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 Sites

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 than 400 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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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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eiffel towerWith 11 statutory holidays and a minimum of 5 weeks guaranteed paid vacation, France is one of the countries where employees enjoy the most paid time off.
France is also reputed for its cuisine, in fact so much so that in 2010 UNESCO added French gastronomy to the list of humanity's "intangible cultural heritage". Strongly linked with the French cuisine there are the famous French wines, and who did not hear of the world renowned Bordeaux and Burgundy wineries.
Last but not least France is a leading country in the fashion industry, which even describes its highest standards with the French expression: "haute couture". The French city capital is home to many premier fashion designers including Chanel, Pierre Cardin, Céline, Chloe, Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès, Lanvin, Rochas, Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent etc. and "french chic" is many times used to describe a smartly dressed woman.

What best describes what comes to your mind when you hear the word "France"?


Laid back attitude and "joie de vivre"
Good food and good wines
Elegant women

Toulouse Beach 2015

Like Paris that every summer has its "Paris Beach" on the banks of the Seine River, Toulouse has its own beach on the banks of the Garonne, this year coming with a Ferris wheel!



The frigate Hermione

After a glorious 4 month voyage to America, taken 235 years after the 1780 historic voyage, a first return stopover in the town of Brest on the North West corner of France and one week in Bordeaux where it was moored in the "Port de la Lune" , the nowadays frigate L'Herminone has headed back for the winter to her home port of Rochefort on the banks of the Charente River.

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