France's land of wine: the entrepreneurial spirit in the Languedocian vineyards. A strongly defined region: a passion for bulls and horses, Languedocian watersports, rugby clubs. Languedoc-Roussillon the rebellious: the Cathars, rebelling vignerons. Modern Languedoc-Roussillon: promoting the region, Montpellier, Georges Freche, Mission Racine - redesigning the shore. Le Gard: Aigues-Mortes - salt of tears, salt of the sea, the Huguenot spirit lives on, about crosses. La Lozere: la Bete du Gevaudan, fetes du pain, digital age in Lozere, le maquis 'Montaigne'. L'Herault: sons of Sete - Georges Brassens, Paul Valery', a heritage shaped by terroir - Pezenas, Marseillan - forgotten grapevine varieties have a future, Canal du Midi - tour de force. L'Aude: the shadows of the Cathars, Carcassonne, Castelnaudary, Gruissan, Limoux. Les Pyrenees-Orientales: the identity of Roussillon, Perpignan - the character of the Catalan language, the little yellow train, Rivesaltes and Marshal Joffre, le fete de l'ours. Voices of France: Guiraud Riquier, 'Serenada'; Alphonse Daudet, 'Le Cure de Cucugnan' (extract); 'La Legende de Babau'; Andre Chamson, 'Catinat' (extract); Charles Trenet, 'La Mer' (song); Jean Larteguy, 'Les Baladins de la Margeride' (extract). Bibliographic references; Not to be Missed - villes & pays d'art & d'histoire, beaux villages, natural regional & national parks, Unesco World Heritage sites; Regional websites, newspapers, universities. Appendix: the regional languages of France. Index.
* Not just a travel book - history and culture are emphasized; * Reflects the real-life French point of view; * Contains extracts and quotes from literature, local and private announcements; * Educational: selections from Daudet, Chamson, Trenet, Larteguy in French and translated into English; * Ideal for English-speaking expats living in France; * Great for local tourist and administrative offices; * Good for motorway rest-area shops (travelling British, Irish, Americans, Dutch, Germans, Scandinavians).
Born in Paris, Catherine Pinchetti is a graduate of the Ecole des Chartes, a French Grande Ecole for historians and curators of heritage subjects. She taught French widely in the USA, France and the UK in prep schools, universities, Alliances Francaises and chambers of commerce. She also contributed numerous articles to 'Bien-dire', a French magazine for learners of French, and 'Go! English', a similar journal for learners of English. She was actively involved in cross-Channel language and cultural exchanges, notably through twinning associations and summer-job placements for students. She now divides her time between Cambridge and Fontainebleau, and has embarked on a a new career as a writer.