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here is a big contrast

in selling property

in the Big Apple to

doing so in historic

SW France, but the

fact that I am helping

clients turn their dreams into reality

still holds true. The major difference

is that my area in New York

stretched a few blocks, but here I

can travel hundreds of kilometres in

a day, driving through river valleys,

sunflower fields, vineyards, and

pretty villages. Most roads are trafficfree,

and the variety of properties

that I view never ceases to amaze

me.

Carcassonne sits on a plateau and

dominates the landscape, with the

famous Citadel at its most dramatic

Two decades ago, Anna Sirinides went from being a real estate agent in New York

to being an agente immobiliere in Carcassonne. Who better to spill the beans about

life in Occitanie?

in the early evening, as I wend my

way home from showing clients

around. UNESCO made the Citadel

a world heritage site in 1997, and we

welcome tourists from all over the

world, 365 days a year.

Carcassonne is in the Aude

department, which sits between

the Meditteranean sea and the

Pyrénées mountains. The landscape

is incredibly varied and dominated

by vineyards; the first vineyard was

planted in the Minervois in the first

century. Corbières is the region's

largest AOC (Appellation d'origine

contrôlée) and is particularly famous

for its red wines, which are rich and

herb scented.

Aude is one of 13 departments

in this vast region. Occitanie was

formed, controversially, in 2016,

when Languedoc Roussillon and

Midi Pyrénées merged - citizens of

both were immensely proud of their

culture and heritage, and it caused

ructions at the time. The region's

capital is the incredibly successful

city of Toulouse, which sits on

the banks of the River Garonne.

Toulouse is the home of Airbus

and the centre of the European

aerospace industry. Unemployment

levels are low, and there are few

better things in life than sitting at one

of the bars and cafes that line the Place

du Capitole and people watching - the

100,000 students mix with the tourists

and local business owners, giving the

city centre a real buzz.

Other significant towns in the

Gruissan

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