Mirepoix, Episode 81

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On today's show Elyse shares the wonderful and unusual story of the city of Mirepoix in the Arriège department. Mirepoix is only an hour away from Toulouse and yet you will think you might have walked back in time, those two places are so different. Elyse knows it better than anyone and it is one of her favorite places to take visitors to.

Mirepoix, Off the Beaten Track

This medieval city is not as well-known as some of the others cities nearby such as Carcassonne or Foix. It is also smaller than Carcassonne or Foix, but there are places that pack in a lot of charm in a small area!

On the show we also talk about the Cathars. You've probably heard the name, but how much do you know? And there's the dramatic flood that entirely destroyed the city in the Middle Ages. But Mirepoix rose back from the disaster from the help of a family of magnanimous conquerors.

For Annie and Elyse, this is one of the places that should not be missed in the Toulouse area, and we've seen most of them as locals.

French Tip of the Week

If you're like me, this is a French travel phrase you will need whenever anyone gives you directions!

[53:42] "J'ai une mémoire de poisson rouge" = I have a bad memory

 

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Elyse leading a group of visitors in Mirepoix
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Toulouse Area

When in France it is not difficult to find places that are both incredibly charming and off the beaten track. Mirepoix is one such place. It packs a lot of charm in a small area! It is also full of lovely cafés, restaurants, and there are a few good hotels too! Our favorite tour guide Elyse tells us all about it in today's episode of the podcast. #travel #podcast #france #occitanie

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Fantastic episode! I always enjoy hearing about the history behind the places you cover.

One small thing: a mirepoix, in cooking, is a mixture of chopped vegetables – usually onion, carrot, and celery in French cuisine – that is used to add flavor to soups, stews, and other dishes. There are similar things found in other cuisines – in Spain, for example, they use a mix of onion, garlic, tomato, and olive oil called sofrito, and in Cajun and Creole cuisine in the United States a mix called the Holy Trinity (onion, green pepper, and celery) is used.