Booked very last minute, I was fortunate enough to join Tess and Gerard on their pre- Easter break serching for properties in South East France….Flying from Luton to Beziers 6.35am we were in Portiragnes Plage enjoying a beer by noon….although my french is practically non-existant I soon picked up odd words and phrases, one of which was used regularly…la meme chose, same again…. The season does not really start until May but a few restaurant and bars were open for business, one of which was Le Caraibe, the owners are fab, for every 2 rounds we bought they insisted on buying us 1..it made us visit them on several occasions. We decided to try the Caraibe restaurant and although the service was slow the food which included Oysters and baked Camembert for shared starters followed by entrecote and lamb cutlets were very good..all washed down with a few glasses of champagne and beers…. Around the corner from Le Caraibe is Christians, again a good meal served with plenty of good chips and salad…Tess opted for pork, Gerard had duck as for me, steak which was well cooked….I really wanted roast chicken and chips from the rotisserie but all were reserved for clever people who knew to pre-order..damn! On our little excursions an we discovered several pretty villages, one of which was Magalas, in need of refreshment we found a locals cafe/restaurant, entering for a coffee we ended up having a meal which, as described by Tess was delightful…. hungry as usual, I had pizza which was very nice but Gerard won the day by having the 11 euro menu of the day…..envious, to say the least we watched Gerard devour the seafood quiche, followed by plate of couscous with all types of meats and then a creme brulee to finish……wow!! A very pleasant afternoon was spent visiting Gerard’s friends, Gill and Barry. Vieussan is a picture postcard village with beautiful views across the river Orb…simply stunning..Gill is a fabulous cook and a meal of homemade lasagna with garlic bread and fresh salad followed by a warm chocolate pastry in cream…sorry can’t remember the name was delicious. Gill and Barry are excellent hosts and very good company, I must say a big thankyou for making me feel so welcome…after lunch a walk to the river and a go on the rope swing for Tess and Gerard…pic’s to follow Remembering to pre-order the previously mentioned rotisserie chicken we ventured out to collect…having a few beers along the way we arrived 20 mins late to collect only to find that Christians were having their opening night….an explanation/apology in french was quickly given by the owner…chickens running late!!! and we were invited in for champagne and canapes….how could we refuse, in short we did’nt…3 glasses later and fairly full we thanked our hosts and collected our well cooked chicken and chips and staggered off home…chicken eaten and a few beers/wines later we had an early night for our trip home the following day…..many thanks dear friends for your hospitality and good company. Dawn.