch there – delicious set menu, would highly recommend.

Then tried to visit Oppidum but it was closed (unfortunately we didn’t find this out until we got all the way to the top of the hill). Then also failed to visit the Malpas tunnel, and found ourselves driving along a canal towpath, so we turned back!

Our final stop was Capestang, a nice town with a beautiful church and a few simple places to eat in the main square. We parked outside the Hotel de ville. We had been recommended La Galiniere to eat, but it was closed (and we had already eaten!)

© Georgina Sturmer

Wine Fair in St-Chinian

If you’re in ‪#‎Languedoc on July 19, I’d recommend a trip to the annual wine fair in Saint-Chinian, just because it’s a very colourful, fun (and free) event, and a good day out for anyone who enjoys local food, wine and culture.
There are activites for younger children, and it’s good natured and family-friendly. Lots of trad garb to be admired too… 😉

Confrérie des chevaliers de St-Chinian
Confrérie des chevaliers de St-Chinian

© Louise Hurren