For the first 2 weeks of August each year (from 30 July to 15 August in 2013) the quiet Gascony village of Marciac (32 Gers, Midi-Pyrenees) holds its annual JAZZ Festival= Jazz in Marciac
This usually serene small town in the middle of Gascony comes alive in the heart of a region which is peaceful,
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Southwest France is so rich with pretty and historic villages that it can be difficult to choose the best. Many are fortified “bastide” towns which owe their origins to the wars between the French and the English, at a time when the French and English and the local dukes fought over the region – Gascony,
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The Festival “Musique en Vignes dans le Frontonnais” takes place 1-12 July 2012
A series of musical concerts held in wine cellars, churches and other venues covering the range from classical to jazz is planned each followed by a wine tasting from different Fronton vineyards, including personal favourites such as Chateau Bouissel. Fronton wines
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The Christmas Market Marché Artisanal de Noël in Bergerac (24, Dordogne, Aquitaine) runs daily 18-31 December 2012 except Christmas Day.
As the name implies this is a market which is about crafts and artists, although wine, music and dancing will add to the festivities along with Father Christmas and other diversions for the children. The
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Gaillac (81,Tarn, Midi-Pyrenees) holds its annual wine fair (Fete des Vins) 6-7 August 2011. Situated between Toulouse and Albi, the wines of this region tend to be a variation on the Languedoc style.
Between the wine-producing areas of Bordeaux and Languedoc-Roussillon, the Aquitaine and Midi-Pyrénées vineyards have succeeded in perpetuating their wine-growing vocation across a
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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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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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Another example of the French passion for their food, the villages of Arrens Marsous (65 Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées) in the Val d’Azun in the high Pyrenees celebrates the return of the local sheep and shepherds from the high summer pasture so that Autumn and Winter can be spent in the lower level sheltered valleys (transhumance).
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Another link in the French autoroute network will connect Bordeaux and Pau when the A65 opens in early 2011.
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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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