THE FRENCH ART DE VIVRE

There’s something about France in general and the south of France in particular. Maybe it’s the balmy weather, the salty air, the crickets, the distinct flavours and fragrances that have inspired movie directors throughout history… Channel your inner Bardot and cruise along the coastline, roof down, halting for a glass of rosé “en terrasse”. Or join the older folks drinking pastis at the “place du village” (the town square) for a cheeky game of pétanque. History buffs can explore the Roman ruins and medieval towns. Drift along the Canal du Midi or set sail in the Mediterranean. Go skiing in the Pyrénées. Harvest, shuck and devour oysters (Thau lake is renowned for them). Take “apéro” hour as seriously as the locals do. Basically, do it the French way.