Béziers Local Customs

  • Two round pins system.
    Two round pins system.
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  • Statue de Riquet
    Statue de Riquet
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  • Pierre-Paul Riquet
    Pierre-Paul Riquet
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    Talk to someone who knows ...

    by Jerelis Written Jun 21, 2012

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    I guess we all agree on this on; there is nothing more exciting than going travelling - exploring another country, experiencing a different culture, travelling around in new ways, sampling the local cuisine and chatting to the local people for a different perspective on life.

    However during our travels we learned that there is one certain thing that you should be aware of and prepared for to make sure that the trip is as easy and enjoyable as possible. We always try to see everything once we're there, but this is not always an act of responsible travelling. We always talk to the locals and we know that they have the information about just the right spots to visit and how to undertake them. It will not only enhance your experiences but also avoid any unnecessary hassles.

    For me the travel tips I have written down in this section made the most of mine travel experience and I came home in the same happy, healthy state that I left.

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    Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    by Jerelis Written Jun 21, 2012

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    Two round pins system.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in France is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to France with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

    There are three main types of voltage converter. Resistor-network converters will usually be advertised as supporting something like 50-1600 Watts. They are light-weight and support high-wattage electrical appliances like hair dryers and irons. However, they can only be used for short periods of time and are not ideal for digital devices. Some companies sell combination converters that include both a resistor network and a transformer in the same package. This kind of converter will usually come with a switch that switches between the two modes. If you absolutely need both types of converter, then this is the type to buy.

    Outlets in France generally accept 1 type of plug: Two round pins (see the picture). If your appliances plug has a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Depending on how much you plan to travel in the future, it may be worthwhile to get a combination voltage converter and plug adapter.

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    Feria à Beziers

    by Klod5 Written Aug 3, 2007

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    Ville du sud, à l'instar de Nîmes, Béziers est une ville où la tauromachie tient une place importante. La féria du 15 août attire, chaque année, environ un million de personnes sur la ville pendant plus de 4 jours.

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    Pierre-Paul Riquet

    by Klod5 Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    Pierre-Paul Riquet
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    Pierre-Paul Riquet est né vers 1604-1609, on ne sait pas exactement. Son père, Guillaume Riquet, procureur à Béziers, siégeait à l'assemblée des États du Languedoc. En cette qualité, il s'était opposé en 1618 au projet d'un certain Bernard Arribat de creuser un canal de Toulouse à Narbonne ! L'histoire prend parfois de drôles de revanches ! Sa famille, les Arrighetti, était originaire de Florence.

    En 1630, Paul Riquet devient contrôleur dans la «ferme des gabelles du Languedoc». Il épouse Catherine de Milhau, issue d'une riche famille biterroise et s'installe au pied de la Montagne Noire, dans la ville de Revel.

    Il gravit les échelons et devient vite sous-fermier des gabelles de sa province. Ce métier est très lucratif. Il lui permet d'acquérir une position de force dans la ville de Revel.

    Mais sa vie, c'est son projet de Canal du Midi, et, bien qu'il soit loin d'être le seul à participer au financement, il dépense une grande partie de sa fortune dans les investissements nécessaires.

    Il devient fermier général du Languedoc et du Roussillon et acquiert la seigneurie de Bonrepos, à l'Est de Toulouse.

    Paul Riquet m'apparaît comme un grand financier, un fin politique et un grand calculateur. Peut-être serait-il devenu plus puissant s'il avait poursuivi d'autres buts ? Mais il a réalisé le canal, et son histoire est inscrite au fil de l'eau.

    Malheureusement, il ne sera plus là pour assister à la fin des travaux. Il meurt un an avant la mise en eau généralisée et l'inauguration du canal par Henri d'Aguesseau, intendant du Languedoc.


    Native of Béziers and meter-reader of tax under Louis XIV, Pierre-Paul Riquet achieved an old dream of the humanity : to join the Atlantic and the Mediterranean by the construction of the Channel of the South of France (or Channel of the Two Seas).
    His statue has been achieved by David of Angers in the XIXth century to the demand of the city of Béziers.

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