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…

If you travel about 15 kilometres north from Perpignan, by train or on the N9, you come to another frontier town, Salses-le-Château, beyond which you are again in the land of the “gabatx”: this time in the Aude département of the Languedoc. The two adjoining communes to the north and west of Salses are Fitou and Opoul-Périllos.

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…