As our half-term break is not long enough to drive far enough south for good weather in our motorhome, this year we flew to Montpellier in order to spend some relaxing and quality time with Adonis’s mum and dad in their beautiful house in Portiragnes.
We didn’t do much other than take gentle strolls on Portiragnes Plage and along the Canal du Midi, one of the oldest canals in Europe still in operation which links the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean sea, quite an impressive feat of engineering at 241 km long, built during the reign of Louis XIV between 1666 and 1681 under the supervision of Pierre-Paul Riquet. During the summer, this is an extremely popular path for runners, cyclist, skaters and walkers, but this time of year it is lovely and tranquil: just what the doctor ordered!
We also went to see the locks in Vias, where the Canal du Midi crosses the river Libron, another amazing example of good old engineering.
One of the things I love doing whilst walking on the beach in Portiragnes is collecting seashells for my garden rockery and house and patio plants, as they are very large, pretty and decorative, but I also enjoy the winter landscape with all the logs swept on the deserted beach, or just watching the fishing boats out at sea.
But best of all, was just sitting in the Saysell ‘ranch’ enjoying family dinners and soaking up the sun in the patio. Because best things in life are simple!