HIPPIES USE BACKDOOR: FROM WOODSTOCK TO SOUTH OF FRANCE?

france-busking-roadtrip-hippiesOne of my English friends lives with his family in the South Of France. he got me a gig in a small bar so it was a great chance to pay a visit and enjoy the relaxed vibe of the countryside around Toulouse. He bought a piece of land and a wood just in fron of the majestig Pyrenees: he’s an artist, street performer and magician so it’s normal to expect some extraordinary set up!

IMG_2920He bought a double decker bus in the UK and even though he never drove something so big, he managed to bring it down to the South Of France and turning it into a detached house parked on top of the hill. He often hosts workers and travelers who are happy to swap some voluntary work in the woods in exchange of free stay.

IMG_2921 He managed to set up few caravans in his property as well as a solar powered shower, and a vegetable garden. Life here is revolving around the cycles of nature and the area is dotted with small villages where a lot of foreigners settle down living a very simple life in contact with nature. It’s an amazing experience to visit the weekly market where people sell and trade they’re goods.  You can find pretty much anything here and every product is grown locally. people sell homemade breads, fruit jams, vegetables, handcrafts, there’s even a rasta who set up a reggae stall where he sells music, incence sticks and books.

IMG_2981 IMG_2982 IMG_2983 IMG_2985 IMG_2987 IMG_2988 IMG_2989 My friend opened a small club as well, which hosts concerts and is the perfect place for the “expats community” to meet up over a coffee and have a chat.

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IMG_2932 IMG_2936Sadly the night i was playing in town they had another show on but i wil come back and play a gig at the end of the summer.

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IMG_2953 After few coffees (every thursday is coffee matinee) we all went to a small local restaurant and enjoyed an excellent meal under a lovely spring sun! Vive la France!`

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