Bordeaux Top European Tourist Destination 2015

Saint Jean de Luz Beach

Saint Jean de Luz - Ciboure

Saint Jean de Luz - Ciboure in the French Pays Basque

Carnival of Limoux

Carnival of Limoux - Aude Department

The Limoux carnival is usually held as the longest carnival in the world. It starts in January and ends up in April!

Languedoc Village of Capendu

Capendu Village - Aude

The little village of Capendu in the Languedoc region of France. It existence is recorded in documents dating from as early as the 11th century.

Hautefort Castle - Dordogne

Hautefort Castle - Dordogne

With its classical elegant architecture, splendid 17th and 18th centuries furniture collection, the "a la francaise" gardens and english style parc the Hautefort Castle is unique in Perigord.

The Old Bridge of Albi

Old Bridge of Albi - Tarn Department

The Old Bridge (Pont-Vieux), over Tarn river was built during the 10th .

Saint Cirq Lapopie

Saint Cirq Lapopie Village - Lot Department

The village of Saint Cirq Lapopie was in the 13th century the seat of one of the four viscounties of Quercy region.

Bordeaux Theatre

Cities in the south west France: history, tourist sites, activities.

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Roquetaillage Castle

Six suggestions of where to travel in the south west of France.

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French Southwest Gastronomy

Traditional dish recipes from southwest part of France.

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Less Known Things about France

France in facts and figures! Interesting less known facts about France

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A Travel Guide to South West of France


UNESCO Listed Sites in Southwest FranceThere are over 40 UNESCO World Heritage Listed Sites in the Aquitaine, Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Rouissillon regions of south west France including the landmarks members of "Pilgrimage Routes of Santiago de Compostela", the "Vauban Network of Fortifications" and the "Canal du Midi" groups.

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Current Month Events

Current Month Events in the Southwest FranceWe have gathered more then 200 events and interesting activities to do while visiting the south west of France. No matter the month of the year there is something going on! Some of the activities are entrance free. Check them out by their host city or for the current month events click below...

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Our France Tour Suggestions

lost in FranceAt Southwest Story we are passionate about France, its charming south west regions and their history. On our site we want not only to share with you the beauty of this part of France but also to provide you with a guide of where to travel in the south west France.

One of our goals is to propose our readers 8 France tour itineraries - we call them here STORIES - that will allow the visitor to place "in situ" events that shaped the history of this part of France - including the Dordogne Valley and the Canal du Midi histories, and the story of Bordeaux wines that comes with a handy guide of Bordeaux region's most important wineries for your self-guided winery and wine tasting tours. The lovers of the mysterious, of the unusual and legendary, and the treasure hunting enthusiasts were not forgotten and are presented with a list of 12 curious sites well worth visiting.

We also tried to supply you with what, we believe, are the most important tourist attractions in or around the main cities of the South West and some of the most significant cultural events and other activities - including wine tasting related events that take place there all year round.

And for...armchair travelers (and not only): you can bring a flavor of France to you by checking out the south west of France food recipes section. We have revisited some of the classics and adapted them to a more modern, more international and ingredient available, cuisine.

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red wineThe foie-gras is arguably the crown jewel of the French cuisine. It is obtained by force-feeding the ducks or geese by holding their necks and beaks upright and actually pouring down corn grains.
There are even in France more and more voices raised against the practice of force-feeding considered no less than animal cruelty.
There are also pro-foie gras activists that justify it by the fact that even wild ducks and geese tend to over eat (as discovered by ancient Egyptians the first known foie-gras consumers).
Which statement would you agree the most:

The force-feeding of birds is barbarous and needs to be stopped even though the foie-gras is a gourmet food.

For the sake of foie-gras lets overlook the process of obtaining it knowing that the animals are petted during the force feeding.

There is nothing wrong with force feeding the ducks or the geese. They feel no pain and their life expectancy is not lowered in the process.

Picasso Minoutaurus in Arlequin Costume Courtain

La Dépouille du Minotaure en costume d'Arlequin - the Minotaur's body dressed as Harlequin - was painted by Picasso in 1936 as the stage curtain for Romain Rolland's play "Le 14 Juillet". In 1965 the artist donated it to the city of Toulouse. The stage curtain is on display at "Les Abattoirs" art museum of Toulouse until January 3, 2016

There always something going on in Toulouse center. This time a rope walker - the "maître de ceremonie" for a rope standing "marriage".

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