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March 4th, 2012
Cazouls-lès-Béziers 340069 34370
Hérault Languedoc-Roussillon
43.393 3.102 70 m

The blossoming, Cazouls-lès-Béziers

One view.
Another view.

The almond trees flower in the vineyards of Hérault.

The almond tree, symbol of virginity, is one of the first fruit trees to flower at the end of the winter.
Its flowers, of a rosy white, appear before the sheets.
The almond is delicious, but the bitter almond, fruit of the wild almond tree, is toxic with certain amount, and can even be mortal, because it contains hydrocyanic acid.

_ The almond tree inspired a roguish song to George Brassens. (Born in Sète, Hérault, 22 October 1921, died in Saint-Gély-du-Fesc, Hérault, October 29, 1981)

L'AMANDIER. The Almond Tree.
Words: George Brassens. Music: George Brassens 1957, © musical Editions 57

_ The almond tree inspired Alphonse de Lamartine, 1790-1869.

The branch of almond tree.

CAZOULS-LÈS-BÉZIERS is a french commune, located in the department of the Hérault of the Languedoc-Roussillon area, populated of 3985 Cazoulins in 2004, distributed on 38.5 km², that is to say 103.6 hab/km².

The village of Cazouls-lès-Béziers was established in Ier century by Romans, not far from the river ORB.

_ The ORB, coastal river, takes its source at 828 meters of altitude, close to the site “Font d'Orb”, in limit of the communes of Cornus in Aveyron departement, and Romiguières in Hérault departement, in dolomitic limestones of "Causse du Larzac". It runs in the departement of Aveyron, then in the department of Hérault, and flows in the Mediterranean sea at Valras-Plage, after a course of 136 km, and the crossing of a catchment area of 1585 km². Its flow can pass from a minimal flow of 1.4 m³/s to a maximum flow of 1630 m³/s. Orb river description.

The municipality possesses an interesting historical heritage of which the wisigothic chapel Saint-Vincent de Savignac, quoted in 1180 and the origin of which would go back up to the 7th century. Classified as "Historic Monument" since 1971.

My images of Cazouls-lès-Béziers.
Mes images of the Orb river.

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