Sunday, August 21st

Before the south of France became the south of France, it was Occitania……a land that encompassed eastern Spain to  western Italy and all points in-between.  The Occitanians were differentiated from their northern neighbors by a simple word… the north, “yes” was “Oïl” (now “Oui”) but in Occitania, “Oc” was used…….so the language of the north was known as “langue d’Oïl” and in the south, it was “langue d’Oc”……Languedoc ….. then, now and always. 

The Occitan flag is the Languedoc cross. This symbol dates back to 1165 when Raymond V, count of Toulose, used it in his coat of arms.  Like the Basques and the Catalans, the Occitans are proud of their heritage and display this unofficial, but esteemed, emblem of Languedoc proudly.  

We’ve seen it everywhere during our everyday travels……

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“The love of one’s country is a splendid thing.  But why should love stop at the
border?”  ~ Pablo Casals


About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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One Response to Sunday, August 21st

  1. Wilson says:

    Iam very happy to find you in the net! Iam a new person in Languedoc and as a blogger but I feel like a special bond to what you wrote. Iam originally from Poland, my husband is American, I wil be very pleased if we can make freinds and meet sometime. I feel we live somewhere close to each other. Please write back. My best regards.

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