21st December 2012 – Mayans Predictions & South France Holiday Villas

21st December 2012 – Mayans Predictions & South France Holiday Villas

Almost all possibility of being saved by UFOs sold out.

You may have heard the date 21st December 2012 being bandied around over the past year or so.  You may even have heard why…  The end of the world is nigh, so say the Mayans.  A measly few-million other people apparently agree with them; after all, they were incredibly advanced in maths and astrology.

Well, don’t abandon all hope yet.  It looks as though the UFOs might have got wind of the 21st December 2012 smorgasbord of cataclysmic disasters as well (perhaps the Mayans told them) and they (the UFOs) may be making an appearance atop a mountain in the remote village of Bugarach in the south of France.

Bugarach is located in the department of Aude in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon and at the foot of Pic de Bugarach, the highest mountain (4040ft) in the Corbieres mountain range.

Also known as the “Upside Down Mountain”, Pic de Bugarach is said to have mystical, magical properties and has been a gathering place for a variety of people; hippies, tourists, cults—the usual, since the latter part of the twentieth century.  Perhaps the mountain really does have magical properties, or perhaps it just looks rather odd…

Anyway, Bugarach is famous for its UFO activity and it is widely believed that if you are in this location on 21st December 2012, the UFOs will not only also be there, but will invite you aboard their mothership and beam you up to distant climes.

So, is it worth hightailing to the south of France mid December on the off chance the world does end and the UFOs will take you?  If you decide an unequivocal yes, you’d better hurry.  Unfortunately, the possibility of being saved by UFOs on this fateful day is running out.  It appears thousands of people have had the same idea and available accommodation is scarce.

Of course if the world does end we guarantee your money back and a free two week stay in any of our available villas the following year…

If, however, ancient and current pundits have all got it wrong and everything continues as normal, you will have a week feasting on the best of French food and wine, and arrive back home beautifully refreshed to await the next prophets of doom.

To look at villas, please visit www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk

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Joyeuses Pâques (Happy Easter)

Well, only two and a half days to go until Easter.  I expect the Easter Bunny is very busy so I hope they’re wrong about the snow and that the sun holds out for him!

We’ve still got some availability for Easter weekend at some of our luxury spa resorts (I’m working on a new site for them currently but if you’d like to see the work in progress www.villaslanguedoc.com).  It’s STILL a massive 25% discount so if you’re feeling like a lastminute getaway, contact us at www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk

EASTER TRADITIONS AND FACTS IN FRANCE 

Easter in France

Easter in France

I found out some interesting traditions and facts surrounding Easter in France so I thought I’d share:

  • On the evening of the Thursday before Good Friday, called Le Jeudi Saint, no church bells will be heard in France.  It is a tradition that they all remain silent.
  • La Chasse aux Oeufs – Easter egg hunt – occurs on Easter Sunday because on Saturday evening the “Easter Bunny” (Le Lapin de Paques) has scattered Easter eggs all around for all the children to find!  It is also tradition that children build nests on the Saturday so the Easter Bunny can put eggs into them and sometimes the Easter Bunny is even left some carrots to nibble on!
  • If a boy is born around the Easter period, he may be named Pascal which means “belonging to Easter”
  • In French, “Lent” is “Le Carême”
  • The week before Easter Sunday is called La Semaine Sainte which basically means Holy Week.
  • Palm Sunday is called Le Dimanche Des Rameaux (rameaux means branches) because when Jesus rode into Jerusalem, he was greeted by palm branches being laid in his path.  Today the French carry decorated branches to church in celebration.

Holiday Destinations for 2012

Are you trying to decide where to holiday this year?  Can’t decide between a beach holiday, an activity holiday or a cultural holiday?  Well why not try out the south of France?!

Canoeing / Kayaking Provence, south of France

Canoeing / Kayaking Provence, south of France

I have been researching the areas of Languedoc, Provence and Cote d’Azur recently for our new website pages (see below) and it is amazing how many activities and different types of holiday in which you may partake if you’re in the south of France.

Rich in architecture, culture and history, the south of France can interest anyone from keen historians to excitable children.  A multitude of sporting activities from kayaking, swimming, and scuba diving to horse-riding, tennis, and motor sports can be pursued.  Relaxation on the beach, wine-tasting, partying in the eclectic towns are just a few other activities which make the south of France an ideal holiday destination.  Moreover, it’s only and hour and a half on the plane instead of eight!

For more information on activities in the south of France, check out our new website pages:

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/languedoc.php
http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/provence.php
http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/cote-d-azur.php

To book accommodation for this year, visit www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk

Perfect Holiday Villages in the South of France

Holiday in Nissan-lez-Enserune or Colombiers

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday destination in the south of France this year, check out the two villages below:

Nissan-lez-Enserune

The village of Nissan Lez Enserune is a small, mediaeval wine-producing village.  In the village centre you will find bars, several restaurants, banks, ATM, grocery store, salon, local wine outlet, bakery, post-office and chemist.  Nissan has a traditional street market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning.

The glorious Mediterranean beaches are just a 15 minute drive away and the area is well served by airports at Montpellier and Beziers. Barcelona, Spain is a 3 hour drive away. Breathtaking countryside, friendly villagers, amazing wine and fresh produce are all what you will find when holidaying in this beautiful village.

This region is imbued with the essence of its intriguing history. A short drive into the Pyrenees will lead to the legendary Rennes le Chateau. The enigmatic Knights Templar and Cathar Heretics hid their secrets here among the Greek and Roman ruins. The enigmatic Knights Templar and Cathar Heretics hid their secrets here among the Greek and Roman ruins.

A location with international appeal, one finds diverse year round activities sure to entertain guests of all ages and desires. Fully catered or self-catered experiences options are offered. Available excursions include boating, wine châteaux tours, cycling, classes for French cooking and language, scuba diving and sightseeing to the Cathar Ruins, Canal Du Midi and shopping.

Our region in the Languedoc is rich and varied, which you will really enjoy exploring. You can only really get to know the region after spending some time discovering its countryside, meandering along its paths and beaches and tasting its fine wines. Its Mediterranean coast and mountainous hinterland are bathed in sunshine over 300 days a year and provide wonderful escapades for families or couples, on horseback or on foot, by bike or by canoe.

If you would like to stay in Nissan-lez-Enserune, click on the links below to view some of our properties in this village:

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=NISS102

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=NISS103

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=NISS104

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=NISS105

Colombiers

You will find a pretty network of old streets in the village of Colombiers which nestles in a curve in the Canal du Midi.  A port was built here, on the Canal du Midi, in 1989 and there are many boat hire companies from which to choose if you fancy a relaxing cruise along the canal.  A good company to choose is Rive de France: http://www.rivedefrance.com/

The area is rich in lovely typical southern villages. The old town centres, the markets, cafes and restaurants make these communities lively and welcoming.  The beautiful tree-lined Canal du Midi which links the Atlantic with the Mediterranean has miles of flat walks along the shady tow paths.

If you would like to stay in Colombiers, click on the links below to view some of our properties in this village:

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=COL101

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=COL103

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=COL107

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=COL108

http://www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk/detail.php?ref=COL109

Collioure – the perfect retreat for a holiday!

Breakfast beckons...

Collioure is a beautiful little village at one of the most south-western points of France, near the border of Spain and situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.  It was in this village that Picasso, Derain and Matisse lived and painted.

This little bower of bliss is host to some of the most spectacular views you might see; majestic snow-capped mountains, vast expanses of golden sand and aquamarine water.  It’s no wonder Picasso, Derain and Matisse found such inspiration here.

Being on the coast, there is an abundance of activities to suit all needs; gently sipping wine whilst enjoying the glorious views; any number of water sports; relaxing on the beach; visits to the mountains; wine-tasting; sight-seeing at the chateaux, cathedrals and gorgeous old towns, and much, much more!

What a gorgeous beach!

If you are looking to book a holiday this year, perhaps Collioure is the place for you.  The border of Spain is around a 15 minute drive from Collioure, with Figueras 30 minutes away, Girona 50 minutes away and Barcelona an hour and a half away.

Visit us at www.southfranceholidays.co.uk to book a holiday is this magnificent region.

Room with a View...

Provence

About Provence

We have recently acquired many properties in the Provence region, and as such are going to add a page onto our website all about Provence.  Here’s a sneak peek:

Beautiful beaches, wondrous wetlands, picturesque parks, calming countryside, and titillating towns; just a few of the associations with the beautiful region of Provence.  We mustn’t forget Monaco, the second smallest country in the entire world!

The name Provence is an antiquated name and refers to the region now called Provence-Alpes-Cote D’Azur.  This region is the most south-eastern in France adjacent to the Mediterranean sea and the border of Italy.  The region is broken into departements Var, Vaucluse, Bouches-du-Rhone, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, and some of Hautes-Alpes.  Many people still know this region simply as Provence.

Beautiful Beaches If you’re looking for a beach holiday in Provence, look no further than the glorious beaches of the Mediterranean!  Not only does this region experience approximately 300 sunny days per year, but there is something for everyone; quiet family beaches, lively sporting beaches, naturist beaches, and many more.

From Stes-Maries-de-la-Mer set among the sand dunes of the Camargue with beautiful white sandy beaches, to the stylish and exclusive St. Tropez’s golden beaches and the meticulously clean expanse of sandy beach of Cannes, can you believe you only need to fly just over an hour to reach this culture-rich region?

Ile de Poquerolles is an island (15 minute ferry ride from Giens) just off the coast near Toulon.  The best white sand beaches are Plage d’Argent, Plage de la Courtade and Plage de Notre-Dame.  Definitely worth a visit and you get a short ferry ride into the bargain too!

Plage de Tahiti in St. Tropez, Western Riviera is France’s most famous beach.  Movie stars frequent the flowing golden sand stretches and wearing a swim suit is optional!

Took book a holiday villa go to www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.uk

Pezenas – a lively and traditional town in the Languedoc, south of France, and a perfect place to rent a holiday villa.

The mediaeval town of Pezenas has long been a haven for artists and is a wonderful example of a real, working typical Languedoc village. Discover the old Jewish quarter of the village in a maze of winding streets and the many artisan shops selling handcrafted wares. With its exc…ellent choice of restaurant and pavement cafés, festivals, concerts and cultural events and the famous, traditional market which invades the streets every Saturday, it is not to be missed!

This is a perfect base for simply lazing by the pool or on the beach, or for exploring the riches of the surrounding area; the university city of Montpellier, the fortified city of Carcassonne, the famous Pont-du-Gard, Avignon with its incredible Papal Palace and unusual half-bridge, or just meandering through the endless vineyards and many medieval villages of this region sampling the wonderful wine, fresh produce, fish and oysters.

Spain, Andorra and the Pyrenees are within easy reach and the area is surrounded with the vineyards of the Hérault.

Budget airlines fly regularly to Beziers, Montpellier, Perpignan, Carcassonne and Nimes all within easy reach. The TGV goes to Beziers and Eurostar operates a non-stop service from Waterloo to Avignon in high season.

To book a holiday villa in mediaeval Pezenas, go to www.southfranceholidayvillas.co.ukSee more