The phenomena of blogging had exploded onto our screens long before the current sanitary crisis. However, in the current confinement, blogs are a link to the outside world, to something beyond our own four walls… to people other than our immediate family, pets or reflections in the mirror!

With quaint, cobbled streets, pretty squares, lively shops, restaurants, and bars, and art and music museums, there is certainly enough temptation to hang around the town, but there is plenty going on around and about too.

Did you know that the word ‘apéritif’ comes from the Latin ‘aperire’ meaning to open or uncover? As it is typically served before a meal to whet the appetite, (as opposed to a ‘digestif’, which is served at the end of a meal to aid digestion), it opens both appetites and a bottle or two.

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.

What better season to try this Watermelon Gazpacho, fresh, light, and cool on a hot P-O summer day! Ingredients Approx 3 cups of watermelon, chopped and seeded 1 cucumber, diced 1 red or yellow bell…