TO KNOW | LA RAMONETA OF THE MONTH
Every month, we introduce you to an interesting woman living in Languedoc. Curious as we are, we would like to find out why they are living in this beautiful region, what they are doing for a living and some of their Languedoc favourites. This month we would like you to meet Linda van Laar as Ramoneta of the Month.
Together with my boyfriend, I am living the good life in Montpellier. I work as a freelance online marketer and last spring I opened my online store maesue.com (1), where I sell sustainable and fair trade fashion.
First time in the region
After travelling the world for 1,5 year, my boyfriend and I were looking for a place to settle. He is from the Paris region, and I am originally Dutch, so we wanted to live in a place where we both had to start over. We both agreed that we would love to live in France, so we decided to go travelling in my boyfriend’s home country. Together with a Lonely Planet, we visited quite a few towns and villages, to end up in Montpellier. I had never heard of this city, but we both felt the unique southern vibe and fell in love with it. And now we are living here for two years, and still enjoying it very much.
Living in Languedoc
Languedoc is such a diverse region. On the one hand, you have vibrant cities like Montpellier and Toulouse. And on the other hand, it will only take a few steps to be in the middle of the most beautiful nature (2) with picturesque villages scattered around. Also, the Mediterranean Sea is always close by, a big plus for me.
Montpellier is a great town. It has a great vibe and is really bustling. I love the fact that there are so many activities going on. Although the city centre feels like a village; I always run into someone I know.
Best part of living in this area
The weather! Being from Holland, I am used to grey skies and lots of rain. Here in the south, the sky is blue and the sun shines most of the time. Perfect reason to be out all day.
As I don’t speak French fluently – yet – I had to find a way to earn my living in Montpellier. Having a background in Communication Sciences, I already worked as a copywriter. Together with my interest in SEO, one and one became two, and in 2016 I started as a freelance online marketer. This way of working is perfect for me, and in the meantime I have worked for dozens of companies, helping them with their SEO and SEA, writing online copy and blogs and giving advice on social media.
Next to my work as online marketer, I felt like following another passion of me. In spring 2018 I started my webshop “maesue.com”, selling clothing produced in a sustainable and ethical way. To introduce more people to the original fashion of maesue.com, I started a crowdfunding to open a concept store in Montpellier. Which was successful, because from 15 November to 24 December 2018 you will be able to visit MaeSue in the centre of Montpellier!
Best Languedoc wine
I have to say that the local red wines often contain too many tannins to my taste. However, since living in the South of France, I became a big fan of a nicely chilled Muscat. Only one or two glasses though, otherwise it will be a little too sweet…
Recently I have discovered Les T’Ocques (3) in Montpellier. It is a tiny restaurant with a small menu, but the food they serve is absolutely delicious! Their homecooked meals are prepared with love and have an explosion of flavours. All of it beautifully presented, which makes it a feast for the eyes.
Perfect day out in Languedoc
My ideal day out starts with the best pain au chocolat from our local bakery “Des rêves et du Pain”. After our breakfast, we cycle to the beach (4), read in the sun and have a picnic. To end our day, we have dinner at our favourite restaurant Les T’Ocques and if there is time we watch a movie at cinema “Diagonal”.