Languedoc-Roussillon: The gay-friendly heaven in Southeastern France
The romantic Canal du Midi runs through LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON, connecting the Atlantic coast to the Mediterranean. Home to wild bulls and hunky cowboys (yep, France has cowboys!) as well as roughly 100,000 pink flamingos, this natural, protected setting is the perfect place for observing nature, listening to the song of the Cicada, or trying your hand at taming the wild white horses of the Camargue. Be prepared for a stunning diversity of cities and villages, drenched in history and romance: Montpellier, the dynamic; Narbonne, the mosaic; Carcassonne the Medieval; Sète, the Mediterranean; Perpignan, the Catalan; Nîmes, the Roman, famous for its ruins; and Béziers, the Occitan, known for its bullfights and rugby matches. Amazingly, it is all easily accessible thanks to five TGV train stations, five international airports, and three motorways.
Muslims, Jews, and <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />Christians founded the regional capital of Montpellier in the Middle Ages. Its values of tolerance and fraternity have endured through the centuries, offering a shining example in our troubled times. Considered the youngest capital in the south-thanks to the presence of 65,000 students-Montpellier radiates energy and creativity. With such illustrious alumni as Rabelais and Nostradamus, it's no wonder a rich academic tradition continues to this day.
If you're looking for a knight in shining armor, gallop on over to Carcassonne, the largest medieval town in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site, popular with gay and lesbian tourists. In August, head to the Fête de la Saint Louis in Aigues-Mortes, a medieval town known for its chivalry, tournaments, and spectacular displays of horsemanship.
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