Everyone lives at their own pace
On the beach, or in the shade of the trees, in the wine cellars – or on steep pathways looking for old stone buildings, listening to contemporary music, tasting specialties, or making contact with tradition… The sunny southern lifestyle is anything but dull! Testimonials.
The small group went walking for two days on the steep paths of the GR 66 between Gard and Lozère. Lucien, Paule, Martine and Dominique left Paris in order to take a series of hikes on the Languedoc-Roussillon trails. They are in their fifties and have stressful jobs. “In IT and medicine…. it’s our holiday, so we don’t talk about it”, said Lucien. “We were longing for some nature, preserved areas, silence, and wanted to take some time to live and to bring a sense of originality to our stay.” It was an unusual meet up on the first evening. “We slept in a hut perched in the branches of a chestnut tree,” laughed Dominique, before adding: “It was great…. The shooting stars provided a bedtime show during the night”
The next morning, the trail got steeper. It followed an old cattle track up to the Suquet pass, not far from Vigan. They entered forest tracks after having passed by charming villages. Mont Aigoual and its weather observatory finally emerged after two days of walking. “Roll on bedtime!”, sighed Martine, a tad tired. She knew that a welcome drink was waiting for her up there in the hostel. She quickly forgot the amount of kilometres she had covered when tucking into some Lozère sausages accompanied by a chilled Muscat wine.
The next day was dedicated to the Canal du Midi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A barge was moored in the shadow of plane trees, waiting for them: a superb rural guest accommodation with a Jacuzzi on the flat deck, a huge TV screen in a large living room, elegant bedrooms… After a mild night rocked by the streams, they were ready for a fresh start the next day, along the canal towards Béziers. Twenty short kilometres on the banks with short stops at the locks… A quiet time before a new two-day hike in the Pyrenees regional natural park, including the Canigou climb, a sacred mountain of the Catalans, and a night in the Cortalès lodge. The Parisians were in awe when they reached the summit. The Roussillon plain and the Mediterranean Sea lay at the bottom. “Sublime”, they yelled from the heart. It was now time to open a Roussillon rosé wine, and to tuck in to a handful of Collioure anchovies while enjoying the sunset over the Albères.