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Ski in the morning, lie on the beach after a lovely,cheap lunch -
All possible - and more!
You just need the money - and the information!
The money you'll have to find yourself - here's some of the information....!
The Languedoc-Roussillon Review
It's nearly Christmas and there's already snow on the mountains! As ever, we've got comprehensive information about the skiing in our Skiing Guide - the season opens on 5th December. It really is a lovely time of year in the Languedoc-Roussillon, with plenty to look forward to including Christmas markets and the up coming truffle season! For those of you looking to invest in property in the region next year, we've put together our list of the top ten Languedoc property locations and have some hints and tips for those who have put "buying a vineyard" top on the Christmas wish list. And we finish with one woman's experience of life in the region as she prepares to move onto to new pastures... Bonne Fin de l'Année everyone!
Greca and Jamie co-editors
Top Ten Languedoc Property Locations
As we draw towards the end of 2009, we thought we'd put together one of those end of year top ten lists focussing on the most popular places for Languedoc- Roussillon property hunters - so for those of you who are just starting the search, here's our top ten property locations where you'll find the best options depending on your dream house must haves - from places that are tipped to remain strong for investment purposes to locations where you can enjoy the South of France lifestyle to the max!
Skiing in Languedoc-Roussillon
Did you know that there are two wonderful secret skiing locations in the Languedoc-Roussillon? Both cross-country and alpine skiing is available on the slopes in the Cevennes Mountains in the Lozere department, around one and a half hours from Nimes and Montpellier, and in the Eastern Pyrenees west of Perpignan. Both areas offer great value for money, family-friendly winter sports. Visit our Languedoc-Roussillon Skiing Guide for more detailed information about the slopes and faclities available.
Christmas Markets in the Region
Christmas in the Languedoc Roussillon is full of tradition, magic and fun. This year, big events combined with Christmas Markets will feature in the major cities to delight children and adults alike, and smaller markets will be held across the region making it easy to get all your Christmas shopping done! Click here to see details of this year's Christmas Markets across the region.
Investing in a Vineyard
If you have read the French press over the last few years, you will be aware that despite a sense of crisis among traditional vine growers, a new wave of talented, young entrepreneurs have come into the Languedoc-Roussillon wine trade recently - and are making a success of it! We take a look at what it takes to acquire a vineyard and to make it a profitable venture. Read more...
Sample the region's "black diamond"
A few dates for the gourmet's diary: the black truffle, also known as the "black pearl" or "black diamond" of the kitchen, will be the highlight of this winter's culinary season at Villeneuve-Minervois in the Aude, where the traditional annual truffle markets will take place on the 26th December 2009, 16th January and 6th February 2010 from 9 am. Accompanied by pomp and ceremony, an artisan produce market, cookery demonstrations from local chefs and truffle dishes served at the local restaurants, this is a serious gastronomic event that should not be missed!
Leaving the Languedoc-Roussillon
Helena Frith Powell lived in the Languedoc for eight years and in that time wrote four books, as well as frequent contributions to many of Britans newspapers and magazines. Helena has recently moved with her family to Abu Dhabi. Before she left she wrote an article on her time in the Languedoc which you can read here.
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