these and the views of the Montagne Noire from our house, they all understood why we had chosen Tarn and had our house built there. Tarn is definitely one of the best, relatively unknown areas of France and much of it is still unspoilt. We are so glad that, now I am retired, we can spend six months of the year there.
But it is also worth mentioning that every summer there is a huge programme of free festivals all over the area. Our village is tiny, but the festivals go on for three days. There is much carousing, obviously, which gives us the chance to meet even more of the lovely villagers we live with, but there is also music from a wide variety of bands, dancing and boules competitions. One nearby village has fabulous jazz nights, while another has veteran car shows. I expect most areas of France do this – you can get information about the festivals from the local syndicat d’initiative or the office de tourisme.
Also, it is worth keeping an eye on the local press, especially if you are interested in a particular type of entertainment. For instance, we went to at least five car shows last summer, and they were all free! So 14 July is not all there is to a summer in France! John Hammond Tarn / Dorset