June's Activities and Things to Do...

... in the South West of France

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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
eyecandyPhone: 05.61.47.44.52
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check mark Cruises on the Tarn River
Tarn River Cruises from May to October starting from the feet of the fortifications of the Berbie Palace.
eyecandyAddress: 7 Port Saint-Sauveur, Toulouse
eyecandyPhone: 05 65 30 99 33
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check mark Fashion Museum
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
eyecandyPhone: 33 (0)5 63 43 15 90
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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
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check mark "Agde au fil du temps"
"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: Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd 2013.
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eyecandyAddress: Agde, Herault Department
eyecandyPhone: 04 67 01 04 04
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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
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City: Biarritz

check mark Musical Saturdays at the Cathedral
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
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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
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check mark Bordeaux Wine Festival
The Bordeaux Wine Festival takes place each year at the end of June and lasts 4 days. It takes the city's center by storm with lots of animations, wine tastings, concerts and even literary events all dedicated to the Bordeaux wine.
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check mark "Grand Crus Musicaux" Festival
The classical music festival takes place each summer- since 2003 - in several of the most prestigious wine chateaux of the Bordeaux region.
Concerts are followed by a tasting of the "Grand Cru" wines accompanied by a cocktail.
The concerts give also the opportunities of admiring the remarkable domains from a different point of view.
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check mark International Pipe Organ Music Festival
The International Festival of the Pipe Organ Music has taken place each summer in Bordeaux since 1982. The concerts are held at Saint André Cathedral. For concerts schedule check the web site.
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eyecandyAddress: Saint André Cathedral, Bordeaux
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check mark The Spring Gerb'Ode Festival
Each year the Association of History and Memories of Graves holds a medieval festival in June called "The Spring Gerb'Ode" in Cadaujac, some 12 km south from Bordeaux center in the Graves region.
2013 dates: June 8 and June 9
eyecandyAddress: Cadaujac
eyecandyPhone: 06 63 53 70 90
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check mark Les Epicuriales - Gastronomical Festival of Bordeaux
The festival takes place on the second half of June in the center of Bordeaux.
The linden shaded Avenue de Tourny of Bordeaux transform itself in the biggest open air restaurant of the world.
The animations include free cooking classes.
eyecandyAddress: Allées de Tourny, Bordeaux
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check mark Wine Tours offered by Ophorus Bordeaux
Ophorus - a travel company - offers Bordeaux Wine Tours for year 2013:
" Your small group scheduled and private wine tours departing from Bordeaux and that head towards all the main Bordeaux wine regions. All tours conducted by english speaking licensed driver/guides in new, comfortable and fully equipped minivans."
For more info email Christophe Delpech at: chris@ophorus.com
eyecandyAddress: Bordeaux
eyecandyPhone: 0633051009
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check mark Saint Emilion "Fête de Fleurs"
The "Fête de Fleurs" or the Flower Festival of Saint Emilion takes place each year on the third weekend of June.
It is an festive occasion for the Jurade - the wine brotherhood of Saint Emilion - to issue the "Declaration of Judgment New Wine" (to give their opinion about the wine produced from the precedent year harvest).
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City: Cahors

check mark Lot River Cruises
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: Cahors
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check mark Hot Air Balloons Festival
The Hot Air Balloons Festival is held each year at the end of June for 3 days in the town of Labastide-Marnhac
eyecandyAddress: Labastide-Marnhac
eyecandyPhone: 06 76 63 42 99
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City: Carcassonne

check mark Scented Garden
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
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check mark Cathare Sound and Light Show
The National Monuments Centre presents the evening sound and light show "The Cathar Cruisade" based on the illustrations from the 13th century Cathare forgotten the manuscript "Canso".
Dates:
5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 April 2013
3, 4, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 31 of May 2013
1, 7, 8, 14, 15 June 2013
9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 August 2013
in the majestic setting of the courtyard of the Cité de Carcassonne.
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eyecandyAddress: Carcassonne Cité
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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.
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eyecandyPhone: +33 4 68 71 61 26
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check mark "Les Grands Chemins"
The "Printemps des grands chemins en Minervois" is an annual event held in Carcassone and neighboring Minervois region at the end of May and beginning of June.
The event that last two weekends includes animations like: “The international wine film festival: Oenovideo”, vineyards walking tours, tours of the historic villages of the Pays Cathare etc.
2013 dates: May 30th to June 9
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check mark Pennautier Medieval Fest
Pennautier is a small town some 5km north of Carcassonne.
Each year in June the town hosts the Medieval Fest. Lots of animations like: archery,initiation in juggling,racing pigs,knights fighting, cooking workshops, street theater, conferences, exhibition of medieval instruments etc.
Date: June 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2013
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eyecandyAddress: Pennautier, Aude
eyecandyPhone: 06.20.73.21.26.
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City: Dax

check mark "Echassiers" Shows
The performances by the Landes traditional "echassiers" take place in Dax several days throughout the year.
These are generally entrance free shows.
For exact date, time and location please go to the "Federation des Groupes Folkloriques Landais" web site printed bellow.
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check mark Helicopter Festival
"School of Light Aviation Army" open house (L'Ecole de l'Aviation Légère de l'Armée de Terre), expositions, initiation to helicopter flight, etc. Date: 23rd and 24th of June 2013.
eyecandyAddress: Dax
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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
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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 February until December.
eyecandyAddress: Voie de la Cayenne, 17320 Marennes
eyecandyPhone: 05 46 36 78 98
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check mark Brouage Historic Festival
The "Brouage en Costume Passion" association organizes each year in June in the citadel of Brouage the Historic Festival. The main goal of this event is to ressurect the fort's historic past from Middle Ages to the First Empire.
Date: June 22nd and 23rd 2013
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eyecandyAddress: Brouage, Charente-Maritime
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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
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check mark The Organ Music Festival of Narbonne
Held each 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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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
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check mark Train Touristic de l'Albret
This touristic train runs in the heart of Gascony between the cities of Nerac and Mezin on a 13 km long railroad dating from 1890. The train crosses an amazingly rich territory marked by a diverse architectural heritage as well as aboundant vegetation and fauna.
eyecandyAddress: Promenade Paul Salette - 09110 Ax-les-Thermes
eyecandyPhone: 05 61 02 64 41
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City: Pau

check mark World Salmon Fishing Championship
Every year Navarrenx (the mondial capital of salmon fishing) hosts from the middle of March to the middle of July the World Salmon Fishing Championship.
The championship is open to everybody.
To participate a fishing permit is necessary. It costs around €100 and can be bought in a multitude of fishing gear stores.
eyecandyAddress: Navarrenx
eyecandyPhone: 05 59 38 32 85
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check mark Little Train of Artouste
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
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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
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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
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City: Saint-Jean-de-Luz

check mark The Saint Jean de Luz Festival
Each year around the 24th of June (Fete de la Saint Jean) for 5 days Saint Jean de Luz celebrates its patron Saint.
The population dresses in red and black colors of the city and floads the streets in celebration.
Concerts, activities for children, food street, pelota, toro de fuego lights,etc.
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check mark Basque Music Concerts at the Cathedral
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 aroun €10)
eyecandyAddress: 7 Rue de l'Eglise, Saint Jean de Luz
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City: Sarlat

check mark Sarlat Sightseeing Tours offered by Ophorus
Ophorus - an excursions and tours in France company - offers* sightseeing tours of Sarlat la Caneda surrounding region:
"Small group scheduled or private day tours departing from Sarlat and that head towards all the majors attractions of the area. All tours are conducted by English speaking driver guides and take place on board recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans."
For more information contact Christophe Delpech at chris@ophorus.com

*information valid for year 2013
eyecandyAddress: Sarlat la Caneda
eyecandyPhone: 0633051009
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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
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City: Toulouse

check mark Sorèze Saint Jean Medieval Festival
Each June during the closest weekend to the feast of Saint Jean celebrated on June 24, Sorèze hosts the Medieval Fest of Saint Jean. Animations include a torchlight parade, a medieval market, equestrian acrobatics and medieval combats.
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eyecandyAddress: Sorèze, Haute-Garonne Department (some 66km or 41mi south east of Toulouse)
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check mark Countryside and Mills Heritage Days
Takes place in June of each year.
Dates for 2013: Saturday June 15, Sunday June 16. For a short tour of mills around Toulouse go to our blog entry:
Old Mills of South West France
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check mark Toulouse sightseeing day tours offered by Ophorus
Ophorus - an excursions and tours in France company - offers* day tours of the city of Toulouse:
"Small group private tours departing from Toulouse that head towards all the major attractions and vineyards of the region. All tours are conducted by english speaking driver/guides and take place on board recent, comfortable and fully equipped minivans."
For more information contact Christophe Delpech at chris@ophorus.com
*information valid for year 2013
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