Did you know that “La Marseillaise”, France’s national anthem, was actually composed in Strasbourg in 1792, not in Marseilles as we might assume? It was in fact created at the request of the mayor of Strasbourg who was looking for a patriotic, motivating song ‘”to rally our soldiers from all over to defend their homeland that is under threat”

During World War II the majority of RAF Evaders made their escape or passed through France on their way from Germany and Occupied countries, heading for the coasts in an attempt to return to England.

Named after the frosty trio of saints, St Mamert, St Pancrace, and St Servais, whose Saint days are respectively May 10th, 11th, and 12th, the expression ‘Saints de Glace’ describes a sudden return of freezing weather in late spring, which can catch us all unawares, just when we think fthat summer is on its way!

Fiona Sass and Cindy Guilbert have much in common. They both live in the High Vallespir….and they both have a passion for edible and medicinal weeds and wild plants.

Did you know that the only village in the P-O with a zero National Front vote in the 2017 elections was Casefabre in the Aspres, with its 40 population strong? Situated at 11 kilomètres from Ille-sur-Têt, tiny Casefabre boasts just a few short and narrow streets and a pretty church. Blink and you’ll miss it.