A Belgian-American love affair with France. French food. French wine. French décor. French culture. French history. French countryside. We have lived near Carcassonne, in the south of France for 11 years, renovating our village home and now restoring a 17th century apartment in a historic part of town. We want to share with you a taste of France, in all its senses, for all your senses–from gastronomy to style. We want to give francophiles and travel fans a taste of life in France. We hope you’ll visit!

Our apartments can be found on Abritel/Homeaway/VRBO: the front here and the back here or on AirBnb, with the front apartment here and the back here.

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    1. Considering how many people subscribed, I figured it was automatic. No idea how they did it. Anyway I just added a Follow button on the About page. Sorry! Total novice here.


    1. Just to warn you, I only post three times a week and might have to cut it to two if real (paid) work picks up. But I try to make up in quality what I lack in quantity. 😉


  1. I just discovered your blog while reading the comments on the “Tongue in Cheek” blog and have just subscribed. I had a lovely lunch in Trebes several years ago, after visiting a vide grenier – don’t know the name, but it was on the canal. It was one of those “let’s see where this road goes” days and other than a car ramming into me from behind as I was trying to (albeit slowly) make a left turn from an ally onto a main road, it was lovely. The Minervois became one of my favorite areas and I was staying in Caunes Minervois at L’Ancienne Boulangerie (great place).

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      1. You know, I haven’t the faintest idea! I thought I was in Trebes – but maybe it wasn’t the Canal, only a small river. I’ll have to dig up the accident report. I’m enjoying your blog and am reading your earlier posts – excellent!


    1. I know one of the hosts! She taught English at my kid’s elementary school. They also make good wine (that’s almost a boilerplate addition to any comment, isn’t it?).
      If you come to Carca, get in touch!


      1. I found them on the net a couple of years ago, but life, the universe and everything have conspired to keep me from getting to a course yet. Soon, I hope, as in a couple of months.

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  2. It looks like I’ll be in your area for two weeks of class starting around Nov. 7. If you’re inclined to meet up for a drink or café, let me know.


  3. Thank you for your comment on my Cassoulet Recipe post. I have added your suggestion on how the locals of Carcassonne cook this dish to my recipe post and also added a link to your lovely blog. Annette x

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  4. Hi
    I’m Bev, we have made contact through Sharon’s blog, I am moving to Esperaza soon.
    I wanted to contact you personally rather than through her blog.
    Hope to hear from you soon, I’d love to meet you and find out more about living in the lovely Aude region 🙂 We will be renovating our house and any tips would be fantastic 🙂
    Looking forward to hearing from you 🙂


  5. Just discovered your site through your comments on Cook Republic! I’m a big Francophile myself. I lived in Paris for 6 years, now live in Toronto and teach French but own a house – holiday rental – in Nérac, also the “other” South of France. Working on my first cookbook which will feature French food for kids. All the things French! I subscribed so will look forward to following your adventures 🙂

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  6. We’ve just bought a house near Castelnaudary and Carcassonne is our nearest large town. Feel so privileged to be here…A dream come true. One which I’ve had since the age of sixteen, when I first came to France on an exchange visit!

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  7. Stumbled across your blog, loved it! We’re an Irish-Belgian couple currently living in London but in the process of buying a place near Trebes and your blog illustrates the region perfectly! Had a few chuckles and memories reignited! Thanks for this. 🙂

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