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 13 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 AirBnB, with the front apartment here and the back here (AirBnB automatically changes the language). You also can contact us directly at booking.carcassonne@gmail.com.


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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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      1. Initially it needs doing up so will be spending a lot of time there on and off getting it ready for us to live there all year round. Looking very much forward to this as we’ve been hunting in the Minervois region for a long time!

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  8. Susan: I am trying and searching for an email address for you and can’t find one anywhere! So am writing here. I’ve tried several times to add you to my blog roll, but I have to have RSS feed in order to do so (on WP self-hosted.) Have you had this question before? I won’t be able to add you unless I some how come up with a formula! If you can help, that would be great. Would love to add you! thanks, Libby


  9. Catherine, do you have a pic of yourself anywhere on your blog? Would love to put a face to the name. You comment on my site all the time and I feel silly that I don’t even know what you look like!

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  10. Thank you for your blog….. reading the day’s entry on my email is a highlight of my day. Your Village Life from yesterday actually made me homesick for France although we have only visited France four or five times in the past 20 years. Our latest visit was last year when my wife and I spent two wonderful weeks in Uzes, in the Langueduc, never taking the rented car out of the parking spot provided by the owners of the apartment until the day we left town. We felt like we were almost “living French”. Your description of Village Life brought that back in a flood.

    Today’s entry on aging and hospice and the angels who attend our loved ones on a daily basis brought tears this morning. Thanks for reminding everyone that there are wonderful people in the world, despite the racist, bigoted actions of a minority of our fellow citizens.

    Thanks again for your blog. I look forward to reading your next installment.


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