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Pezanas, France--a Beautiful Languedoc Town

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The Languedoc region of southern France has a bit of a problem with dog waste. Some towns and cities are worse than others. Dog owners simply don’t feel the need or responsibility to clean up after their pets. Last fall, when staying in Ceret down near the border with Spain, it was a daily challenge to watch where you put your feet. I felt like the little boy who never looked up! Street cleaners would be on the streets every day blowing and sweeping up fallen leaves, but the dog poo would stay put.

Recently, I spotted this sign outside a park in Pezenas, France. About twenty minutes from the Mediterranean, Pezenas is an intriguing, historic town full of character and culture, especially in the old village at its center. The narrow, winding streets give on to interesting façades, stone archways, and small, hidden plazas with café’s and shops snugged everywhere. A large, lively street market takes center stage each Saturday.

Artisans abound in Pezanas, and it is famous for antiques, with two major antique fairs each year. The town also lauds Molière, who lived in Pezanas for a time, and hosts an annual Molière Festival. A small mince pie, shaped like a large spool of thread called a petit pâté, is a staple in town. The pie was introduced when Lord Clive visited from India with his cooks in 1768. The Mince Pie Brotherhood meets annually to promote its namesake and keep it flourishing. Any excuse for a party!

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