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February is almost gone and if we were to hold the proverb "Pluie de février, emplit les greniers" ("If in February there be no rain, 'tis neither good for hay nor grain") to be true then France will have good crops this year!
As far as we are concerned the two events that marked, like each year, the month of February were: the arrival of the new Michelin Guide, its 115th edition, the world renowned gastronomists' "bible" and the Carnival of Limoux, in the southwest of France, generally held as the longest carnival on the planet - it starts in January and ends in April.
And for those of you who plan to travel to the southwest of France this spring: the "Club hôtelier du Pays de Sarlat" in Dordogne, one of the nicest regions of France, celebrates its 20th anniversary by giving away 100 free rooms in its 44 hotels - ranging from 2 to 5 stars - for the night of April 17th. This is a first in France and the offer will go on first come, first served basis. Reservations starting on March 9th at: + 33 (0)5 53 30 20 87.
... and some of March month's events (the list does not include the year round activities)
Saint Mont Wineries Open House
Plaimont is a village situated some 70km (43 mi) west of Auch, in the region that produces the "Saint Mont" wines.
During the "Saint Mont Wineries Open House" event the 200 wine makers of the region open their doors to celebrate the "Saint Mont" AOC wine.
Dates: March 27,28,29 2015
Address: Plaimont, Gers
Canal du Midi Cruise
The "Bateau du Soleil" offers from March to November cruises on the Canal du Midi and Thau Lake.
Address: 6, rue Chassefières - 34300 AGDE
Phone: 33(0)4 67 94 08 79
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.
Address: Zone Artisanale ORDOKIA 64780 OSSES
Phone: 05 59 37 79 38
"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.
Address: RN 89 – Sortie 5 – 33750 BEYCHAC ET CAILLAU
Phone: 05 57 97 19 38
"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: March 28th, 29th 2015.
Address: Maison du Tourisme et du Vin, La Verrerie, 33250 Pauillac
Phone: +33 (0)5 56 59 03 08
This year's carnaval theme is "Noise and Colors" - "Bruit et Couleurs" .
The carnival will take place on Saturday April 5th 2015 starting from 1pm.
Address: Les Tourelles, Pauillac region
Phone: 05 56 59 07 56
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.
For carnival images click here
Address: place de la République, Limoux, Aude
Toques et clochers
This year "Toques et clochers*" event takes place in Limoux some 25km (15 mi) southwest of Carcassonne.
The event includes a popular wine festival - dégustations, music on the streets of Limoux - as well as a wine auction on behalf of the 42 villages that bear the Limoux appellation - who use the fonds for the restauration of their historic monuments.
This is a major event in the world of wine. The second largest wine auction in France after the Hospices de Beaune, and a great opportunity that brings together for a weekend winemakers, wine professionals, restaurateurs and customers in an amazing festive atmosphere. "Toques et Clochers" is organized by Sieur d'Arques since 1990.
Date: Weekend of 20th of March 2015
Clocher is in Limoux region the equivalent of a wine château in Bordeaux.
Address: Limoux, Aude
Classical Music Festival
Takes place each year at the end of March and begining of April.
The concerts take place in different churches in Lourdes.
Dates: March 21, 22, 29 and April 3 and 5 2015
"Thursdays at the Museum" - Lunch Time Visit of Périgueux Museum
Each Thursday the "Art and Archeology Museum" of Périgueux can be visited for free during a "lunch break" from 12pm to 2pm.
Address: 22 cours Tourny, 24000 Périgueux
Phone: 05 53 09 37 74
Perpignan Sacred Music Festival
The festival includes many entrance free concerts.
Dates: Mars 25th to April 4th 2015
Address: Perpignan, Pyrénées-Orientales
Each year Sarlat celebrates the Goose - its emblematic bird with the GOOSE FEST: "Fest'oie".
Dates: March 7th and 8th 2015
Address: Place de la Liberté, 24200, Sarlat-La-Caneda
Phone: 33 5 53 31 45 45
Exhibitions, recipe demonstrations, workshops as well as the famous chocolate fashion show.
The visitors, professionals as well as nonprofessionals can see demonstrations of chocolate preparations by master chocolate makers and discover original products.
Dates: March 13th to 15th 2015
Address: PARC DES EXPOSITIONS
Rond Point Michel Benech - 31400 TOULOUSE
Phone: 05 62 25 45 45
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