As a special summer promotion Rail Europe is offering up to 80% off First Class train travel in France this summer – includes TGVs which is often the fastest between Paris and destinations in southern France including Nice, Marseille, Montpellier, Toulouse and Bordeaux. Book by 24 August 2012!
Take the train from Paris to Nice,
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Many celebrations take place across France on Bastille Day (14 July 2012). but one of the most spectacular must be the firework display over the magical, medieval city of Carcassonne (11 Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon).
From 10.30pm at night and best seen from the banks of the Aude river there will be a 25 minute extravanza
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The town of Limoux (11 Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon) south of Carcassonne and in the foothills of the Pyrenees, brightens up the winter months with its Carnaval which it claims as one of the longest in the World often running from January- mid Marchl. (8 Jan – 17 March 2013).
Weekends and Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) tend
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The town of Carcassonne (11 Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon) holds its “Marché aux Gras” on 4 December 2010 in the market (Halles) – as with other towns in the Southwest of France this is an opportunity to purchase sumptuous goose and duck products – who24le birds. foie gras, confits etc – wonderfully rich and hearty fare for
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We tend to connect Brass Bands with gritty northern towns in the UK, but by way of contrast the town of Limoux (11 Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon), south of Carcassonne. is hosting a Brass Band Festival (Festival Limoux Cuivrée Spéciale) from 29 April to 2 May 2010.
Amongst the bands appearing are the UK’s BBC Big Band,
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The Minervois region of the Languedoc holds a wide-ranging cultural festivel from 22 October to 4 November 2009 called Les Grands Chemins (the big tracks)
…the established showcase of the Minervois, is preparing its annual fortnight-long festival of the senses – art, culture and fabulous food – all designed to introduce you to the delights
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Ryanair is introducing new flights to France next summer (2010) from Leeds/Bradford to Limoges, Montpellier, Nantes and Carcassonne! There are already flights from Yorkshire Avignon, Bergerac,Chambery, La Rochelle, Nice, Paris and Toulouse.
This comes at the same time as Ryanair has also announced the cancelling of many flights from Stansted over this winter.
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The town of Castelnaudry (11 Aude, Languedoc) celebrates its Fete du Cassoulet 21-26 August 2012 designed to reinforce its claim to be the birthplace of Cassoulet. Cassoulet is a rich and filling stew of haricot beans, duck confit, garlic sausage and pork. It can also include Toulouse sausage, mutton or goose, depending on the region
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If you are a fan of Muscat wines then Perpignan (66 Pyrenees-Orientales, Languedoc-Roussillon) should be your destination from 31 January – 2 February 2009 with the Rencontres Mediterraneenes du Muscat (Mediterranean Muscat’s Convention).
Open to the public, the event offers culinary and wine-tasting workshops and the opportunity to taste a range of Muscat wines
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Each July the French get very excited about 180 or more professional cyclists who cover 3,500km over three weeks racing around France, including staggering climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees.
Tour de France 2009
With lots of razzamataz, commercial sponsorship, scandal and sporting achievement, it is a spectacle well worth seeing – especially as
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