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Neffiès (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Front door and climbing plant in Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you’ve followed my blog, my Twitter or Instagram feed for a little while now, you’ll know that I love France. Since I left Paris in 2000, we’ve been lucky enough to visit some part of France nearly every year since then.  When I lived there, as a poor student, then a poor English teacher, I didn’t travel much. Since I worked mostly hourly-paid jobs, if I wasn’t at work, I wasn’t being paid and even though most of my jobs gave me long summer holidays, most of them didn’t pay me over that time. So my travel was kind of limited. I’m lucky I love Paris in the summer, really!

These days, whilst I do make it my business to head back to Paris on a regular basis, Neil and I have been exploring different areas of France over the course of a few summers now, always joined by our friend Cathy, who we met in Cuba, and sometimes my best friend from my Paris days, Liz. We’re slowly discovering many parts of France I never got to see when I lived there.  So far, we’ve checked out Cassis, Biarritz, Alsace, Burgundy, Brittany, Champagne, the southern Rhône and recently, Languedoc-Roussillon.  This coming summer, we’re heading to Gascony and Bergerac.  I’ve been reminded of trips past just recently when I was organising my photos and found files and files of “unblogged about” trip photos.

In each town we visit, we spend 1-2 weeks, renting houses directly from owners. We’ve discovered some real gems of both towns and houses and over the years we’ve learned what really needs to be on our “must have” list (for the houses and towns) to the point where I am able to scan a property listing and know fairly well immediately if it’s what we’re looking for or not. In fact, most summers on our last night together, we choose another region to explore the following year and I start looking there and then! Did someone say organised? ;)

On the streets of Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comLast summer we rented a gorgeous house in the town of Neffiès, a tiny commune in the Hérault department in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The town met our criteria of having all the essentials – a boulangerie, a café, some restaurants, a lovely town square and a small grocery store. As well as all that, it was, well, gorgeous. Today I thought I’d to share some images of this “hidden gem” of a town that we so enjoyed staying in.

Town square in Neffies France on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe town square was a lovely place for a stroll in the early morning (on the way to the boulangerie, of course) before the heat of the day set in…

In and around Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe loved the narrow streets (although our car did not and ou GPS must have uttered the words “If possible do a U-turn” more than I care to remember!).

Blue window shutters in Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe all fell in love with the beautiful shutters…

A stroll around Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd the narrow streets where sometimes the only direction for the gardens to grow is up!

Archway in Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.com(that would be one of the atmospheric streets that the car wasn’t able to drive in!)

Raspberries on the streets of Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd just outside the town, an abundance of berries…

Red window shutters in Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comMore shutter-love – this time, red!

Images of Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comand green…

Green shutters in Neffies on eatlivetravelwrite.comBeing so tiny, Neffiès feels almost deserted during a summer day but that’s just because it’s hot and people tend to stay indoors until the sun sets. Once the sun goes down, people start emerging from their houses and hanging out in the restaurants and square and café. It’s a lovely place to spend a week or so and we thoroughly enjoyed the slower pace. The town itself is close enough to a lot of the busier tourist towns that you don’t feel isolated at all, even though it’s so small.  We drove as far as the Camargue one day (that was a long day of driving but definitely do-able) Roquefort another. It’s close to lots of places you’d want to visit in the area.

Like what you see? Go see Neffiès for yourself. Where to stay? We can highly recommend Libellule, perfect for 4 people, can accommodate up to 6.

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16 Responses to Neffiès (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

  1. Paula April 15, 2014 at 07:42 #

    A beautiful post to read, especially on such a dreary and cold *Spring* (and I use the term lightly) day such as we are having today.

  2. Maria @ Box of Stolen Socks April 15, 2014 at 08:24 #

    Lovely pictures Mardi! I also have an obsession with window shutters when I visit small villages in the Croatian countryside…and cats! I admire your organisation and determination! I am nothing like that I am leaving for Easter holidays to Greece tomorrow and my bags are still unpacked and have no idea what we are going to do for 10 days…lots of food and drink for sure. Happy Easter!

    • Mardi Michels May 9, 2014 at 16:46 #

      LOL – seems many people are obsessed with window shutters!

  3. Mr. Neil April 15, 2014 at 08:31 #

    Ahhh….a lovely memory post, especially on this most dreary “spring” day (snow? seriously?!?!?).

    Mardi’s forgotten Provence and the area around Marseille!

    Our wonderful (mostly summer) trips, as I follow all the wine routes… ;-)

  4. Peter April 15, 2014 at 10:29 #

    A fabulous post, Mardi. Our favourite part of France is the Dordogne region. Sarlat and Carlux are two beautiful towns in the Cahors wine region.

    • Mardi Michels May 9, 2014 at 16:45 #

      Yes we love the Dordogne too and will be back in Cahors this summer!

  5. Coco in the Kitchen April 16, 2014 at 17:21 #

    These photos make me wish I could move to France!
    Beautiful cat, artchitecture. Love it all!

  6. Jamie April 17, 2014 at 06:55 #

    What a wonderful way to visit and get to know a country… or a region. I have been in the region a long time ago but now your beautiful photos make me want to go back and explore more. So when do you head out to the Grand Ouest?

  7. Loulou April 17, 2014 at 14:43 #

    So nice to read about your trip last summer and am happy you enjoyed your time in the L-R. Hope to see you again this year!

  8. Judit & Corina @Wine Dine Daily April 20, 2014 at 13:20 #

    Mardi, your beautiful photos transported us back to our trips to the enchanting French country site. Love your shutter images and we have to admit that we were very busy too capturing old shutters and doors on our trips. Thank you for the inspiration we will put Languedoc-Roussillon on our list to visit :)
    J+C

    • Mardi Michels May 9, 2014 at 16:43 #

      The shutters and old doors are kind of entrancing…

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