42 rue Victor Hugo – it’s all about the food and wine – and client service, of course!
245 and counting… – THINKING ABOUT BEING SOMEWHERE ELSE
A Languedoc Journal
Reviewed – December 8, 2009
A Languedoc Journal is the blog of Alex Hampshire; a man whom I would describe (from the contents of his blog alone), as a younger version of Victor Meldrew.
Alex writes about his life in the Languedoc and sometimes (like the naughty little tinker that he is), uses the F word.
Most of the time, however, his posts are just funny and obscenity free. My favourite has got to be this one… Have a Little Fun – now, I’m going to have to try that out for myself!
He seems able to put his own quirky slant on current affairs, making them seem as trivial as local gossip whilst, at the same time, exaggerating trivial local events into global catastrophes!
When he’s being funny, though, he can be very funny. This blog posting from May this year tickled my fancy….
If you receive an email from the ‘Department of Environment & Health’ saying not to eat tinned pork because of swine flu, just ignore it -
it’s SPAM !!
American Family In France – Living In And Loving The South Of France!
Aspiran Postcard – A wine village in the Hérault valley, Languedoc
Bijoux and Banter –
Bize Bytes – From Australia to Scotland and now to France.
C’est la vie – MY NEW LIFE IN FRANCE AND HOLIDAYS IN THE SUN
Reviewed – November 30, 2009
Another foodie French blog – sorry – I must be feeling hungry!
Chez Loulou is one of the most popular blogs to be found on the blogrolls of many other “Living in France” blogs.
I think that the secret to Chez Loulou‘s success is that the blog is updated almost every day, with lots of good photos and not too many words but, all of them pertinent and to the point.
It’s obvious that the author of the blog, Jennifer Greco is passionate both about her life in France and food.
Chez Mr. le Marquis du Galipot
Reviewed – May 19, 2010
Chez Mr. le Marquis du Galipot is not your typical Life in France blog.
It doesn’t follow the same shape as most other blogs that I keep an eye on and, at first viewing, might seem hard to follow.
I liken this blog, in a way, to a second-hand bookshop where the books are piled everywhere and you have to delve a bit, in order to find the treasures.
I like second-hand bookshops and I don’t mind delving and… you know what? I somehow don’t think that Mr. le Marquis du Galipot (or iwmpop as I’ll call him from here on in – don’t worry; I’ll explain it all in a moment or two), would actually mind that description too much?
Let’s hope not, anyway?
City on a Hill
Reviewed – June 30, 2010
City On A Hill is Ed Ward’s blog about his life in Montpellier.
It starts off, in February 2008, with him moving from Berlin and, for me, really gets going with the wonderful Streets from April 2009.
Streets is everything that a well thought out blog posts should be and left me with the feeling of actually having visited a “street made for horses, not even carriages.”
Conjugating Irregular Verbs
Reviewed – June 5, 2010
The Adventures of an American Family in the South of France are detailed in this blog, Conjugating Irregular Verbs.
It is Aidan’s blog and Aidan is an American who lived in Ireland (see her other blog here at Our Years in Green) before seeing the light and moving to France.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Ireland (or the Irish); indeed, I think that they were cruelly cheated out of a World Cup place (yes, Mr Henry – I hope you’re hanging your head in shame!) but I have heard that the croissants are crispier, the andouillettes are smellier and the local wines are slightly more drinkable over here…. in the land of the baguette and the beautiful 2CV!
Cruzy News –
Deux by Deux – BEN – Ex Californian muddling through the result of a massive mid-life crisis – at least that’s what I’m calling it.
Dolmens – Lost and Found –
Domain Jones – A Vine Romance – Ever fancied packing it all in and doing something completely different? Well, in 2009 and after 16 years I gave up my sales and marketing job at the wine Cooperative in Tuchan, bought a tiny vineyard and a couple of vats, and barrels and with a very big coup de main from my vigneron boyfriend gave up the office job and set up Domaine Jones. Domaine Jones is a tiny vineyard nestling below Queribus Castle in the south of France. I fell in love with this vineyard (big coup de coeur) when I visited it for the first time back in 2007. The 80 year old vines,the black slate soils and the out of this world view overlooking the Maury valley, all under the watchful eye of the Queribus castle – this vineyard was to be Domaine Jones. Dreams become reality and I bought the vineyard in 2008 and this year is my first harvest. For 16 years I had often wondered why I had come to live down here in the back of beyond leaving behind family and friends in the UK and living in a village of 500 french farmers. I now know. So with very big helping hands from my friends la debutante is all ears and keen to learn from the professionals.
Drunken Expat Writer
Reviewed – December 7, 2009
Drunken Expat Writer‘s blog won’t be for everyone. In fact, it shouldn’t really be for anyone who can consider themselves…
1). Grown Up,
2). Civilised and
However, if you can’t tick all three of the above you might want to take a look at Drunken Expat Writer‘s Blog. I scored 0 out of 3 on the test so I find myself spending quite a lot of time browsing through the weblog of Bart Calendar who introduces his blog as… This is the blog of the Drunken Ex Pat Writer, a fictional creation who cares about nothing but vodka, cigs and pussy.
Ah, he likes cats, as well. That’s nice, isn’t it?
Reading this blog is like waking up in a pool of vomit after a hard night’s partying and somehow knowing that it’s not your own vomit that you’ve been sleeping in.
Escape to France – The start of a new adventure – Anthony, Rachel and Bella are moving to France.
Get Real France – Living in France, warts ‘n all .. the good, the bad and the ugly. A lighthearted view on life in France from the perspective of moi,Karen, an Irish girl who has been living in France for 8 years. This aint no ” la vie est rosy” story, just a blog about te
Journeys of Discovery –
Reviewed – June 24, 2010
I’m not really sure how I stumbled upon l’antipodeuse.
I’ve certainly not been following it but, one day there it was on the browser (I may have clicked on another blog’s blogroll) and I was immediately hooked!
I am a fan of photoblogs anyway but, for some reason, l’antipodeuse stands out from the others. Perhaps it’s the clean simplicity of the site? Maybe the range of the subjects?
Or maybe the pure quality of the photographs?
La belle et la bouffe – Name: Sarah – Location: Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France – Here I am “en train de bouffer” at a little over age two. “Bouffer” is the French slang word for “eat”, but can also mean “to puff out one’s cheeks.” I’m an American living in Montpellier, France, doing a Master’s degree in Classics, teaching English as an assistant, and indulging in a lot of bouffe!
La Vie Cevenole
Reviewed – February 2, 2010
La Vie Cevenole belongs to Tammy and is her blog about (to use her own words), life in the Cevennes mountains, as a confirmed city-dweller with an abiding if naive affection for the great outdoors – or at least for a terrace with a panoramic view.
It is stuffed to the gills with gorgeous, sumptuous yummy recipes such as…. Rosemary and Garlic Marinade, Wild Boar Stew with Chocolate and Pinenuts and Scrambled Eggs with Black Truffles so I don’t think any visitor to this blog will go too hungry.
There are also some well considered and thought provoking posts (almost rants) about How I know I’m not French and The Scent of Dirty Hands (the latter post being about Thierry Henry’s handball – personally I think he should have the offending hand lopped off and auctioned on e-bay – people will buy just about anything, these days!)
Le Cortal –
Life in France
Reviewed – November 22, 2010
Life in France has been going, as far as this blog is concerned, since April 2005.
The blog covers the family life of Mary and Mike and their two children Celia and Nathan in the Hérault.
There is a nice comfortable rhythm to this blog: The children start school in September, there are Autumn walks and bicycle rides to be enjoyed, then it’s Nathan’s birthday and then Christmas.
Holidays are taken, places are visited and somehow, along the way, a bathroom gets renovated (perhaps twice?) And, in the summer, there is the swimming pool.
Sounds boring? Well actually it is far from that!
Life in the France Lane
Reviewed – May 6, 2010
Life in the France Lane, Languedoc is Brian’s blog.
Brian lives in Castelnaudary, Issel in the Aude and says of himself… “After 33 years working in engineering and technology industries I decided it was time for a change. My wife and I moved to France in March 2008 to run our gite and develop our soft furnishing business andwebsite development business.”
Life in the Malepère –
Life, Love and Living in France
Reviewed – October 21, 2010
I just knew that I was going to enjoy reviewing Life, Love and Living in France!
It’s one of those blogs that gets you tingling in all the wrong places!
Life, Love and Living in France is Samantha’s dysfunctional castle.
Samantha is, in her own words… “a self proclaimed princess. Aspiring authoress. Mildly neurotic, but not dangerous. Unless you touch my frog. Wait. That sounds weird. If I haven’t scared you off… stick around! In addition to life, love, living in France, and all things Francophile, I’ll share some thoughts on what it’s like to become an “instant mother figure” to a ten and a thirteen-year-old.”
Which, I guess, means that reviewing this blog is going to be a pretty fun ride.
So, buckle yourself in and take a deep breath…
And let’s start with a French lesson or two.
Living in France – L’art de Vivre – The story of Dulcie and Pete’s move to Cassagnes in the South of France, near
Perpignan. We hope you will enjoy following our adventure and chip in with comments and advice To make comments choose “anonymous” where it says “comment as” under the comment box in the drop down menu….. but then do please sign your comment so we know who you are
Living in Languedoc –
Living in London and the Languedoc –
Ma Vie Quotidienne –
Mas du Diable – Welcome to Mas du Diable, my four-seasons kitchen and seed-saving garden in the Cévennes mountains of Languedoc, France.
MONTPELLIER DAILY PHOTO –
Mr Patterson goes to Languedoc – These pages cover most of the rides I do in and around my new home in Languedoc, France. I try to update the blog at least weekly, weather and motivation levels permitting. I am also throwing in some of my old rides as ‘filler’ for those slow periods of inactivity.
My adventures in France – I am newly graduated from the University of Minnesota in Applied Economics and am extremely excited for my first post-graduate experience! I am interning in France, working for an agricultural company.
My Blog –
Olives and Articokes
Reviewed – May 9, 2010
Olives and Artichokes is a, usually bi-lingual, blog about cooking, eating and gardening in the Midi, southern France.
You can tell that France is a big country, and not all of it is “blessed” by the sort of weather I get in Brittany , by the post from last Friday (4th December), which starts…. Some rain at last! – I woke to a strange sound this morning – it was raining, and it rained for at least two hours. It’s the first proper rain we’ve had since October and it will be very good for the garden.
As well as being an interesting site (the cooking and eating posts, of which this is a great example… Sunday Lunch in the Garden, are especially interesting to my greedy guts!), the site is an excellent way of learning French (most articles being in French and English.)
Our year of living dangerously –
Perpignan Post –
Reviewed – April 30, 2010
I sometimes wonder what it is about a blog that makes me want to review it.
Of course, if that blog covers my main interests of Citroen 2CVs, Lingerie, Wild Mushroom hunting and food in general (I live a very quiet life and I don’t get out much!) then all the better but, unfortunately there are precious few blogs like that these days (I think their owners were all rounded up and taken away to places where they, and the rest of society, would be more comfortable?)
But with this blog, I knew instinctively that I had to review it!
St Bloggie de Riviere
Reviewed – March 12, 2010
Desperately searching for a Life in France type blog that had even the slightest reference to Citroen 2CVs, Mushrooms or Lingerie, I luckily stumbled upon St Bloggie de Riviere!
Now, I’ll freely admit that there’s not many posts on the above subjects (in fact, there are none at all! An omission that I’m sure will soon be rectified.)
But, there are plenty of lovely posts about a real life in France (Sarah lives near Montpellier with her two boys (13,8) and a cat called Ulysse.)
And really, anyone with a cat named Ulysse must have something interesting to say!
Terroir – Cooking and living in the Midi
The American Files
Reviewed – September 29, 2010
The American Files is the blog of someone who describes himself as… “A Stranger in Paradise exposing the daily grind of living in the South of France. Real life angst amidst the wine and cheese, berets and baguettes that you’ve become woefully accustomed to.”
Interesting stuff, eh?
It is the real life story of Checkers who is “An American who wakes up one day to find himself inhabiting someone else’s paradise”
So, where to start?
Why not start with work?
The Duchess of Earl
Reviewed – May 8, 2010
And, 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?
The Evening Hérault
Reviewed – May 7, 2010
I knew that I had to review The Evening Hérault as soon as I saw this post about Club Bastard (I think I may be a member of that club.)
If I had any second doubts (about reviewing the site, not about being a member of that rather auspicious club), these were washed away when I saw this post about Our Top 10 French Swear Words!
This, I thought to myself, is my kind of site!
The Secret Life of France –
Troc, Broc and Recup – I’m a happily married mum of two boys, aged 11 and 13, and as a family we moved to France almost six years ago. My husband works for a French company, I teach English reading and writing to the English-speaking children of the area, and now to French adults as well. We are part of a French Baptist Church in Toulouse City Centre. I love to shop for French vintage lace, fabric and household items, and to combine them with my British and global treasures in interesting ways.
These Days in France Life
Reviewed – December 30, 2009
These Days in French Life is Riana Lagarde’s blog (going since November 2004) about, in her own words….
her life as an American food and travel writer, a reformed shopper, now living a rural, “slow” non-consumerism life in the south of France with her French husband and daughter. Poorer than dirt, but living like kings from the riches of the earth.
Riana blogs about Living A Slow Year.
What’s this? Well basically, it’s getting by without buying anything (apart from food essentials.) To cope by using what abundance they have: what their preserved last summer, their garden, foraging, bartering, trading, living off what mother nature gives them.
And, you know what, it seems to work.
Wearing my Francey-Pants: Teaching Abroad –
WoW – What’s on Where in Herault –
Reviewed – February 7, 2010
ZOQY stands for Zeitgeist – Opinions – Questions – Yatter and it certainly is an apt name for Richard Randall’s very interesting blog.
Richard lives in Villeneuve les Corbières and the posts on his blog range from news, food and travelogues through reading, wine and back to food again.
Plenty of YouTube videos add to the enjoyment of this blog.
A useful start to exploring this blog would be to take a quick look at the Blog Identity post and meet Zippy (or Zoqy as he should be known.) From there you may wish to continue to try a little glass of wine (assuming that Zoqy doesn’t get there first!) and then, you might want to sample some Crap Food!
If you know of any other blogs from English speaking expats living in the Languedoc, please let me know and I’ll add them to this page.
And if you decide to visit any of the blogs shown on this page, why not leave a comment and say hello? It can sometimes be a lonely business (or, rather, hobby) being a blogger and an unexpected comment or email can really put a sparkle on the day!
All the best