Along with the rest of Europe, France will be holding its Journées Europeénnes de Patrimoine (European Heritage Days) 17-18 September 2011. The weekend provides endless opportunities to discover and explore a wealth of France’s cultural and sometimes industrial treasures – history, archictecture, arts and crafts, museums and galleries – wherever you are that weekend look
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The town of Duras (47 Lot et Garonne, Aquitaine) boasts an impressive Chateau on a promontory overlooking the countryside. It is a walled town with a medieval centre in the heart of the Côtes de Duras wine appellation.
Each year the town holds an annual wine festival – this year it is on 11
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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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Brittany Ferries will add Portsmouth-Bilbao to is list of ferry routes from 27 March 2011 – The twice weekly service will be in addition to the existing ferry services to Santander from Portsmouth and Plymouth and will be operated by mv Cap Finistère.
Although the destinations are on Spain’s north east coast they do offer
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Channel4 TV is running a series by chef Jamie Oliver called “Jamie Does….”. On 12 May 2010 the episode is entitled “Jamie does the French Pyrenees” – a slight misnomer as Cahors (46 Lot, Midi-Pyrenees), where the programme starts is more than 200km from the Pyrenees. Even more misplaced is Jamie’s recipe for Tarte Tatin
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At Bellegarde-en-Marche (23 Creuse Limousin), the locals are so keen on goat that a Confrerie (or brotherhood) of Goat Meat Eaters (la confrérie des mangeurs de chèvres) has been established to celebrate the local delicacy. However it is thought that the tradition goes back more to the use of sharpened goat horn to fight off
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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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With such easy access from the UK by road or Eurostar Lille is a must to visit all year, and remains one of my favourite winter weekends. The combination of modern shopping malls and the nearby Vieux Lille (old town) offer something for everyone,
Where to stay?
Lille has many hotels at all levels of
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Another interesting cheese seldom seen in the UK is the Fourme de Montbrison which comes from an area known as Le Forez (42 Loire, Rhone-Alpes) between St Etienne and Clermont Ferrand. Similar to the Fourme d’Ambert this is a mild, soft blue cheese made from cows milk with its own AOC appellation.
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From 20-21 August 2009 the pretty Brittany port of Roscoff celebrates the local speciality – the Pink Onion (oignon rose) and the locals who used to cross over to England every August to sell these special onions to the British.
“L’Oignon Rose de Roscoff” is now protected as an Appellation Controllée (AOC from 2009) due to
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