I’ll certainly be back – Autumn maybe? Before I depart – Let me share three interesting facts/stories about La Romieu.
1. Les Plus Beaux Villages de France
La Romieu has this year, been awarded this proud badge of honour.
Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (the Most Beautiful Villages in France) is an association set up to protect and promote the heritage of the most beautiful villages in France. The association, which began in 1982, now includes only 156 French villages spread over 14 regions and 69 departments.Read More
The Albion Quartet at Sainte-Mère Festival
Astonishingly rich in surprises and culture – Next a concert in a ruined Château.The Sainte-Mère has a distinctly English flavour this year! And why not?Read More
Another Day Dawns
I have hired an electric bike from the tourist office here in the village to go and find a garden everyone is talking about…..Only it’s closed!
“C’est ferme” said Monsieur Bernard Hardy when I telephoned.Read More
I am in pursuit of relaxing ambient and peaceful places to write, that serve coffee at the very least. Wi-Fi a bonus!… or not?
Decisions, decisions! Unbelievable array of choices – let me show you!Read More
Marciac Jazz Festival
Time to swing!
I said YES to the drive of an hour plus the very next day, from La Romieu to Marciac to the famous annual international jazz festival that runs for two weeks in August in the heart of the Gers.Read More
One day this will be you or me – if we’re lucky enough to live to nearly 100!
Beautiful inside and out - almost a 100 years old, Vera is the mother of Veronica, an old friend, who like me has a house in France with husband Alan in which they spend a lot more time than I do in mine.
Villagers in costumes of 700 years ago, entering heart and soul into the spirit of the celebration.
…As I discovered that morning, in search of my early morning croissant and coffee. Three excellent choices in the village.Read More
Markets: Compelling, beguiling, colourful, exciting – and oh so French!
What is it about early morning markets in France that pop up like mushrooms, on the same given day each week? Like a conjuror’s trick - they disappear in time for lunch.
A mixture of emotions engulf me, the moment I leave Toulouse airport and drive the oh so familiar route. It’s beautiful undulating countryside, only an hour from the spectacular Pyrenees, immediately has me in its thrall. The sunflowers are at their best.Read More
Whilst the world waits….for the World Cup Final, and a few less - anticipate The Wimbledon tennis finals, I set off to Fingringhoe and Constable Country to be transported by beautiful art and countryside.Read More
Balmy Summer Days – Saturday – Barnes Fair.
A feeling of anticipation, delight and disbelief invades the British Isles as we revel in this never ending hot balmy summer that existed only in childhood memories.Read More
Sometimes I get distracted…..well quite a lot actually. ..my advice? Go with the flow and see what happens.
Yesterday I did, and here’s the story!
I blame Barnes farmers market every Saturday morning opposite the duck pond. Talking of which, there is a connection. Duck eggs. Eying greedily the last two huge eggs in a tray…before I could open my mouth “Duck eggs” the farmer on the stall said. “You ever tried a duck egg white omelette? It’s the best thing you’ll ever taste.”Read More