In many regions of France, the ritual gathering of mushrooms in the autumn (but also spring spring and summer depending upon the weather), is a culture in itself. Whole families or groups of friends make a day of it, and head off ‘à la recherche des champignons’

Les Enfants de la Mer has confirmed Argelès as a key national player in the field of environmental activism and sustainable development. Back for its 9th edition, this recurring summer-long project was originally inspired by the outdoor photography exhibition, Vivants, in Paris back in 2007. Aiming to engage and educate visitors of all ages, les Enfants de la Mer is a collaborative effort, unique in France.

Here’s a new take on an almond dish. Adding cinnamon gives a warming and comforting feeling whilst eating them. If you’d like them hot add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of chilli powder.
Take care with boiling sugar. The use of a rolling pin in the final stage allows lots of opportunities for kitchen humour!

I swear.... In the 12th century, Catalans already had a well developed sense of identity and pride. This ancient Catalan oath of allegiance was sworn by the leaders of the council  to the monarch of…

As usual, PO Life brings you walks, restaurant reviews, recipes, airport news, French and English language exercises, silly jokes, days out…… and a host of talented guest writers who have volunteered (or been volunteered) to be your personal guides around the region.

If you are a resident of France, you should be registered with a specific doctor, a médecin traitant. If you do not have a nominated GP, you will  receive  less money back from the Assurance Maladie (National Health)  via your carte vitale.