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City:Agen

Agen Museum

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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

"World Pipe Organ Days"

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Presentation of the organs take place at the Collegiate Church of Saint Salvi and Saint Cecile Cathedral and Collegiate Church of Saint Salvi on May 13th and 14th 2017.
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eyecandyAddress:Saint Salvi Collegiate Church, Rue Mariès, Albi
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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: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

"Agde au fil du temps"

J F M A M J J A S O N D
"Agde au fil du temps" is an yearly event held in Agde (some 24km - 15 mi - south east of Bèziers) whose goal is to bring simultaneously to life all the periods of the history of Agde - from arrival of the Greek sailors some 2600 years ago to nowadays - during a (late May or early June) weekend.
Date: May 14th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Agde, Herault Department
eyecandyPhone:04 67 01 04 04

Canal du Midi Short Cruise

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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

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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Vinocap

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The largest wine fair in South of France with more than 100 exhibitors-producers including the most prestigious vineyards of the region.
Date: May 25th to 27th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Centre-port, Cap d'Agde
eyecandyPhone:04 99 47 48 49

"World Pipe Organ Days" -Agde

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Discovery of Agde town pipe organs, music school students play short pieces chosen for their suitability to each pipe organ.
Date: May 14th 2017 Agde St Etienne Cathedral in the morning and St Sever Church afternoon.
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eyecandyAddress:St Etienne Cathedral, Rue Hôtel du Cheval Blanc, 34300 Agde
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City:Biarritz

Musée de la Mer Aquarium de Biarritz

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

Bayonne Chocolate Days

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year at the end of May the Academy of the Chocolate Guild of Bayonne organizes the "Chocolate Festival". During 2 days the chocolate makers ("les chocolatiers") of the city expose in front of their shops their chocolate creations that the passers by are invited to taste.
The festival features also exhibitions, conferences and other activities all chocolate themed.
Dates: May 26th and 27th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Bayonne
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Espadrille Museum

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

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

City:Bordeaux

The Grand Wineries Tour Road Train of Saint Emilion

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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

"Grands Crus" Weekend

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Every year at the end of May or beginning of June the Union of the Grands Crus of Bordeaux organizes the Weekend of Grands Crus.
It is a rare opportunity to taste more than 100 wines from all the grand domains of Bordeaux. The weekend includes also vineyards tours, dinners at the estates and even a golf tournament ("Union des Grands Crus Trophy").
Reservation is required.
Dates: May 20th and 21st 2017
eyecandyWeb Site:www.ugcb.net
eyecandyAddress:Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux
10 cours du XXX Juillet
Bordeaux 33000
eyecandyPhone:05 56 51 91 91

Jumping des Sables

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year during 2 days in May, Arcachon hosts the unique equestrian event "Jumping des Sables". The event in which the best French riders compete takes place on the beach at low tide. Beside the jumping competion there are original animations related to the equestrian world.
Dates: May 25th to 28th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Plage Pereire, boulevard de la Mer, 33120, Arcachon
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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

Cod Festival at Bègles

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Bègles is a suburb of Bordeaux. The town hosts the Cod Festival since 1995.
The fest is a gastronomic event centered on ...the cod but features also street music and dances, shows etc.
Dates: May 26th, 27th and 28th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Bègles, Gironde
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Discovery of Great Bordeaux Wineries

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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

Patiras "Open House"

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Patiras is an 4.5km long 1km wide island in the Gironde Estuary in front of the town of Pauillac.
Its lighthouse, situated on the north-east tip, has guided ships for over 100 years. Today it has been acquired and restored by the Conservatoire du Littoral, and became a belvedere spot that offers a magnificent panorama of the Gironde estuary.
The Patiras "Open House" offers free tours of the island, only the boat-ride is paid.
The tours take place on May 1st and September 17th and November 1st 2017
eyecandyAddress:33250 PAUILLAC, Gironde
eyecandyPhone:+33 5 56 59 03 08

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

Bordeaux River Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Lots of animations including boat races, cruises, visits of tall ships etc.
The last day of the festival is dedicated to the Garonne crossing swimming competition that starts at 8am and gathers 150 competitors.
Dates: from May 26th to June3rd 2017
eyecandyAddress:Bordeaux
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Landiras Medieval Festival

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The town of Landiras is situated some 44km (27 mi) south-east of Toulouse.
The medieval festival features medieval street music, theatre, medieval knights' games etc.
Date: May 13th, 14th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Domaine équestre des bois de Cabiros - 33720 LANDIRAS
eyecandyPhone:06 34 54 24 29

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

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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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"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

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

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

City:Dax

Men's Choir Music Concerts at Dax Cathedral

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Dates: May 17th, June 7th, July 26th ,September 13th September 29th and 30th, October 1st, October 18th, November 8th, November 26th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Cathédrale, Place Roger Ducos, 40100 Dax
eyecandyPhone:06.63.87.90.73

Craft and Gastronomy Days

J F M A M J J A S O N D
This year the "Crafts and Gastronomy Days" called "PARENTHÈSES ARTISANALES ET GASTRONOMIQUES" takes place in the Place de la Fontaine Chaude of Dax. It is a meeting of local artisans proposing not only their products but also demonstrations and workshops. Lot of animations, traditional songs and dances etc.
Dates for 2017: 24th, 25th and 26th of May (between 10am and 7pm)
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eyecandyAddress:Place de la Fontaine Chaude, Dax
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Asparagus Festival

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"Fête de l'asperge" takes place every year on May 1st in Pontonx-sur-l'Adour.
The fest includes farmer's market, cooking demonstrations, meetings with asparagus producers, funfair, the visit of an asparagus farm.
Date: May 1st 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Pontonx-sur-l'Adour, Landes
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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

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

Bamboo Park of Ariège

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

Rose Festival at Camon

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Camon, situated around 30km west of Foix, is listed as one of the "Les Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("Most Beautiful Villages of France").
Each year on the third Sunday of May, Camon celebrates the rose, the village featuring more than 200 roses climbing the facades of its houses.
Date: May 21st 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Camon, Ariège
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Medieval Days at Foix Castle

J F M A M J J A S O N D
This edition of the festival brings together the medieval construction tradesmen: builders, rope makers, blacksmiths etc.
Dates: May 27th and 28th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Foix Castle, Foix
eyecandyPhone:05 61 05 10 10

Sacred Art Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
This festival presents religious art in all its forms through diverse means of artistic expression : instrumental music, song, danse, dramatic arts, visual art, etc. through concerts, recitals, theatre, conferences, exhibitions.
The concerts take place in the churches and chapels of Couserans region.
Dates: from May 25th to June 4th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Saint Lizier, Ariège
eyecandyPhone:05 61 96 77 77

City:La Rochelle

Oyster City

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

La Rochelle Traditional Jazz Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The jazz festival - that celebrates the historic links between the port city of La Rochelle and the "New World" - takes place each year in beginning of May. Many concerts are free and/or take place on public squares.
Dates: May 31st to June 4th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:La Rochelle
eyecandyPhone:09 75 93 58 49

La Rochelle Aquarium

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

"CAVALCADE" Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
The cavalcade is a traditional family event that takes place every year in late spring in the center of La Rochelle. For two days, processions of decorated floats and marching bands parade through the city in music.
Dates: May 27th, 28th 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Centre Ville, 17000 La Rochelle
eyecandyPhone:05 46 30 08 50

Trizay Medieval Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Middle Ages workshops: embroidery, calligraphy, spices & herb, carpentry, medieval cuisine, board games, candle making , archery etc.
Date: May 20th and 21st 2017
eyecandyAddress:Esplanade de l'abbaye, 17250 Trizay Charente-Maritime
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Visit the Ile de Ré sea urchin hatchery

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

La Rochelle Museums

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

Major Pilgrimages

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Major Pilgrimages take place in Lourdes all year round. Some of them are:
  • The armed forces pilgrimage that takes place each May and gathers more then 40,000 armies représentatives from all over the world.
  • The Order of Malta Pilgrimage takes place also each May and brings together at Lourdes the Knights and Dames of the Order of Malta from all over the world.
  • The Camargue herdsmen's pilgrimage that takes place each October.
  • The Pilgrimage of Rosary organized by the Dominican monks on the first week of October.
Other important religious festivities take place annually on the 11th of February - the aniversary of the first Appearance - and on December 8th the day of Immaculate Conception.
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eyecandyAddress:Lourdes
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Lourdes Museums

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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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City:Narbonne

Canal Cruise

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

Fontfroide Abbey Flower Festival

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Each year since 2003 Fontfroide Abbey host during one weekend in May the Flower Festival.
The festival bringings together producers of plants, trees and flowers, craftsmen, and features many other attractions, all related to the garden and nature.
Date: May 6th, 7th et 8th 2017 from 10am to 6pm
eyecandyAddress:Fontfroide Abbey
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Gourmet trails in Clape vineyards

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Date: May 21st 2017(starting at 10:30am)
eyecandyAddress: La Clape, 11100 Narbonne
eyecandyPhone:04 68 65 15 60

Terra Vinea

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

City:Pau

Grand Prix de Pau

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Every year the city of Pau welcomes the Grand Prix that takes place in two successive weekends, the first weekend is assigned for the Historical Grand Prix and the second one for the modern cars competition.
Dates: May 19th, 20th, 21th 2017 and the historical grand prix on May 27th and 28th 2017
eyecandyAddress:Pau
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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

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

J F M A M J J A S O N D
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

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

"Thursdays at the Museum" - Lunch Time Visit of Périgueux Museum

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Each Thursday the "Art and Archeology Museum" of Périgueux can be visited for free during a "lunch break" from 12pm to 2pm.
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eyecandyAddress:22 cours Tourny, 24000 Périgueux
eyecandyPhone:05 53 09 37 74

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

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

Cherry Festival of Céret

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The festival features street music and dances, a farmer's cherry market etc.
Dates: Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st 2017
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eyecandyAddress:Céret, 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

Sol y Fiesta

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Every year for the weekend of the Ascension, Leucate - some 30km north of Perpignan - comes alive for three days of festivities. Animation include street music and parades, open air shows, bodegas etc.
Dates: May 26th and 27th 2017.
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eyecandyAddress:Leucate Village
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The Yellow Train Catalan

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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

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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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

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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

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

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

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

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

Airexpo, the largest airshow the south west of France

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31st edition of Airexpo takes place on the 20th of May 2017 on the airfield Muret-Lherm.
eyecandyAddress:31600 Lherm, 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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Street Music Festival in Saint Felix de Lauragais

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The 7th edition of the Street Music Festival takes place in the village of Saint Felix de Lauragais - some 40km southeast of Toulouse - on May 19th, 20th and 21st 2017.
Friday May 19 from 8pm to 1am street concerts.
Saturday May 20 from 3pm to 1am street shows, street food, music.
Sunday 21 "vide grenier" and craft market.
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eyecandyAddress:Saint Felix de Lauragais, Haute-Garonne
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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