A great summer spectacle in Aquitaine is the re-enactment of the 15th Century Battle of Castillon between the French and English to the east of Bordeaux (33 Gironde, Aquitaine).
Performed on a natural arena encompassing 17 acres, within firing range of the original battle ground, 800 volunteers, including 500 actors and 50 horseback riders, re-enact the Battle of
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Combining wine and jazz in the attractive old town of St Emilion (33 Gironde, Aquitaine) sounds superb, when the St Emilion Jazz Festival hits town 18-21 July 2013.
Unlike much of the rest of Bordeaux, St Emilion is worth a visit to wander around the streets, enjoy the views, taste some wine and listen to
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The Médoc Marathon (Marathon du Médoc) takes place on 7 September 2013.
An opportunity to run a marathon amongst some of the most famous vineyards in the world! With lots of money raised for charity and many chateaux putting in teams, some in fancy dress, this promises to be a fun day (unless you are
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The world capital of Wine holds its wine festival 26-29 June 2014 (every 2 years)
This festival, organised by the town of Bordeaux, is an opportunity for fans of fine wine, good food and culture to enjoy a great festive moment. It will be a celebration of the senses on the largest square in Europe,
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A new link in the French Autoroute system has been completed (December 2010) with the A65 Langon – Pau road now linking Bordeaux with the Pyrenees.
The new route starts east of Bordeaux at a new junction with the A62 – the Autoroute des Deux Mers which links Toulouse and Bordeaux - east of Langon
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A great opportunity to discover more about the biggest wine region in France and its wines is on offer with the 2010 Bordeaux Wine Festival
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30 November – 1 December 2012 in the heart of Paris offers an opportunity to taste and learn about wines from many well-known names and most wine regions of France.
Over the 2 days you can taste wines direct from the producer and attend numerous masterclasses to enhance your appreciaton of wine. Unusually there is
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Gite Grape Escape at Saussignac
One of my preferred vineyard gites is at the organic Chateau Haut Garrigue just outside the village of Saussignac in the western Dordogne valley (24 Dordogne, Midi-Pyrenees) where Sean and Carolyne Feely originally from South Africa and Ireland have built up the vineyard (Saussignac AOC and Bergerac AOC) and
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As part of our series highlighting places to stay, eat. visit, shop etc in France, the City of Bordeaux has been transformed in recent years from a rather sombre, mercantile city and port into a modern and vibrant centre for a long weekend or longer…..
Where to stay?
Bordeaux City Centre Apartment – – selected
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Domaine le Fort
For the first time this November there will be a French Wine Growers Fair in London (21-23 November 2008 at the Barbican). The Salons des Vignerons Independents (Independent Winemakers Fairs) are well established in France and we usually try to get to one of the fairs in Lille, Strasbourg or Paris
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