It is easy to get to the Languedoc. Follow the Rhone south through France, then once you hit the Mediterranean coast, turn right.
The mystery is that for generations, people have been getting to the sea and turning left to Provence.
This lack of attention means that the Languedoc is France's last undiscovered Mediterranean secret.
Now Rupert Wright introduces you to the region's winemakers, oyster farmers, canal people and celebrated inhabitants, living and dead, including Montpellier's dynamic Mayor, Georges Freche, and local matador Juan Bautista.
You will learn about the Languedoc's troubled and fascinating history, visit bullfights and boar hunts, and hear about the writers and artists that have lived and travelled in this intriguing land.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Ebury Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/07/2005
- Category: Travel writing
- ISBN: 9780091905637
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Review by robeik
Rupert Wright shares some of the history, culture and sights of the Languedoc region. Often driven through and past by tourists it's still relatively unknown when compared the other regions in southern France. The author is supposedly writing letters to his elderly grandmother, but that is barely noticeable. Often witty, easy reading (I read it on the bus/train to and from work), and contains useful information for the would-be traveller to the region - it was certainly useful for us. I like the short table of contents or summary at the start of each chapter; reminiscent of books of many years ago.