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City:Agen

Grand Pruneau Show

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Grand Pruneau Show that takes place the last weekend of August (begining of September) is the Agen's cultural and gastronomical festival.
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eyecandyAddress:Agen
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Duras Medieval Festival

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Duras Medieval Festival is a stop of the itinerant festival called "Itinérance médiévale". This medieval festival that started in year 2000 takes place each year in different towns in the Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde departments.
Animations include: falconry, knights' tournament and a medieval dinner.
Date: August 6th 2017 starting at 3:00pm.
eyecandyAddress:Duras, Lot-et-Garonne
eyecandyPhone:05 53 93 71 18

Medieval Days in Monflanquin

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Animations include: Parades, plays, street theater, medieval market, medieval buffet etc.
Dates: August 14, 15 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Monflanquin, Lot-et-Garonne
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Nightly markets in Duras

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Summer nocturnal market, food and entertainment.
Every Thursday night from 06 July to 07 September 2017
eyecandyAddress:47120 DURAS
eyecandyPhone: +33 5 53 83 63 06

Wine Fest of Duras

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sunday tasting of Côtes de Duras wine, all day entertainment for children, free concert with the Band Street Bikers, hot air balloon flight (weather permitting in the evening).
Date: August 12th and 13th 2017
eyecandyAddress:47120 DURAS
eyecandyPhone:+33 5 53 83 63 06

World Jam Championship - Confiturades

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The event take place in the village of Beaupuy, Lot-et-Garonne department.
It includes: jam making demonstrations, cooking with jam demonstrations, the Jam Brotherhood presentation, jam market, music etc.
Dates: August 18th and 19th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Beaupuy, Lot-et-Garonne
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Agen Museum

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The Agen Museum is one of the most important art and history museums of Aquitain region. It features 5 Goya paintings, Sisley and Tintoret art as well as Roman art. The museum can be visited free the first Sunday's of the month as well as during the Grand Pruneau Show that takes place the last weekend of August (begining of September).
eyecandyAddress:Place du Docteur Esquirol 47000 AGEN
eyecandyPhone:05.53.69.47.23

City:Albi

Tarn Tourist Train

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Take a journey in the Tarn countryside aboard an authentic steam train from early 20th century.
The train goes between Saint Lieux les Lavaur and Martels railroad station next to the famous Martels Gardens (www.jardinsdesmartels.com) - a 35000 square meters floral park.
eyecandyWeb Site:cftt.org
eyecandyAddress:Place de la République, 81500 Saint-Lieux-Les-Lavaur
eyecandyPhone:05.61.47.44.52

Cruises on the Tarn River

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Tarn River Cruises from May to October starting from the feet of the fortifications of the Berbie Palace.
eyecandyAddress:Albi, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 65 30 99 33

Fashion Museum

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Open from May to December the fashion museum displays the rich private collection of clothing and accessories from the eighteenth century to the 1970s.
eyecandyAddress:17 rue de la Souque, Albi, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:33 (0)5 63 43 15 90

Pipe Organ Concerts

J F M A M J J A S O N D
During the months of July and August the Christophe Moucherel Association - named in the honor of the organ master Christophe Moucherel who built the Sainte Cecile organ in the 18th century - organizes pipe organ concerts in the Sainte Cecile Cathedral and the Saint Salvi Collegiale.
Also, in December, the association in colaboration with Albi city hall offers on the last two Sundays before Christmas its traditional concerts that feature organ carols and music performed by various guests.
The concerts are very popular and one should arrive at least 1/2 hour before the starting time to find a place.
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eyecandyAddress:Albi, Tarn
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Occitan Festival in Cordes sur Ciel

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Occitan music and dances.
Date: August 14th and 15th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Cordes sur Ciel, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 63 56 00 75

"Fête du train" - Train festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Old locomotives procession, clowns and jugglers of velocipede, exhibition related to the ancient steam tramways, etc.
Dates: August 13th 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:cftt.org
eyecandyAddress:LA GARE DE ST LIEUX LES LAVAUR, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 61 47 44 52

Gaillac Wine Feast

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Each first weekend of August (usually!) since 1978 Gaillac hosts, in the park of the chateau Foucaud, the Gaillac Wine Feast.
Lots of wine tasting, possibility to meet the winemakers, many animations for all ages, music and fireworks.
Dates: August 4th to 6th 2017.
eyecandyAddress:Gaillac, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05.63.57.15.40

Saint Barthélémy Fest in Najac

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Flea markets, concerts, exhibitions, street theater, parades, etc.
Dates: August 20th and 22nd 2017.
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eyecandyAddress:Places du village, 12270 Najac, Aveyron
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Penne Castle Medieval Feast

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Lots of Medieval animations: music, archery, chivalry tournaments.
Dates: August 7th, 8th and 9th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Le Bourg - 81140 PENNE, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:05 63 55 71 09

Bread Feast of Lautrec

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The Festival of Bread - "Fête du Pain" - takes place in Lautrec some 30km (18 mi) south of Albi.
A bread market, the best croissant of Tarn competition, bread making workshops, street music etc.
Date: August 15 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Lautrec, Tarn
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Lautrec Pink Garlic Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Lautrec is a small village in the Tarn department of southwest France. The little village was once the fief of the Toulouse-Lautrec family, but the painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec never lived here.
The pink garlic grown in Lautrec village region is unique and famous.
Each year the village celebrated the garlic during a "Garlic Festival"!
Dates: August 4th and 5th 2017
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eyecandyAddress: 81440 LAUTREC, Tarn
eyecandyPhone:+33 (0)5 63 75 90 31

Wine Tasting Classes in Gaillac

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The "Maison des vins" in Gaillac - at 25 km east of Albi - organizes all year round wine tasting classes and a variety of events around the wine.
Reservation mandatory.
eyecandyAddress:Abbaye Saint-Michel, 81600 GAILLAC
eyecandyPhone:05 63 57 15 40

City:Auch

"Jazz in Marciac" Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
"Jazz in Marciac" is an internationally renowned jazz festival that takes place each year in the town of Marciac in the department of Gers - 50km south west of Auch -, at the end of July and beginning of August. During the festival the jazz music takes over the town with concerts held each hour of the day or the night.
The festival comprises free as well as paid concerts.
Dates: July 28th to August 15th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Marciac, Gers
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Fleurance Astronomy Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The festival takes place each year in the month of August in Fleurance, 25 km north of Auch. The first edition was held in 1990.
The festival consists of a cycle of lectures, exhibitions, workshops and astronomical observations.
Dates: August 5th to 11th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Au Moulin du Roy 32500 Fleurance
eyecandyPhone:05 62 06 62 76

Les Gasconnades

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Traditional Gascon festival.
From August 26th to 27th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Lectoure, Gers
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D'Artagnan Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year in August the association "D'Artagnan chez d'Artagnan" organizes in the village of Lupiac where d'Artaganan was born the "D'Artagnan Festival". The fest brings back to life on the streets of the little village the world of the musketeers.
Date: August 13, 2017
Lupiac is situated some 43km(26mi) south west of Auch.
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eyecandyAddress:Lupiac, Gers
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Melon Festival

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The melon is a traditional culture in Gers where they have even a Melon Brotherhood. Each middle of August the town of Lecture, in Gers department, hosts the Melon Festival.
Date: August 11th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Lecture, Gers
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Medieval Fest at Termes d'Armagnac

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Termes d'Armagnac is situated some 60 km (37 mi) west of Auch in the department of Gers.
The Medieval Festival of Termes d'Armagnac takes place on August 5th and 6th 2017.
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eyecandyAddress:Tour de Termes - 32400 TERMES D'ARMAGNAC
eyecandyPhone:05.62.69.25.12

City:Beziers

Saint Adrien Garden

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The garden flourishes on 4 ha on ancient Middle Age quarries.
The garden was awarded entries in the prestigious listings like:
* "Remarkable Garden" by the Ministry of Culture
* Top five parks in France in 2003 by the "Journalists Association Horticulture and Gardens"
* Label 'exceptional sites in Languedoc "(www.sitesdexception.fr)
The garden is also hosting themed shows like a Venetian Carnival on May 19th, 20th and 21st 2017 from 2pm to 7pm .
eyecandyAddress:34290 SERVIAN
eyecandyPhone: 04 67 39 24 92

Canal du Midi Short Cruise

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A short - few hours - cruise on the Canal du Midi starting near the city of Bezièrs.
eyecandyAddress:14 rue des Écluses - Écluses de Fonserane - 34500 BÉZIERS
eyecandyPhone:04 67 36 51 24

"Fête du Cheval et du Toro"

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The 28th edition of "Horse and Bull Festival" takes place at the Arènes de Boujan-sur-Libron.
It includes: blessing of the horses, descent of the horses at Campo, traditional lunch, "bécerrade" with pupils of the bullfighting schools from Béziers, Arles, Navarre and Adour-Aficion, music etc.
Dates: August 4th to 6th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:34760 Boujan-sur-Libron
eyecandyPhone:+33 4 67 09 26 40

Thursdays in Béziers - Les Jeudi de Béziers

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Tasting of local wines each Thursday night during July and August.
The event takes place on Allées Paul Riquet, from 7 p.m to 11p.m. It's a paid event, for €5, you have one glass, and 3 tasting tickets.
eyecandyAddress:Béziers, Allées Paul Riquet
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"Championnat du Monde des Objets Flottants Non Identifiés (OFNI)"

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"Championnat du Monde des Objets Flottants Non Identifiés (OFNI)" or "World Championship of Unidentified Floating Objects (UFO)" takes place starting at 6:00 pm on August 6th 2017 in Cap d'Adge. The championship is preceded by the "Joutes - Trophée du Languedoc" that starts at 3:00 pm.
eyecandyAddress:Lagon d'Aqualand 34300 Le Cap d'Agde
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Jousting - Languedoc Trophy

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The jousting takes place on boats (the combatants are not on horseback!). The tournament is preceded by a street parade.
Date: August 6th 2017 (starting at 3pm)
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eyecandyAddress:Sur l'Hérault, face à la Cathédrale Saint-Etienne, 34300 Agde
eyecandyPhone: 06 03 15 03 13

Beziers Museum

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The museum present an introdution to the social, economic and cultural evolution of the Beziers region from prehistoric times to the present day.
eyecandyAddress:Rampe du 96ème, Caserne Saint-Jacques, 34500 BEZIERS
eyecandyPhone:+33 (0)4 67 36 81 60

Canal du Midi Cruise - Agde

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The "Bateau du Soleil" offers from March to November cruises on the Canal du Midi and Thau Lake.
eyecandyAddress:6, rue Chassefières - 34300 AGDE
eyecandyPhone:33(0)4 67 94 08 79

Sète Canal Cruises

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Short 45 minute cruises on the canals of Sète - the "Venice of Languedoc".
eyecandyAddress:Canauxrama, Canaux de Sète, Sète
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The Feast of Saint Louis

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The "St. Louis" Fest is the feast of Sète, celebrated each year since the creation of the city on 29th of July 1666.
The fest that lasts 6 days includes animations like a jousting tournament, music, shows etc.
Dates: From August 17th to August 22nd 2017.
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.sete.fr
eyecandyAddress:Sète
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City:Biarritz

Musée de la Mer Aquarium de Biarritz

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Accept the invitation to travel down a new pathway climbing back along the Gulf Stream presented by the Musée de la Mer-Aquarium (Museum of the Sea-Aquarium) from the seabed of the Gulf of Biscay to the wonders of the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific seas!
A dazzling spectacle: the only hammerhead sharks in France presented in a giant pool of 1500 m3.
Marvel at the abundance of life found around one of the largest live coral reefs found a European aquarium: clownfish, anemones, eels and a multitude of exotic fish of original colours and improbable shapes...
Every day at 10:30 am and 5 pm, you don’t want to miss the feeding our the very cheeky seals, an enchanting spectacle that promises to delight young and old ...
For any additional info email: Marion Etcheverry
eyecandyAddress:Biarritz Aquarium, Plateau Atalaye, Biarritz
eyecandyPhone:05 59 22 33 34

Musical Saturdays at the Cathedral

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Each summer starting from the mid June until mid September the Bayonne Cathedral hosts classical music concerts (pipe organ and other instruments) each Saturday evening (with the exception of national holidays). Entrance free.
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eyecandyAddress:15 Rue des Prébendes, Bayonne
eyecandyPhone:05 59 59 37 55

Espadrille Museum

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The espadrille is the traditional basque foot wear.
An espadrille shop, featuring an espadrille museum, is located in the little town of Osses, some 43km south east of Biarritz.
The place is open between March 15th and October 15th.
eyecandyAddress:Zone Artisanale ORDOKIA 64780 OSSES
eyecandyPhone:05 59 37 79 38

Cake Making Demonstrations

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Watch famous pastry cook Jacques Le Nay Caruelle - owner of Mandion bakerie - make cakes in his workshop every Saturday and Sunday morning (before 10:30am).
eyecandyAddress:Pâtisserie Mandion, boulevard du BAB, Centre Urbegi, 4, rue Jean Mouton 64600 Anglet
eyecandyPhone:05 59 64 86 68

Navarrenx Medieval Fest

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: August 19th, 20th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Navarrenx, Pyrénées Atlantiques
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Planète Musée du Chocolat - Chocolate Museum

J F M A M J J A S O N D
All year round the Chocolate Museum of Biarritz organizes course and activities around chocolate like chocolate tasting, making a chocolate lollipop, chocolate painting, making a gourmet chocolate tablet, tasting of wine and chocolates
. Reservations minimum 15 days in advance.
eyecandyAddress:14 avenue Beaurivage, 64200 Biarritz
eyecandyPhone:05 59 23 27 72

"La force basque"

J F M A M J J A S O N D
"La force basque" or the Basque strength is a festival/competition that takes place each year on the first Sunday after the 15th of August, in the town of Saint-Palais, some 66 km (41 mi) southwest of Biarritz.
The event features 150 participants competing in traditional Basque games like tug of war, wood cutting, straw bale lifting etc.
eyecandyAddress:64120 Saint-Palais
eyecandyPhone:05 59 65 71 15

City:Bordeaux

The Grand Wineries Tour Road Train of Saint Emilion

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The little road train proposes a 35 minutes commented visit of Saint Emilion and its surroundings. The tour includes a stop at the wine Château of Rochebelle for wine cellars visiting and wine tasting.
eyecandyAddress:33330 Saint Emilion
eyecandyPhone:05 57 51 30 71

In Cadillac at Cadillac

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cadillac is a town situated some 40 km (25mi) south east of Bordeaux.
Of course it is the place where Lamothe-Cadillac, the founder of the city of Detroit was born.
To celebrate its American connections the town of Cadillac dedicates a festival to the famous Cadillac cars.
Animations include music, dances, Cadillac rides etc.
Dates: the last weekend of August
eyecandyAddress:Cadillac, Gironde
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"Cathedra" Association Pipe Organ Concerts

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The concerts take place in Saint André Cathedral of Bordeaux.
Many concerts are entrance free.
For exact schedule check out the Cathedra.
eyecandyAddress:Saint André Cathedral, Place Pey Berland, Bordeaux
eyecandyPhone:05 35 34 48 28

Cape and Sword Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The Aquitaine Cape and Sword of Festival is held each year since 2010 at Vayres Castle
Dates: August 5th and 6th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Vayres Castle, Vayres
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La Rose Pauillac - Blind Wine Tasting

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Starting from Tuesday 4 July 2017 every Tuesday - except August 15th - and until August 29th at 3pm in the wine cooperative "La Rose Pauillac" cellar: wines tasting in total darkness. Only your senses (smell, taste, touch) will guide you during this workshop.
Booking mandatory. Price €15/person.
eyecandyAddress:44 rue du Marechal Joffre, 33250 Pauillac
eyecandyPhone: 05 56 59 03 08

Discovery of Great Bordeaux Wineries

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Every day from April 1st to November 15th 2017 the Bordeaux Tourist Office organizes half day or full day tours of the great Bordeaux wineries.
Exact trip plan and price on their web site.
eyecandyAddress:12 cours du XXX Juillet, Bordeaux
eyecandyPhone:+33(0)5 56 00 66 24

Langoiran Medieval Days

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Langoiran town and its medieval castle are situated 23km (14 mi) south east of Bordeaux.
2017 dates:
July 1st and 2nd
August 5th and 6th
September 30th and October 1st From 3pm to 6pm (€7)
The chateau hosts also on July 28th and 29th 2017 starting at 9pm the medieval show called "Il était un fois Longoiran".
eyecandyAddress:Langoiran, Gironde
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29th National Horse Jumping Competition

J F M A M J J A S O N D
This equestrian jumping competition takes place in the magnificent park of the Cazeneuve Castle.
Dates: August 12th to 15th 2017
Cazeneuve Castle is situated in the village of Préchac some 60 km (37 mi) southeast of Bordeaux.
eyecandyAddress:Préchac, Gironde
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Pauillac Gironde Estuary Cruises

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Discover, during a 1 1/2 hour cruise, the history of the Gironde estuary, its islands and the wine "chateaux" of the Médoc shores.
each Saturday and Sunday from the end of May to the end of August. The cruises are offered: on Saturdays, from June 3rd to June 24th at 2:30 pm and Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from July 3rd to August 31st at 2:30 pm 2017
eyecandyAddress:Pauillac, Gironde
eyecandyPhone:+33 5 56 59 03 08

"Planete Bordeaux","Planete Cooking" and "Oenology Club"

J F M A M J J A S O N D
"Planete Bordeaux" is an institution dedicated to Bordeaux wines.
All year round it organizes numerous events surrounding the wine, wine tourism, wine tasting classes, wines and foods accord, wine making, etc .
For more information about "Planete Bordeaux" check out also Three easy ways to do Bordeaux wine tasting when lacking time!
eyecandyAddress:RN 89 – Sortie 5 – 33750 BEYCHAC ET CAILLAU
eyecandyPhone: 05 57 97 19 38

"Un Jour un Vigneron"- "One Day One Winemaker" in Pauillac

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The town of Pauillac situated some 50 km (31 mi) north of Bordeaux gave its name to one of the world's most famous wine region with wine chateaux including Chateaux Latour, Lafite Rothschild and Mouton Rothschild.
Every day starting from July 1st and until August 31st 2017 the "Maison du Tourisme et du Vin de Pauillac" invites a winegrower of the region to talk about his/her wine and offer free tasting.
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eyecandyAddress: Maison du Tourisme et du vin de Pauillac La Verrerie 33250 PAUILLAC
eyecandyPhone:05 56 59 03 08

Saint-Macaire Medieval Festival

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Saint Macaire is a little town situated some 50 km (31mi) South east of Bordeaux.
Date: August 26th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Place du Mercadiou, Saint Macaire, Gironde
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"Traversée de Bordeaux"

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The 13th edition of the vintage cars show at Espalade des Quinconces and "Fronsadais" and "L'entre-deux-mers" tours.
Dates: August 26th and 27th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Esplanade des Quinconces, Bordeaux
eyecandyPhone:05 57 00 11 90

Wine Tasting at "Maison du Tourisme et du Vin" in Pauillac

J F M A M J J A S O N D
On Tuesdays July 18th and 25th and August 1st, 22nd and 29th and Thursday, July 13th, 20th and 27th and August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st 2017 the "Maison du Tourisme et du Vin" invites twenty wine makers of the region to present their wines for free tasting.
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eyecandyAddress:La Verrerie, 33250 Pauillac
eyecandyPhone:+33(0)5 56 59 0308

"WINE AND CHEESE" at La Rose Pauillac Cave

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"La Rose Pauillac" is in one of the oldest cellars of France. The event includes after visit of the cave a introductory lesson about the association "wine and cheeses". Five different cheeses are served with bread and of course wine.
Every Thursday at 12:00pm until September 28, 2017.
eyecandyAddress:44, rue Maréchal Joffre, 33250 PAUILLAC
eyecandyPhone:05 56 59 03 08

Wine School of Bordeaux

J F M A M J J A S O N D
All year round the Wine School of Bordeaux offers initiation or advanced courses for all those interested in the wines of Bordeaux.
eyecandyAddress:3 cours du XXX Juillet, 33000 Bordeaux
eyecandyPhone:05 56 00 22 85

Bordeaux Museums

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Bordeaux has several entrance free museums (free with the exceptions of temporary exhibits). Among them the Aquitaine Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts, Ethnography Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Botanical Garden and the Customs National Museum that is free only the first Sunday of each month.
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City:Cahors

Lot River Cruises

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Several cruises are offered during the month of May, June, July, August and September starting from Cahors. The cruises allow the discovery of the city of Cahors from a different vue point and also of the Lot River valley.
eyecandyAddress:Quai Valentré, Cahors
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Conques - Music Festival "LES RENCONTRES MUSICALES DE CONQUES"

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The festival features sacred music in Conques abbey, intimate recitals and concerts in the village, the village's auditorium or in historic areas of the region.
Date: July 22nd to August 10th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Conques
eyecandyPhone:05 65 71 24 00

Quercy Region Wine Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The festival is held each year in August.
Date: August 12th, 2017 in Castelnau Montratier.
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eyecandyAddress:Castelnau Montratier, Lot
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"Saint-Cirq Lapopie" Lot river cruise

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A 1 hour and 15 min cruise on the Lot river from town of Bouziès to Saint Cirque Lapopie on Lot river.(One of the most beautiful river cruise in France!)
The town of Bouziès is located some 27km east of Cahors.
eyecandyAddress:Le Port de Bouziès, 46330 Lot
eyecandyPhone:05 65 31 72 25

Medieval Festival of Gourdon

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Knights combats, music, medieval camping, craftsmen, games, shows etc.
August 6th and 7th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Gourdon en Quercy (46)
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Valentré Bridge Nightly Illumination Show

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Each summer Cahors invites the tourists and locals alike to watch the night time illumination of the Valentré bridge - an UNESCO listed monument.
The shows start at 10pm nightly.
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eyecandyAddress:Valentré Bridge, Cahors
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Lauzerte Medieval Festival

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Lauzerte is a little medieval village some 40km south west of Cahors.
The medieval festival includes Archery & jousting, knights combats, street music and shows, juggling etc.
Dates: August 26th and 27th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Lauzerte, Tarn-et-Garonne
eyecandyPhone:0646642239

Lagrézette Winery

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Lagrézette is a Cahors emblematic wine. The domain spreads over more then 60ha with the main grape type being "le malbec".
The domain is open for tours and wine tasting every day from 10 :00 AM to 6 :00 PM including Sundays.
eyecandyAddress:Château de Lagrézette, 46140 Caillac
eyecandyPhone:05 65 20 07 42

City:Carcassonne

Scented Garden

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The Scented Garden of Limoux is an English style landscaped 2 hectares garden. It includes a "Rose Garden", a spice garden, old forgotten plants and more then 2000 varieties of perennials, shrubs and perfumed trees.
eyecandyAddress:12, rue Dewoitine - 11300 Limoux
eyecandyPhone:04 68 31 49 94

Aguilar Castle Medieval Day

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: July 25th and 26th and August 16th 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:www.tuchan.fr
eyecandyAddress:Château d'Aguilar, 11350 Tuchan
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Canal du Midi Short Cruises - Carcassonne

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Short Canal du Midi cruises (from 1 1/2 hour to 3 hours) starting from the pier in front of the railroad station of Carcassonne.
eyecandyAddress:Promenade du Canal, Carcassonne
eyecandyPhone:+33 4 68 71 61 26

"Le Grand Tournoi de Chevalerie"

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The shows take place each day of the week except Saturday. Two daily, one hour, performances: at 3pm and 4:45pm.
This medieval tournament evokes the art of war and courtly jousts. To the rhythm of the horses' gait the knights clash without merci in a grandiose setting.
Dates: July 3th to August 26th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Cité de Carcassonne
eyecandyPhone:33 4 68 10 24 30

"Vigne et Terroir" Fest

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Each begining of August, during one weekend, Limoux - 24km southwest of Carcassonne - hosts the "Vigne et Terroir" ("Vine and Region") festival.
The fest begins on a Friday with the "Nuit de la fricasée" an evening dedicated to the "fricasée", a local gastronomic speciality made from beens.
The weekend features artistic, cultural and gastronomic events.
August 7th, 8th and 9th
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eyecandyWeb Site:www.limoux.fr
eyecandyAddress:Limoux
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Medieval Camp at Cabaret Castrum

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Cabaret Castrum is situated at the feet of the hills of the Lastours castles, some 20km (12 mi) north west of Carcassonne.
During the weekend of August 5th and 6th 2017 the association "Les Milites de Duns" will set up here a medieval camp allowing the visitor to get acquainted with the medieval way of life.
eyecandyAddress:11600 Lastours, Aude
eyecandyPhone:04 68 77 56 02

City:Dax

Feria de Dax

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During 5 days and 5 nights each year in the mid – August the city of Dax lives on the rhythms of “bandas” music, enjoying lots of animations including the traditional bull fights, cow races and of course fireworks.
Dates: 11th-15th August 2017
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eyecandyWeb Site:feria.dax.fr
eyecandyAddress:Dax
eyecandyPhone:05 58 90 99 09

The Museums of Dax

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Dax’s museums include:
Borda Museum
The museum houses collections of prehistoric objects from archaeological excavations, and also coins. One room is devoted to regional folklore and local bullfighting traditions. The museum can be visited entrance free on the first Sunday of the months (Always free for visitors under 18)
Georgette Dupoy Museum
The museum displays the work of Georgette Dupoy a French painter of the 20th century. Entrance free each Sunday and during national holidays.
Helicopter Museum
The museum displays a unique, in Europe, collection of ancient helicopters and planes and other aviation paraphernalia. The museum is open from the begining April to the end of November. Free for under 12 year olds.
eyecandyAddress:La Chapelle des Carmes, Rue de Borda, Dax
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Sarrat Park

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The Sarrat Park of Dax is listed as a “Remarcable Garden” by the French Ministry of Culture. It covers 3 ha and features French, botanical and English gardens.
Open only Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.dax.fr
eyecandyAddress:Rue du Sel Gemme, Dax
eyecandyPhone:05.58.56.80.17

City:Foix

"Grands Chemins de la Vallée d'Ax" Festival

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Animations include: guided visites, street music and shows in the town of Ax-les-Termes, visit of the villages of the valley of Ax etc.
Dates: July 24th to July 29th 2017
eyecandyAddress: Ax-les-Termes, Ariège
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Bamboo Park of Ariège

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A remarkable garden "Jardin Remarquable" recognized as such by “Le Comité des Parcs et Jardins de France” dedicated to bamboo!
eyecandyAddress:Lapenne, Ariège
eyecandyPhone:05 61 60 52 11

"Autrefois le Couserans" Festival

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The festival held in St. Girons some 40km west of Foix recreates the life of the region in the centuries past.
Animations include: concerts, parades, démonstrations of old trades etc.
Dates: August 4th to 6th 2017.
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eyecandyAddress:Saint Girons
eyecandyPhone:05 34 14 62 69

Foix Terre d'Histoire

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Each year in August (since 1988) Foix celebrates its Occitan roots and its Cathar history with a 1 hour and a half sound and lights show at Espinet theatre of Foix.
Dates: From August 1st to August 9th 2017 (starting at 10:00pm)
eyecandyAddress:Théâtre de Verdure de l’Espinet, Rue de l’Espinet, 09000 Foix
eyecandyPhone:05.61.02.88.26

Foix Medieval Festival

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Medieval market, archeological camp where animators explain the life of the 13th century, jugglers, musicians, sketches, medeival camp with animations, medieval tents, camp life, knights combat, etc.
From 10th to 14th of August 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Place Parmentier 09000 FOIX
eyecandyPhone:05 61 02 88 26

Mérens Horse Festival

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The festival is heald each year in the village of Bouan some 24km (15mi) south of Foix.
Mérens is the traditional horse breed of Ariège.
The festival takes place each year in the middle of August.
Dates: August 19th and 20th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Bouan, Ariège
eyecandyPhone:+33 (0)5 61 01 98 58

Mazères Medieval Festival

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Mazères is a bastide dating from the 13th century in the Ariège department some 40km (25mi) north of Foix.
Each year in the month of August the town celebrates its history with a Medieval Festival.
Date: August 5th and 6th 2017
For highlights of the 2013 edition click: here
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eyecandyAddress:Mazères, Ariège
eyecandyPhone:05 61 69 31 02

City:La Rochelle

Oyster City

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The town of Marennes, at around 60 KM south of La Rochelle, hosts the largest oyster culture French center.The visits are followed by oyster tasting.
The center is open from April until the begining of November - Toussaint Holiday.
eyecandyAddress:Voie de la Cayenne, 17320 Marennes
eyecandyPhone:05 46 36 78 98

Brouage by Night

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The Royal Citadel of Brouage - a UNESCO listed historic site - is situated some 35km South of La Rochelle.
Visit the citadel by night guided by characters that marked the history of the place.
Dates: July 6th, 20th, 26th, August 3rd, 9th, 17th, 14th 2017 starting at 8:30pm in front of the church of Brouage.
€7/person
eyecandyAddress:Brouage, Charente-Maritime
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La Rochelle Aquarium

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The aquarium of La Rochelle, located in the heart of the city, is one of Europe's largest private aquariums. Spread on a surface of 8,445 m2 (or more than 90,000ft2) , it is the home of more than 12,000 animals of 600 different species that live in more than 3 million liters of sea water.
Each year the aquarium welcomes more than 800,000 visitors, making it the most visited aquarium in France.
eyecandyAddress:Quai Louis Prunier, 17002 La Rochelle
eyecandyPhone:05 46 34 00 00

Mussel Farmers' Fest

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The fest takes place in Châtelaillon-Plage some 16 km south of La Rochelle, on the Atlantic coast.
It features street music and dances, farmers' market, the preparation of a gigantic "éclade" - a gastronomic speciality of the region - make from 100 kg of mussels.
Date: Sunday August 6th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Châtelaillon-Plage, Charente Maritime
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"Musique en Ré" Classical Music Festival

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The island of Ré of La Rochelle Atlantic coast host each year since 1987 the classical music festival "Musique en Ré".
The festival features concerts held in different locations of the island - many of which are free.
Date: July 17th to August 2nd 2017
eyecandyAddress:La Flotte, Ars en Ré, Le Bois-Plage en Ré, Rivedoux Plage, Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, Loix et St-Martin de Ré.
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Visit the Ile de Ré sea urchin hatchery

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The sea urchin hatchery is situated in the town of La Flotte on Ile de Ré.
The hatchery can be visited - with urchin tasting - from April to September on Wednesdays and Thursdays by appointment only.
eyecandyAddress:La Flotte, Ile de Ré, Charente Maritime
eyecandyPhone:05.46.66.54.08

Medieval Festival at Crazannes Castle

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Listed as a "Historical Monument", the Castle of Crazannes was built in the fourteenth century on the site of an ancient fort. His nickname "Castle of Puss in Boots" comes from its seventeenth century owner, Jules Gouffier, Earl of Caravaz, a remarkable character who inspired Charles Perrault to create Marquis of Carabas, Master of Puss in Boots in his celebrated tale.
The medieval festival takes place on the 5th and 6th of August 2017.
eyecandyAddress:Chateau Crazannes, 24 rue du Chateau, 17380 Crazannes
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La Rochelle Museums

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Interesting visits and collections at 5 of the La Rochelle museums: New Wolrd Museum , D'Orbigny-Bernon Museum , Beaux Arts Museum , Natural History Museum and Maritime Museum .
All the museums with the exception of the Maritime Museum can be visited free of charge the first Sunday of the month between the month of October and April (included).
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eyecandyAddress:La Rochelle
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City:Lourdes

Gavarnie Festival

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Taking place in an open sky setting, in the "Cirque de Gavarnie", a UNESCO listed natural wonder, at 1 450 m above sea level, the festival features this year the play "Dracula, Prince des ombres" - "Dracula, Prince of the shadows".
Nightly from the 25th of July to the 6th of August 2017.
The show starts at 9:00 pm.
eyecandyAddress:Gavarnie, Hautes-Pyrénées
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Lourdes Museums

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Some of Lourdes museums are: The Pyrenees Museum housed in the Lourdes Castle: features the largest art, popular traditions and historic item collections related with the Pyreneen Mountains region. www.chateufort-lourdes.fr
The Wax Museum - it tries to recreate scenes from the New Testament and the life of Bernadette Soubirous. www.musee-de-cire-lourdes.com
The House of Sainte Bernadette - situated at 2 Rue Bernadette de Soubirous. The house where the parents of Sainte Bernadette lived displays photos and objects related to the life of the Saint.
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eyecandyAddress:Lourdes
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Mutton Festival of Luz-Saint-Sauveur

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The festival dedicated to the local sheep breed celebrates each year the return of the flocks in the valley after spending the whole summer in the high altitude pastures. Animations include traditional (and not so traditional) music, demonstrations of sheep and lambs buying and selling negotiations, lamb roast tastings etc.
Dates: August 1st 2017
Luz-Saint-Sauveur is located some 30km (18.6mi) south of Lourdes.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.luz.org
eyecandyAddress:Luz-Saint-Sauveur, Hautes-Pyrénées
eyecandyPhone:05 62 92 30 30

"Orpheon" Male Choir Concerts

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"Orpheon" is a men vocal group that has existed since 1867. The group that calls itself "Les enfants de Barège" (children of Barège mountain region) has won throughout the time numerous awards and the international recognition for their mountaineer repertory.
Concerts in the church of Luz St Sauveur on June 14, July 24, August 25 and September 19 2017. Concerts start at 9:00pm.
eyecandyAddress:65120 Luz St Sauveur
eyecandyPhone:0683174704

City:Narbonne

Canal Cruise

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A 1 1/2 hour cruise on the Canal du Midi and Junction Channel on board of the replica of a 19th century barge. Available from mid April until November 1st.
eyecandyAddress:Ginestas, Aude
eyecandyPhone:06 78 99 94 51

The Organ Music Festival of Narbonne

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Held every year in the months of June, July and August the Organ Music Festival of Narbonne takes place in the Saint Just and Saint Pasteur Cathedral of the city and features organ players from all over the world. It is a free entrance event. For schedule of events check out the web site.
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eyecandyAddress:Narbonne
eyecandyPhone:06 08 06 22 24

Terra Vinea

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Terra Vinea is a 80 meters underground wine cellar/showroom and a Mediterranean civilization museum.
The visit is followed by the tasting of Languedoc region wines.
eyecandyAddress:11490 Portel-des-Corbières
eyecandyPhone:04 68 48 64 90

City:Nerac

Baise River Cruise

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There are different types of cruises on the Baïse River from 1 hour cruises to a whole day cruises.
eyecandyAddress:Capitainerie du Port - 47600 NERAC
eyecandyPhone:05.53.65.66.66

Liars Festival of Moncrabeau

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Moncrabeau village has declared itself the world capital of ... liars! Each first Sunday in August the village holds the "World Championship of Lies". The feast includes also a farmer's market, traditional dances and music, etc.
Date: Sunday August 6th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Moncrabeau, Lot-et-Garonne
eyecandyPhone:05 53 97 32 25

Albret Classical Music Festival

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The "Albret Music Festival" celebrates this year its 26th aniversary.
Concerts take place in churches all over "Pays d'Albret" a french region close to Nérac.
2017 dates and locations:
July 12th Xaintrailles
July 21st Lavardac
July 24th Barbaste
July 28th Nerac Temple
July 30th Montagnac
August 4th Espace d'Albret Nerac
August 8th Moncrabeau church
August 11th Mézin church
August 14th Francescas
eyecandyAddress:d’Albret Communauté, Lot-et-Garonne
eyecandyPhone:05 53 65 19 35

"So Nérac" Festival

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Wine and "produits du terroir" - local products - festival. Street music and dances, wine tasting, local products tasting.
DAte: Saturday August 5th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:47600 NERAC +33 5 53 65 27 75
eyecandyPhone:05 53 65 27 75

City:Pau

Little Train of Artouste

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Situated at 2000 meter in altitude the little train rail is the highest in Europe. The little train crosses outstanding sites like the Brousset valley, the banks of the l’Ours and d’Artouste lakes etc; in the heart of the Pyrenean Mountains of the Bearn region.
eyecandyAddress:Village de Fabrèges 64440 LARUNS
eyecandyPhone:05 59 05 36 99

Little Churches' Festival

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This festival dedicated to the sacred heritage of the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains includes classical music concerts, opera and text readings. It is a unique opportunity to discover the little Romanesque and Baroque gems of the Pyrenees valleys.
It takes place every year in the months of July and August.
This year the first concert takes place on Friday 21st of July 2017 in VIELLE-AURE at Saint-Barthélémy church.
eyecandyAddress:Bourisp, Hautes-Pyrénées.
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Hesta de Nosta Dama

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Each year on the 15th of August the population of Laruns in Ossau Valley celebrates its patronal feast. With this occasion the town becomes an open air stage with scenes reminiscent of the ancient rural way of life.
This event is listed in the nonmaterial heritage of France by the ministry of culture.
Laruns is located some 40km (29 mi) south of Pau.
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eyecandyAddress:Laruns, Pyrénées Atlantiques
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Espadrille Day in Mauléon

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Mauléon is the French capital of espadrille!
The animations include folk entertainment, songs, dances and pelote games, espadrille making demonstrations.
Date: August 15th, 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Mauléon - 60km (37mi) southwest of Pau
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Mauvezin Castle Medieval Festival

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Dates: August 13th, 14th and 15th 2017
eyecandyAddress:10 Rue du Château, 65130 Mauvezin
eyecandyPhone:05 62 39 10 27

September in Béarn

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This festival that starts at the end of August and ends in the middle of October includes "The Lamb Festival" of Escot in late August, "The Garbure World Championship" in Oloron-Sainte-Marie on the first weekend of September, "The Salt Festival" of Salies-de-Béarn, "The Festival of Béarn Chants" in Siros at the end of September and "The Festival of Corn" in Laàs in the middle of October.
For dates and more information please check the festival's web site.
eyecandyAddress:Oloron-Sainte-Marie
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Visit Jurançon Wine Cave

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Jurançon is the emblematic wine of Bearn (even Henri IV at his birth was made to swallow few drops of Jurançon as it was the custom in Bearn at the time!).
The caves of the Jurancon, with its ageing, assembling and wine bottling facilities, are open for visiting (on appointment) and tasting.
eyecandyAddress:La Cave de Gan - Jurançon - 53 Av Henri IV - 64290 GAN
eyecandyPhone:05 59 21 57 03

Jurançon Wine House

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The "Jurançon Wine House" offers the possibility of tasting of 150 different wines from the Jurançon denomination (AOC Juraçon) as well as Madiran, Irouléguy and other South West wines.
The House organizes all year round wine tasting classes and a variety of events centered around the wine.
The Jurançon Wine House is situated in the town of Lacommand that includes also a Knights Hospitallers Commandery built in the beginning of the 12th century.
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eyecandyAddress:Lacommande, Pyrénées Atlantiques
eyecandyPhone:05 59 82 70 30

City:Perigueux

Fête du Cheval (Horse Festival)

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The festival takes place in Saltgourde in the outskirts of Perigueux
Dates: August 19th and 20th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Saltgourde, Perigueux
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River Jousting

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Starting from 9 pm, nautical jousting in front of the Abbaye de Brantôme.
Dates: July 28th 2017, August 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Brantôme, Dordogne
eyecandyPhone:+33 6 31 59 66 38

Medieval Days at Bourdeilles Castle

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Medieval combat art, knights etc.
Dates: August 12th and 13th and September 9th and 10th 2017 (starting at 2pm)
eyecandyAddress:24310 Bourdeilles, Dordogne
eyecandyPhone:+33 5 53 03 73 36

Brantome - Boat Circuit

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Brantome, called the Venice of Perigord, is situated some 24km (15.5 mi) north of Periguéux.
The "Jean Maffioletti II" offers short -45 to 50 minutes - cruises on the Dronne River. It is a unique opportunity to admire Brantome from the water.
From April 1st to October 15th 2017
eyecandyAddress:PONT COUDÉ, Brantome
eyecandyPhone:+33(0)5 53 04 74 71

Hot Air Baloons Meet

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Hot air balloons meet on the territory of the Saint-Pierre-de-Chignac village some 15km (9mi) southeast of Perigueux.
August 26th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Saint-Pierre-de-Chignac, Dordogne
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"Les Nuits Gourmandes"

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"Les Nuits Gourmandes" event takes place each Wednesday starting on July 12th until August 23rd 2017.
Starting at 7pm and until midnight the center of Périgueux becomes a pedestian area animated by street music, nightly markets, street food etc.
eyecandyAddress:Perigueux
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Knife Festival in Nontron

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Well known for its cutlery, the oldest in France, the town of Nontron celebrates its most important product with a festival.
Animation include exhibition of famous Nontron and Laquiole knives, knives fabrication process presentation, knives throwing competition etc.
Dates: August 5th and 6th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Nontron, Dordogne - some 47km (29mi) north of Perigueux
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Summer Truffle Night Market at Sorges

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The truffle night market takes place in Sorges on the 7th of July and the 4th of August 2017. Musical animations and traditional "Tagliatelles aux truffes d'été" dinner. The event starts at 6:00pm.
eyecandyAddress:Sorges, Dordogne
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Foie Gras Museum at Thiviers

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The town of Thiviers, 33km north of Périgueux, is considered the foie gras capital of Périgord.
The museum allows you to discover all facets of the foie gras from production to tasting, its history, tips for enjoying it.
eyecandyAddress:8, Place du Maréchal Foch
24800 Thiviers
eyecandyPhone:+33 (0)5 53 55 12 50

Medieval Festival at Château Barrière

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Free entertainment: craft stalls: calligrapher, blacksmith, handmade, reative workshops for children, musical animation by the ensemble Pastourel and medieval fights.
August 7th 2017 from 10:30 &m to 7pm
eyecandyAddress:Château Barrière, Perigueux
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La Truffière des Mérigots

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Visit a truffle producing farm.
The tour begins with a video projection and then continues with a walk through the truffle before ending with a tasting of truffle butter toast with a drink.
Visits ONLY by appointment.
Open in June and September: Wednesdays and Saturdays and in July and August Tuesdays and Fridays.
eyecandyAddress:Les Mérigots, 24210 Gabillou
eyecandyPhone:06 64 17 71 11

City:Perpignan

Cathar Country Train Jouneys

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Visit the Cathar Country on board of the little trains "du Pays Cathare".
The journeys offered vary from 1 1/2 hours to 1/2 day.
The trains depart from different train stations in the department of Pyrénées Orientales (including Rivesaltes).
eyecandyWeb Site:www.tpcf.fr
eyecandyAddress:Gare SNCF, Rivesaltes
eyecandyPhone: 04 68 20 04 00

St. Vincent Days in Collioure

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Every year from the 14th to the 18th of August, Collioure celebrates the arrival on August 16, 1701 of the relics of St. Vincent, the patron saint of the town. On 16 August, the highest point of the festival, the famous fireworks illuminate the harbour boats and the Collioure fort.
eyecandyAddress:Collioure, Pyrénées-Orientales
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Prehistory Center of Tautavel

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The town of Tautavel is situated some 27km (17 mi) Northwest of Perpignan.
The town is the location of the European Prehistory Center and it's museum.
This complex was built near the cave where the remains of the prehistoric Man Of Tautavel were found.
eyecandyAddress:avenue Léon-Jean-Grégory, 66720 TAUTAVEL
eyecandyPhone: +33 (0)4 68 29 07 7

Guided underwater safari in Cèrbere-Banylus marin reserve

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This is a 250m long underwater route with the starting point at the beach of Peyrefite
.Available between June 30th and September 1st.
eyecandyAddress:Cèrbere
eyecandyPhone:04 68 88 56 87

Prehistory Festivals at Tautavel

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Every summer in Tautavel, two major events are organized by the Museum of Prehistory to public attention: Tautavel Prehistoric Human Days in July and the Feast of Prehistory in August. Free entertainment, meetings with researchers, prehistoric banquets ... offer a wonderful journey into the past for all the family.
Dates: August 9 and 10 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:450000ans.com
eyecandyAddress:Centre Européen de Préhistoire, avenue Léon-Jean-Grégory 66 720 TAUTAVEL
eyecandyPhone:+33 (0)4 68 29 07 76

"Les Médiévales de Peyrepertuse"

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The life during the medieval times is recreated each year in the Peyrepertuse Cathar Castle during the "Medieval Festival" held in the month of August.
Date: August 8th, 9th and 10th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Duilhac sous Peyrepertuse, Aude
eyecandyPhone:04 82 53 24 07

The Yellow Train Catalan

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The train,the highest running train in Europe, crosses the beautiful northern Catalonia region.
It links Villefranche de Conflent (some 50 km or 31 mi west of Perpignan) to Latour de Carol passing by Mont Louis and Fort Romeu. The train runs all year long (some cars are open cars)
eyecandyAddress: CASTEIL , Pyrenees Orientales
eyecandyPhone:08 00 88 60 91

City:Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Basque Music Concerts at the Cathedral

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All along the summer months each Thursday of the week, during the evening hours, the Saint Juan Bautista Cathedral of Saint Jean de Luz hosts Basque music concerts (entrance cost around €10)
eyecandyAddress:7 Rue de l'Eglise, Saint Jean de Luz
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Visit a Basque linen weaving workshop and Basque brewery

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The Basque weaving shop "1910 Lartigue" and the Basque "Akerbeltz" brewery are located next to each other in the town of Ascain some 10km southeast of Saint Jean de Luz.
Both offer visits to their workshops and the possibility of buying (free tasting in the case of the brewery) of their products.
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eyecandyAddress:Z.A. de Larre Lore, 64310 Ascain.
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Txakoli Feast in Ciboure

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Txakoli is a Basque white wine made from white grapes.
The Feast of Txakoli takes place in Ciboure on Sunday August 6th 2017 from 10am to 2:30pm.
Txakoli makers are present in the square of the fronton for free wine tasting accompanied by the traditionals pintxos (calamaris). Basque songs for the musical atmosphere.
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eyecandyAddress:Ciboure
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La Rhune Mountain Train Ride

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At 10 km from Saint Jean de Luz, the cogwheel train dating back to 1924 takes the travelers on the summit of the La Rhune mountain, at 905 meters altitude, the legendary peak that overlooks the French and Spanish Basque Country.
The train runs every day from February 27 to November 3 2017.
eyecandyWeb Site:www.rhune.com
eyecandyAddress:Col de Saint-Ignace - 64310 SARE
eyecandyPhone:05 59 54 20 26

City:Sarlat

Boat Trip on Dordogne

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A 50 minute boat trip on Dordogne river starting from the town of Beynac is offered by "Gabarres de Beynac" company.
The trip takes place aboard of a "gabarre", a replica of a 19th century boat.
During the trip one can admire the Beynac, Castelnau, Fayrac and Marqueyssac castles.
eyecandyAddress:Gabarres de Beynac
24220 Beynac et Cazenac
eyecandyPhone:05 53 29 39 76

Sarlat Vintage Cars Meeting

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The meeting takes place each last Sunday of the month in Sarlat from 10:30am to 12:00pm. It is open to anything on wheels older then 1980 (but also to exceptional newer cars).(Between 10am and 12:30pm only!)
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eyecandyAddress:Place du 19 mars 1962, Sarlat
eyecandyPhone: +33 5 53 59 06 09

Bergerac Tabacco Museum and Automobile Museum of Sanxet Castle

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These two interesting museums are located respectively in and close to the town of Bergerac some 56km or 35 mi west of Sarlat.
The Tobacco museum, unique in France, traces the history of tobacco since pre-Columbian times.
The Automobile Museum of Sanxet Castle is located 8 km south of Bergerac in the heart of Monbazillac vineyard. Sanxet Castle itself is on old 14th century English fortress.
The visitor is invited to tour the winery before visiting the museum the displays 30 rare and prestigious cars. The visit finishes with the chateau wine tasting.
eyecandyAddress:Musée du Tabac, Maison Peyrarède - Place du Feu 24100 BERGERAC
eyecandyPhone:+33(0)5 53 57 03 11

Dordogne Cruise from La Roque-Gageac

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La Roque-Gageac is a little village some 13km south of Sarlat. It is the departure point of an 1 hour cruise on the Dordogne river with the "Gabarres Caminade"
eyecandyAddress:24250 La Roque Gageac
eyecandyPhone:05 53 29 40 95

Gourdon Medieval Festival

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Gourdon is a town in the Lot department (some 25km south east of Sarlat and some 45km north of Cahors). Since 1995 during the first weekend of August Gourdon hosts its Medieval Festival.
Animations include medieval songs and instrumental music, knights' fights, fire-eaters, dancers, acrobats, etc.
Dates: August 6th and 7th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Gourdon, Lot Department
eyecandyPhone: 05 65 27 52 50

Guided tours of the medieval town of Sarlat

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Sarlat, capital of Black Périgord, has preserved the integrity of its old buildings and is now one of the most beautiful medieval towns of Europe.
Following a tour guide, discover its winding streets, its vaulted passages, its cathedral and its mansions dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth century
Centuries of history unfold in the course of the visit.
Famous events are of course mentioned, but some well-kept secrets will also be revealed.
Every day during the months of April, May, June, July, August, September and October at 10:30am except Saturday at 3pm (Every Thursday at 11:00am guided tours in English)
Duration: 1 hour and a half
Departure from the Tourist Office.
eyecandyAddress:3 rue Tourny 24200 Sarlat-La-Caneda
eyecandyPhone: +33 5 53 31 45 42

Rocamadour Sacred Music Festival

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Dates: August 5th to August 26th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Rocamadour
eyecandyPhone:06 52 74 01 06

Scenic Train of Haut-Quercy

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The train rides slowly on the edges of the cliffs above the Dordogne river from the villages of Martel to Saint-Denis-les-Martel some 40km (24mi) east of Sarlat.
eyecandyAddress:Chemin de fer touristique du Haut-Quercy, La Gare, 46600 Martel, Lot
eyecandyPhone:+33 (0)5 65 37 35 81

"La Belle Sarladaise" - Theatrical Costume Visit of Sarlat

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A theatricalized visit that makes us go back in time today until the 13th century.
The beautiful Sarladaise tells us about all these historical less knonw facts that made Sarlat a unique city.
Duration: About 1 hour.
Departure at the Tourist Office at 6:30pm.
The visit takes place on different days in the months of May, June, July, August and September.
For exact dates check out the web site.
eyecandyAddress:3 rue Tourny, 24200, Sarlat-La-Caneda
eyecandyPhone:+33 5 53 31 45 45

Black Perigord Festival

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The Black Perigord Festival ("Le Festival du Périgord Noir") is a classical music festival that takes place each year in different villages and towns of Perigord Noir.
Many concerts take place in the months of August and September and quite a few are entrance free.
For more information check the festival's program.
All concerts of Black Perigord Festival are held in churches with exceptional and unique sonorities.
From July 26 to October 13 2017
eyecandyAddress:Montignac-Lascaux(First 2017 concert)
eyecandyPhone:05 53 51 95 17

Prehistory Welcome Center

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In order to better prepare your voyage in the "Valley of the Man", as the Vezere valley is called, drop by the Prehistory Welcome Center.
As is is written on the center's web site: "The Prehistory Welcome Center, open in July 2010, is dedicated to the discovery and knowledge of prehistory and the Vezere Valley. It will fulfill several functions for the general public: welcoming tourists and providing them with information on the subject of prehistory...".
The center organizes also (free) events centered around the prehistory and its most important sites in Dordogne.
Entrance free for under 25 y.o. and THE FIRST SUNDAY of the month.
eyecandyAddress:1 Rue du Musée, 24620 Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac
eyecandyPhone:05 53 06 06 97

The Dordogne River by Barge

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A 55 minutes trip by barge on the Dordogne River starting from the town of La Roque Gageac offers a different point of view of its beautiful valley and of 4 castles: Castelnaud, Marqueyssac, Lacoste and de la Malatrie.
eyecandyAddress:Gabarres Norbert
Le Bourg, 24250 La Roque Gageac
eyecandyPhone:05 53 29 40 44

City:Toulouse

Comminges Festival

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Each year Saint Bertrand de Comminges - at around 100km South West of Toulouse - hosts between the middle of July and end of August the internationally renowned classical music festival: "Festival du Comminges". The concerts of chamber, sacred, baroque and contemporary music are held in three historic buildings that are among the most prestigious of the central Pyrenees including the Cathedral of Saint Bertrand de Comminges.
eyecandyAddress:Saint Bertrand de Comminges
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Cassoulet Festival

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The "Cassoulet Festival" is held every year at Castelnaudary (60km south east of Toulouse) - the world capital of the dish! - at the end of August. Lots of animations - including a Cathar procession - around the history and traditions of the cassoulet.
Dates: August 23th to 27th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Castelnaudary
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Ailes Anciennes Toulouse - The Old Wings of Toulouse

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The "Ailes Anciennes de Toulouse" is an association that collects and restores planes and aeronautical memorabilia.
Its collection is one of the biggest in France and includes planes like Dassault Falcon 10,Cessna 310,F-8 Crusader, Vautour IIB, Super Mystère B2, De Havilland Vampire T11, Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, Aero Spacelines Super Guppy etc.
The collection displayed close to the airport of Blagnac can be visited without appointment Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2:00 pm for unguided visits and Saturdays at 9:30 am and 10:30 pm for guided visits.
eyecandyAddress:4 rue Beteille 31700 BLAGNAC
eyecandyPhone:+(33)5 61 21 70 01

Festival of Flowers - Luchon

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Luchon is situated in the southern Pyrenees mountains part of the department of Haute-Garonne some 150km south west of Toulouse.
It hosts the Flowers' Festival each year since 1899.
Animations include: street music and dances, parades, fireworks etc.
The festival ends with a flower fight.
Many animations are free.
Dates: August 24th - 27th 2017.
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eyecandyAddress:Luchon, Haute-Garonne
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Short Cruises on Canal du Midi and/or Garonne River

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There are many companies offering short cruises on the Canal du Midi or on the Garonne river. (with or without repasts). We list here just two of them:
http://www.toulouse-croisieres.com/
http://www.bateaux-toulousains.com/canaldumidi.htm
From a cruise ship one can admire the nicest part of Toulouse viewed from the water and learn the history of the city that was born on the river banks.
The cruises are on reservation only.
For other information about experiencing the Canal du Midi visit our post: Cruising the Canal du Midi
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eyecandyAddress:Quai de la Daurade, Toulouse
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Revel's Saturday Morning Market

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Revel's Saturday Morning Market is listed as one of the 100 most beautiful markets in France.
It is held throughout the year in the galleries formed under the arches built in the middle of the Revel's bastide - a quasi-unique in France octogonal shaped bastide built in 1342 by Philippe VI de Valois.
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eyecandyAddress:Revel (some 61km or 37mi south east of Toulouse)
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Cite de l'Espace

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Its only suitable for the city that hosts the European Aeronautic Defense and Space company (EADS) (and soon its HQ) to have a world renowned "Cité de l'Espace" - an attraction park dedicated to the adventure of space exploration.
Its most outstanding attractions are:
one of the world's biggest planetariums, the replicas of the space station MIR and the shuttle SOYOUZ, the replica of the Ariane rocket - the first two replicas can be sitied but unfortunately not the Ariane -, a simulator of Moon walking and a new exhibit dedicated to Mars equipped with a simulator of the Martian gravity and of its atmosphere.
The Cité is also in the possesion of the, unique in France, Moon rock given to it by NASA.
eyecandyAddress:Avenue Jean Gonord, 31506, Toulouse
eyecandyPhone:0820 377 233

Pottery Shops

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With 9 porcelain shops Martres-Tolosane, situated at around 60 km south west of Toulouse, is considered the "Porcelain Town".
This art has flourished here since the 18th century and after WWII the fashion of tin-glazed decorated porcelains was revived.
Some potters are still using unique decorative colors created by their ancestors and whose fabrication secret is guarded by the family.
Any of these 9 shops can be visited.
eyecandyAddress:Martres-Tolosane
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Museums

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Each first of Sunday of the month the museums of Toulouse can be visited free of charge (The temporary shows still have an entrance fee). The Toulouse museums that fall in this "first Sunday free" cathegory are:

Check also our posts at: http://southweststory.com/wp/category/museums
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eyecandyAddress:Toulouse
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Let's Visit Airbus

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"Let's Visit Airbus" is the title of the flyer that advertises the visits, organized by TaxiWay Company, of the Airbus Site in Toulouse.
There are 3 visits proposed, everyone of 1 1/2 hour: "Panoramic Tour", "Heritage Tour" and "Airbus 380 Tour". Reservation is mandatory.
eyecandyAddress:Village Aéroconstellation, Rue Franz Joseph Strauss, 31700 Blagnac
eyecandyPhone:05 34 39 42 00