"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Floc Ferme, Coussa

Previously, when we have gone on holiday to France, we have wandered where the fancy took us and stayed in hotels wherever we decided to stop. Hotels in France can be much cheaper than in Britain, although prices are beginning to increase now and bargains are harder to find. This year, however, we came across this lovely spot just on the outskirts of a village called Coussa in the Ariege region of France, not far from the Pyrenees and only fifty miles from Andorra. It is owned and run by Robin, brother of the infamous Yorkshire Pudding, and his partner, Suzie. Check out the link and you can read all the details for yourself. Keith and I rented the smallest of the gites, which, like the others, boasted wonderful views and was very comfortable. Robin and Suzie were very welcoming and friendly and have obviously put in a lot of effort to ensure that guests have a comfortable stay.
Although we shot off over the Pyrenees into Spain one day, even Keith (who has a round bottom - he can't stay in one place for long) was more than content to spend the rest of the week visiting the local areas. We particularly liked the neighbouring towns of Mirepoix and Pamiers and there are are lots of activities available in the area, such as cycling, horse riding and even hang gliding or just walking and taking in the beautiful scenery and the peace and quiet.
Oh, there is a swimming pool too... but that's another story.


  1. Hi Jenny
    Glad to see you had a nice time! France is such a wonderfully cultured place and even for a roundbottom like Keith, there's always something to see and do!

    Apologies that it's been so long since I was in touch!

  2. Too true, Wallo. Nice to see you back again. :)

  3. Maman, je suis extrêmement dérangé pour vous entendre entretien de Keith' ; le fond de s ainsi….quelques choses devraient demeurer privées entre deux personnes ! Welcome home...

  4. What do you mean - the swimming pool is another story? Are there crocodiles in it? Is there a lascivious lifeguard? Or are you simply saying that there was no water in the bloody thing?

    Glad you enjoyed your stay there. It's so peaceful isn't it? I'm surprised that so far south in July the weather was rather iffy.

  5. Not exactly NO water, YP, just not enough. ;)
    It is very peaceful there and we did have some glorious days, but only 3 of continuous sunshine out of the week. Global warming you see...!

  6. Kathy, something tells me that you wrote that in English and used the French translator...n'est ce pas?;)
    Talk to you soon. xx

  7. It's been a long time since I done French....and it was late when I wrote it as I was bored and on nights...

  8. It's been a long time since I what??? Grammar, child, grammar!



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