Meze, Herault - not far from us here, but I haven't been back for many years. In fact I lived there with my deceased wife Kate for a number of years, and finally I'm going back next week to see it again. This article is a little round up of the place and some of the things we experienced over the years there. We started off in a camping site, 'Beau Rivage' but it didn't look anything like this!
The original building was there and was turned into a bar eventually, with a terrace but no cover just a few parasols. Our plot was actually just to the right, behind the building and we spent some years there.
There was no swimming pool.....a little shop for urgencies and that's it!
We moved on from there eventually to a plot of ground high on a hill at the exterior of the Village, called it 'The Trou' (the hole) although it had a wonderful view of the lake towards the City of Sète.
My wife worked permanent nights in Germany so it meant 14 night on and the rest of the month off - train travel back and forwards France/Germany scenting the train compartments with garlic and fresh melon odours. Sometimes I went back with her and the car journey was always an adventure - in both directions, passing through a lot of France, all of Switzerland, a touch of Austria and finally Germany - with border controls at all these places and having to throw our ham sandwiches in the bin at the Swss border (they said due to swinepest but really it was to force you to buy something in Switzerland to eat!)
Economically the centre of oyster and mussel farming we of course ate an awful lot of these things, cheap - easy (apart from oyster opening) together with still warm fresh bread.......Meze is also a centre for sailing schools, wine producing and familly holidays It's situated on the famous 'Bassin de Thau' an inland lake directly attached to the Meditteranean Sea, salt water but the family advantage is that the lake is not deep so is quite safe for children....just watch out for the winds, the Mistral and the Tremontagne blow, often making sailing possible but difficult. When we lived there, we had a small boat with an outboard motor and regular trips to the town of Sete to the markets across the lake were on the order of the day. It did take quite some time, but parking the boat was easier than parking the car....and cheaper!
So many things happened during our stay that it would be long and difficult to recount them all, so here are some links to things I've already published - go have a look - some are older articles and the images are no longer present.
(all abut holiday makers.....and others)
(a true story from the area)
I'm looking forward to passing the day back in this place and I'm sure there will be pictures from all and sundry of the events!
Certainly oysters, mussels, muscat wine as an apéro, Dry white wine 'Picpoul' will be on the order and it will be interesting to see all the changes that have been made.......at least there shouldn't be too many tourists, and hopefully the weather will play along!
This says sunny and 20C in the afternoon of Wednesday 26th October.....well, we'll see! (Go to the 26th October - après midi)
weather at Vauvert, France
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