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April 2014 Newsletter

March 29, 2014
Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening (depending on the side of the planet!!!)


Bordeaux en primeur April is since …two centuries(!) the month of the "En Primeur" event of Bordeaux – the world renowned wine tasting event that allows the region's wine chateaux to present and sell their – still in the barrel – previous year wines (2 years before of their bottle release).
According to Decanter Magazine "Bordeaux is set for a low-key en primeur campaign this year, with some describing 2013 as the region's worst vintage for 20 years".
The event is open only to wine professionals.

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... and some of April month's events (the list does not include the year round activities)

City: Albi

check mark Tarn Tourist Train
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.
eyecandyAddress: Place de la République, 81500 Saint-Lieux-Les-Lavaur
Phone: 05.61.47.44.52
more info

City: Beziers

check mark Saint Adrien Garden
The garden flourished 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 balls like the Venetian Carnival (in June) or the "Belle Epoque" Carnival(in September)
eyecandyAddress: 34290 SERVIAN
eyecandyPhone: 04 67 39 24 92
more info
check mark Canal du Midi Cruise
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
more info
check mark Sète Canal Cruises
Short 45 minute cruises on the canals of Sète - the "Venice of Languedoc".
eyecandyAddress: Sète
eyecandyPhone:
more info
check mark Maritime Traditions Festival of Sète
Animations include: traditional boats visits, parades, jousting, cooking classes around seafood , lectures on marine trades, workshops, concerts etc.
Dates: From April 18 to April 21 2014
eyecandyAddress: 34200 SETE
eyecandyPhone: 33 (0 )6 70 73 17 15
more info

City: Biarritz

check mark Espadrille Museum
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
more info
check mark Bayonne Ham Fair
From Thursday 17th to Sunday 20th of April 2014
freebie
eyecandyAddress:
eyecandyPhone: 33 (0)5 59 46 09 00
more info

City: Bordeaux

check mark The Grand Wineries Tour Road Train of Saint Emilion
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: BP 73 33330 Saint Emilion
eyecandyPhone: 05 57 51 30 71
more info
check mark Pauillac Gironde Estuary Cruises
Discover, during a 1 1/2 hour cruise, the history of the Gironde estuary, its islands and the "Chateaux" of the Rives Médocaines.
This cruise is offered: Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 April at 2:15pm, Sunday April 13 to June 1st at 2:30pm, June 7 to June 28 at 2:30pm, on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from June 30 to August 31 at 2:30pm and Sundays from September 7 to October 12 at 2:30pm.
eyecandyAddress: Pauillac, Gironde
eyecandyPhone: +33 5 56 59 03 08
more info
check mark "Planet Cooking" and "Oenology Club" at Planet Bordeaux
Numerous events surrounding the wine, wine tasting lessons, wines and gastonomy, wine making less known information etc.
Events take place once a month at Planet Bordeaux.
eyecandyAddress: Bordeaux
eyecandyPhone:
more info
check mark "Printemps des châteaux" - Spring in the wineries
Each year during one weekend (usually the last weekend in March or the first weekend in April) the wine "chateaux" of Medoc open their doors for visits and free wine tasting.
It is an singular opportunity to visit during one weekend the world famous Medoc wineries.
Because of the limit of the number of visitors for some chateaux the registration to "Maison du Tourisme et du Vin" of Pauillac is strongly recommended.
Dates: April 5th and April 6th 2014.
eyecandyAddress: Maison du Tourisme et du Vin, La Verrerie, 33250 Pauillac
eyecandyPhone: +33 (0)5 56 59 03 08
more info

City: Cahors

check mark "Saint Cirque Lapopie" Lot river cruise
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: Bouziès, 46330 Lot
eyecandyPhone: 05 65 31 72 25
more info

City: Carcassonne

check mark Canal du Midi Short Cruises
Short Canal du Midi cruises (from 1 1/2 hour to 3 hours) starting from the pier in front of the railroad station.
eyecandyAddress:
eyecandyPhone: +33 4 68 71 61 26
more info
check mark "Fête du Pays de Carcassonne"
Animations include: crafts and farmers' market, concerts, street theatre etc.
Dates: April 19 to April 21 2014.
freebie
eyecandyAddress: CITE MEDIEVALE, 11000 Carcassonne
eyecandyPhone:
more info
check mark Carnival of Limoux
Starting in January and ending in April, Limoux's carnival is the longest in the world.
It takes place each weekend during the above mentioned period and animations include: street music and dances, impromptu performances of traditional masks of "Le Pierrot", "Le goudil" and "Le Domino", etc.
freebie
eyecandyAddress: place de la République, Limoux, Aude
eyecandyPhone:
more info
check mark Salon du Chocolat
Workshops around chocolate, food and wine stands etc.
Date: April 5th, 6th 2014
eyecandyAddress: Place Eggenfelden,HALLES DE CARCASSONNE, 11000 Carcassonne
eyecandyPhone:
more info

City: Dax

check mark Sarrat Park
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.
eyecandyAddress: Rue du Sel Gemme, Dax
eyecandyPhone: 05.58.56.80.17
more info

City: La Rochelle

check mark Oyster City
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
more info
check mark Visit the Ile de Ré sea urchin hatchery
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
eyecandyPhone: 05.46.66.54.08
more info

City: Lourdes

check mark Classical Music Festival
Takes place each year in April.
The concerts take place in different churches in Lourdes.
Dates: April 20-27 2014
eyecandyAddress: Lourdes
eyecandyPhone:
more info

City: Narbonne

check mark Canal Cruise
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
more info

City: Nerac

check mark Baise River Cruise
There are different tyoe of cruises on the Baise River from 1 hour cruise to a whole day one.
eyecandyAddress: Capitainerie du Port - 47600 NERAC
eyecandyPhone: 05.53.65.66.66
more info
check mark Fourcés Flower Market
Each year during the last weekend in April, the round bastide of Fourcés hosts the southwest of France most important flower market.
The market follows a different theme each year.
Dates: April 26, 27 2014
freebie
eyecandyAddress: Fourcés
eyecandyPhone:
more info

City: Perigueux

check mark Brantome - Boat Circuit
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.
eyecandyAddress: PONT COUDÉ, Brantome
eyecandyPhone: +33(0)5 53 04 74 71
more info

City: Perpignan

check mark Cathar Country Train Jouneys
Visit the Cathar Country on board of the little Train "du Pays Cathare".
The journeys offered vary from 1 1/2 hours to 1/2 day.
eyecandyAddress: 26, Boulevard de l'Agly, 66220 - SAINT-PAUL-de-FENOUILLET
eyecandyPhone: 04 68 20 04 00
more info
check mark World Kitesurfing And Windsurfing Championship
Since 1996, the event of Leucate has become the first kitesurfing and windsurfing event in France and has established itself as the international reference event in these disciplines.
Dates: April 26 to May 4 2014.
freebie
eyecandyAddress: LEUCATE - LA FRANQUI - Seafront
eyecandyPhone:
more info

City: Sarlat

check mark Boat Trip on Dordogne
A 50 minute boat trip on Dordogne river starting from the town of Beynac is offered by "Gabarres de Beynac" company.
The trip take place aboard of a "gabare", 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
more info
check mark Dordogne Cruise from La Roque-Gageac
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
more info
check mark Scenic Train of Haut-Quercy
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: 46600 Martel, Lot
eyecandyPhone: +33 (0)5 65 37 35 81
more info
check mark The Dordogne River by Barge
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: Gabares Norbert
Le Bourg, 24250 La Roque Gageac
eyecandyPhone: 05 53 29 40 44
more info
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