A Taste of Garlic

The Duchess of Earl - Languedoc-Roussillon

languedoc roussillon  The Duchess of Earl   because we all love reading blogs about life in FranceAnd, still in the Hérault, I thought that it might be nice to pop in and visit (electronically, of course), The Duchess of Earl.

The Duchess (as I’ll call her from now) was (to use her own words) born in South Dakota, came to study in France in 1994, met her English husband (the Duke), lived in Cannes, Paris, Toronto and Gloucestershire and finally settled in the Languedoc in 2000.

She now has two little girls (the little ladies) who are growing up bilingual and with three cultural variations, just to make it more fun as a parent…

So, what does The Duchess have to say that might interest me?

Well, as it happens, quite a lot.

To start with, although not specifically about a 2CV, there is a very funny post (just one of many very funny posts) about two American tourists who mistook first gear and reverse on their rental car and ended up in the canal!

But don’t worry; I don’t think they damaged the canal too much!

The Duchess wisely chose to illustrate this post with a picture of a red 2CV (not quite as fast as a blue 2cv but still a very nice car!)

From there, The Duchess goes on to describe The Return of a Sexy French Icon – the Citroen DS, no less!

Unfortunately, she then goes on to describe her husband’s the Citroen H van (which has a maximum speed of 30km/hour, has no seatbelts and very little floor left in it) as…. quite possibly the un-sexiest car she has ever seen!  Grounds for Divorce, one would have thought?

Moving swiftly along…..

We get to see where The Duchess lives (whilst she is abusing perfectly delightful Citroen vans) in My Little Corner of the World!

And, like The Duchess, I know that I’ll Sleep Easier Tonight because the Gendarmes are on the case.  Even if there are some Dirty Politics about!

She is kind enough to warn us that there are some dangerous images on the post that describes her husband’s workplace.  It certainly must be A Tough Day at The Office for him!

You can certainly see why they might need to pop off the The Beach en Familie every now and again, just to recover!

And if that isn’t enough, occasionally The Duchess pops over the border for Lunch in Spain (as you do!)  Oh, is there no end to to the charmed life?

Still, I suppose that lunching in another country might be a requirement if you Father in Law is an English Talking Megaphone?

Anyway, I’m not going to feel sorry for The Duchess. I think that she’s probably got rather a nice life (even if she does try to claim that Life is like a load of laundry!)

Why don’t you pop over to The Duchess of Earl to find out for yourself?

Just make sure that, if you drive a Citroen H Van, you park it round the back!

And me?  Well, I understand that there are some Ladies of the Night, or Day that might just be able to help me with my eternal quest for a decent Lingerie post (and perhaps one of them might even drive a 2CV and may even enjoy mushrooming?)

All the best

languedoc roussillon  The Duchess of Earl   because we all love reading blogs about life in France


  • By Rachelle, May 8, 2010 @ 8:13 am

    Hi Keith- Thanks so much for your review of my blog. Looks like you’ve been busy in the archives! Your site is fab, such a great resource for francophiles. Keep up the great work!
    PS- I love me a blue 2CV, but why do so many of them seem to have floors missing? I’m intrigued….

  • By Keith Eckstein, May 8, 2010 @ 12:11 pm


    I think that 2CVs (and derivatives such as the Ami, the Dyane and the H van), and also the Renault 4, have a separate chassis.

    So, as long as the chasis is OK, you can have as many holes in the floor without it affecting the structural integrity of the car body.

    There is, I believe (and certainly in Brittany), a sort of reverse chic about having holes in the floor of your car?

    I know that often the conversation in the local bar is about how little metal is left holding the rest of the car together…

    By the way, I loved reviewing your blog.

    All the best


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