We live on an apron of wine-making activity at the foot of the Causse, a somewhat desolate limestone plateau that forms the southern portion of the Massif Central. When Paris was already a cosmopolitan city of the world, the Causse was obscure, where each valley spoke an indecipherable dialect. Today, with its grand canyons and hidden places, it's a traveler's feast. Crumpled valleys. Deep gorges. The cliff-hanging cheese town of Roquefort. The Causse is our backyard.
The Mediterranean is our front yard, 20 minutes' drive away; the blue stuff on the lower right. Our town, Valros, is next to Pézenas, one of France's great antiquing centers; and a significant South of France arts destination. It's across the Hérault River valley from Montagnac. And it's near the Bassin de Thau, a huge shellfish farming area, backed by an undeveloped beach that runs for miles. Look just southeast of center on this relief map. That's us. Hi!