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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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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A favourite treat for our visits to Paris has for many years been the Fontaine de Mars brasserie in the 7th Arrondisement. The main attraction has always been the informal atmosphere and the menu of South West France specialities – especially duck, foie gras and the use of Madiran and other Southwest Wines for sauces
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As a fan of SW France, its wines and its food it is always good to have some of your favourite wines featured by an independent UK wine merchant – Leon Stolarski Fine Wines has selected 2 lesser-known wines from domaines I have worked with before. Laplace is one of the biggest and most respected
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Part of our series featuring places for a short stay in the in France we visit the Gers, South West France.
Le Weekend in…Eauze
Where to stay? Domaine de Lauroux at Manciet. Domaine de Lauroux, situated 2km from the town of Manciet.where Karen and Richard Kitchener run a wine and Armagnac domaine
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I suspect we all look for evidence to convince us that our bad habits are not so bad for us after all. I still quote numerous medical articles which “prove” that wine is good for you, conveniently ignoring the caveat “in moderation”.
More recently of course there has been Dr Roger Corder’s The Wine Diet,
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The two appellations of Madiran AC (red) and Pacherenc du Vic Bilh AC (white) were created in 1948, and will be celebrating n July and August 2008. These 2 appellations are typical of the South West of France – producing distinctively different styles of wine from lesser-known grape varieties – predominantly Tannat for the Madiran,
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Duck, Goose, Foie Gras, Cassoulet, Madiran, Armagnac and all the other good rich produce of the land feature in Martin Calder’s book A Summer in Gascony: Discovering the Other South of France which offers a good summer read if you are interested in absorbing a bit of “la France profonde”. This is the story of
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