The Southwest: Occitanie

Toulouse is queen of the southwest, dressed in a seductive pink-orange brick. In her court she holds the medieval prince of Albi, with its fortified cathedral, Carcassonne, with its tremendous fortifications, and a vast rural cortege of market towns, goose farms, castle ruins, abbey churches, and hilltop and valley villages along meandering rivers. Occitanie’s departments Lot, Aveyron, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne call for rural wanderlust. Meanwhile Occitanie’s Mediterranean face, tells other tales, with Montpellier and the Nîmes catching the cultural winds of Provence, and Perpignan and Collioure catching the winds from Spain.

Paul Niedermann: Interview with a Holocaust Survivor and Witness in France

Janet Hulstrand tells about her encounter with Holocaust survivor Paul Niedermann and interviews him about his life, his work and his childhood.

Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert: Who’s Minding the Cloister?

In this cross-Atlantic travel article Elizabeth Esris examines the beauty and the history of the village of Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert in southwest France and then returns home to discover some of its missing elements at The Cloisters in New York.

In Roussillon: Stilettos and Misericordes at Fort Saint Elme

We are now accustomed to the tools of the trade of character assassination. But medieval warfare required tools of more penetrating assassination such as the stilettos and misericordes on display among other medieval weaponry and armor at Fort Saint Elme, overlooking the Mediterranean just north of the Spanish border at Collioure in Languedoc-Roussillon.

Languedoc Trails: When a Dream of a Horseback Ride Turns into a Nightmare

Horseback riding in southwest France with a stunning view of the Pyrenees over their shoulders was a dream come true for Judy and Dave...

Adventures in Southwest France: A Home in the Landes

In which an English family move into a once-prestigious property in southwest France with hopes of enjoying the good life abroad. What they discovered was hard work… and the good life abroad.

Rocamadour Legends, a Cyclist’s View

Inveterate cyclist Walter J. Moore, 70, takes a biking trip in the departments of Dordogne and Lot in southwest France and stops along the dramatic cliffs of Rocamadour to explore history and legends.

Cycling in the Southwest: The Gorges of the Tarn and the Jonte

Walter J. Moore sets out on an 18-day self-guided cycling tour along the Gorges of the Tarn and the Jonte in southwestern France.
dogs Congénies Quaker House

Congénies Quaker House: Peace, Friends and Dogs

Photos by David Kashoff of the Quaker House and village of Congénies, France, located between Nimes and Montpellier in the Languedoc region.
A meal at the Quaker Center of Congénies

Quakers in France: Finding Friends in Languedoc

Judy Kashoff tells of the history of Quakers in France and settles in for a visit at the Quaker House in Congénies in Languedoc.

Private Paris & France Tours

Award-winning travel writer and editor Gary Lee Kraut is the go-to guy for individuals and agencies seeking personalized tours, events and advice in Paris and throughout France.

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