2011 Trip in France – a Quick Look

A quick look at some of the sights and events from our trip to France in 2011…

We visited Paris, the Lauragais near Toulouse, Lyon, the Jura, Provence, and Collioure near the border with Spain. In Provence, we rented a house right in the center of a small village, Cucuron, for two weeks… a wonderful spot with many great local people, but many problems with the house – more on this later…

Please see other posts for more info on our trip.

À bientôt…

Auberge de St Julia – Lauragais near Toulouse

Less than 35 minutes from Toulouse by car is a beautiful region of France known as the Lauragais. As you drive its country roads, you pass through waving fields of wheat and colza.

Sunset near Maureville in the Lauragais

Sunset near Maureville in the Lauragais

 

In the small hilltop village of St Julia de Gras Capou is an Auberge with an excellent lunch.

Motion picture executive producer Serge Lebeau chats with one of the owners of Auberge St Julia after enjoying a fine lunch.

Motion picture executive producer Serge Lebeau chats with one of the owners of Auberge St Julia after enjoying a fine lunch.

A new venture, this good resto provides a single menu choice for lunch – trés simple! And Chef Pierre Batigne’s food is delicious. We enjoyed three courses including dessert – all for about 13 euros per person – and passed a pleasant afternoon talking with friends and the new owners, and sipping an excellent local rosé.

Auberge de St Julia
Rue du Vinaigre
31540 St Julia de Gras Capou

Tel: 05 61 83 04 79

www.auberge-desaintjulia.com

Patricia makes you feel welcome instantly at Auberge de St Julia

Patricia makes you feel welcome instantly at Auberge de St Julia

…from Paris to Toulouse

Crossing the Garonne on the way to Toulouse

We took the TGV from Paris (Montparnasse) to Toulouse to visit close friends. After a hectic few days in the “big city”, it is great to get to the countryside. Our friends live about 20 minutes south east of Toulouse in an area called The Lauragais.

 

The Lauragais includes part of the Canal Midi, and on a very clear day, one can see the Pyrenees a hundred miles to the south. (more to come…)

Looking south from Maureville toward the Pyrenees.

Looking south from Maureville toward the Pyrenees.