The exterior temperature gauge in the car reads 34 degrees (that’s 92 degrees Fahrenheit in old money). I watch the petrol gauge move downwards as I sit in the parked car with just the air conditioning running. I have forgotten the first rule of driving in the Languedoc, which is to turn off your air conditioning and open your windows 20 minutes before you reach your destination, in order to acclimatise to the intense heat...
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