Vulgar French Village Names - a Hitchhiking Expedition

Remember that CouchSurfing group that was hitchhiking to all the French towns with dirty names in the southwest?

Bouzillé at towns with dirty names parade

I feel like an honorary citizen of Bouzillé

Well it turns out there is a club of French towns with naughty names. And they have an annual parade.

Well, this means I get to expand my list of favorite town names. Maybe we should do a wine tasting of wines that come from burlesque villages.
;D

Most of the following aren’t so much naughty as they are slightly pejorative or just silly-sounding.  And they’re all in the Languedoc Roussillon:

  • Bourg-Madame (Get the Mrs. drunk)
  • Saint-Arnac (Saint Ripoff)
  • Saint Jean de Cuculles (just naughty-sounding)
  • Conas (since we pronounce the S’s at the end of words, bitch)
  • Fourtou (an out of the way place where you put all your crap)
  • Les Cassés (the broken ones)

Getting into the neighboring region of Midi-Pyrenées, we get a little naughtier:

  • Seix
  • Salau
  • Arnac-sur-Dourdou
  • Cornus
  • Condom
  • Montcuq
  • Belbèse

Just after complaining about how there are no meetups around Carcassonne, I see a couchsurfing group that proves me hilariously wrong.  They plan on meeting up and hitchhiking through all the towns with vulgar names in the south of France.  Awesome.

How many villages have dirty names, you ask?  A lot.

  • Condom, on the Bises river.
  • Couille (Testicle)
  • La Conne (The Bitch)
  • Monteton (Homophone for “My Nipple”)
  • Montcuq (Homophone for “My Ass” with one of those lovely silent Q’s I guess)

This will be a team event. If you don’t have a partner, we can pair you up with someone else.

This is an excellent way to meet new people (CSers and drivers), visit new places in France, and it allows your inner hitchhiker a bit of childish fun.

So what are you waiting for?  Go out and meet some routards and hitch hike through the naughty bits of the Languedoc.

I’m going to try to be there even though it’s a bit of a trek just to get to the first commune…the immaturity of this journey appeals to me on some fundamental level. It’s probably because I turned 25 this week (the last year you can get a carte jeunesse from the SNCF) and I’m afraid of losing my youth.


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How to find us

Domaine O’Vineyards is just a few kilometres north of Carcassonne. GPS coordinates: 43.259622, 2.340387

Domaine O’Vineyards
885 Avenue de la Montagne Noire
11620 Villemoustaussou, France
Tel: +33(0) 630 189 910

  1. Follow the signs to Mazamet/ Villemoustaussou until the D118 (the last straight road) and the Dyneff gas station on the roundabout.
  2. Take the exit towards Pennautier. Continue 500m to a small roundabout and go straight over.
  3. Look out for the second road on your right, Avenue des Cévennes which goes up hill (about 1km) to Avenue de la Montagne Noire.
  4. At the last juction, bear left at the road sign “Ave de la Montagne Noire” (confusing as it seems to show a right turn)
  5. After another 500m you will see our red brick color building in the middle of the vines.