The white-hot, eleven-year love affair between Louis XIV and his second Maîtresse en Titre, Athénaïs, Marquise de Montespan. Among her many nicknames were La Reine Sultane, The Diamond Marquise, The Beautiful Enchantress, The Torrent, and Quanto.

Sweet Wine, Chocolates Galore, and Women’s Voices  Basil Howitt reports on the exceptionally dynamic village of Maury under its long-time mayor, the potter Charles Chivilo. If you head west on the D117 from the Catalan…

  “The Perfect Fortress”   Basil Howitt visits La Forteresse de Salses, one of the ten most popular heritage sites in the Languedoc-Roussillon, with 82,388 recorded annual visitors at the latest published count. “Salses was…

Little yellow train top tips.....from P-O Life forum The scenery is spectacular, but It is not so easy to view the scenery and watch the road so I think I'll try the train next time…