Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Seventen years Peter Mayle wrote A Year in Provence, the author’s account of moving to the region in the south of France which continues to boast a rich culture and endless culinary offerings, “Conversations on the Road” International correspondwent Jeremiah Tittle ventures off the beaten path to the Deaprtment of Tarn-et-Garonne, a region north of the Pyrenees Mountains and to the west of Provence to discover what life has to offer a constantly retiring techie and militray veteran, and all of the visitors who rent out his gite (or holiday guest cottage) in a town called Parisot, which rests in the center of this quaint pocket of the world.
It’s a story not so foreign to readers of the charming and humorous international best-seller which David Hatfield has to tell. After living and working in Europe much of his life, this ex-pat and his wife settled in southwest France to enjoy the fine wine and food, not-so rare truffles, and a quality of life thus far unmatched. The experience was, in fact, so good that he began writing a blog (www.FrenchFoodFocus.com) about new recipes he attempts in the kitchen sharing his culinary exploits with the world online. Not a far cry from the movie Julie & Julia.
Away from the hustle and bustle one might find these days in popular Provence, Hatfield and his wife welcome visitors to stay in their beautiful and charming gite (www.camp-del-mas.com) for a week or more to experience the lifestyle they have come to appreciate full-time. For those unable tomake this drean a full-time reality, listen to the conversation, and consider paying a visit to this Yankee in Parisot, France on your next vacation.