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Monday, July 20, 2009

A great day out in the Languedoc

Off the A 75 at Sainte Eulalie de Cernon

An abandoned railway has been given a new lease of life by Velorail. Small railway wagons fitted with pedals allow you to glide down this fascinating track, through tunnels and over viaducts and all with breathtaking views of the valley de Cernon and the hills, rock outcrops and even cattle grazing in the fields. It also runs through what amounts to a nature reserve - all seen from these small railcars in close to silence.

2 routes are on offer - up-hill "les Papillons" is for the hearty as it is quite a pedal uphill - though coming back down is fun.

In the other direction - "les Orchidees" is pretty pedal free after the first 300 meters and then a delightful glide down hill. And the bonus is - a train will come down after you and take you back to the top! We left at 11.ish and got back at around one o'clock - good value for €16 we thought and after working up an appetite - well judged for lunch - how very French.

Each "car" has 2 pedaling positions and an easy seat for 2 more passengers. Even if you are not a rail fan you will enjoy it - not an anorak zone at all.

Booking a good idea as the trips run in batches - full details on the website - just 2 trips a day in June but 4 or more in July.

www.veloraildularzac.com or phone 05 65 58 72 10

This info was provided by Robin Hicks, the best local knowledge there is. Be sure to visit his site What's on where in Herault

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

New development of property in Canet is fantastic

I have just come back from a site visit of a new project of 6 village houses in the village of Canet, just of the A75 near Clermont l'Herault.

These properties in Canet are really starting to take shape and I have to say that I think they'r great.

When I first saw the drawings last year I liked them but to be honest it's only now I've actually walked through them that they really apeal to me.

Think of them as well laid out, good sized village houses with big garages and nice sized, wide terraces at first floor level leading out from the reception room.

The prices are pretty much OK and I would strongly suggest a site visit to this property in Canet if you are lookig for a village house in the Herault in the 200,000€ region.


I'll get details of these Languedoc properties onto our "Property for sale" section of the website over the next few days.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Lunch in Faugeres

Went to a friend's BBQ birthday lunch yesterday with my wife and children. On top of a little hill just outside the village of Faugeres, with stunning views over the local countryside. Food was great, music was good and all the children had a great time chasing each other through the garden sprinkler. All in all, a nice way to spend a Sunday.

Simon Kerridge www.languedocpropertyfinders.com