May 2015 Newsletter

April 28th, 2015

Bonjour chers amis,

Here we land again in your Inbox….

"Rosées du mois de mai / rendent le mois d'août gai" or "Dew drops in May make the August crops abundant".

But how about this past April? As always full of events: the celebration of Easter, the opening of the "vide-greniers season", the garden shows all over France and this year's notable event of "La Hermione" departure the America.

By now you might wonder what the "vide-greniers" and "L'Hermione" are…

French yard sale"Vide-grenier" expression is literally translated as "empty attic". It is a yard sale meets antiques market meets flea market. It is a French institution, yes, indeed very popular and organized during spring, summer and autumn months all over France.
Next time on visiting France it is a good idea to go to a vide-grenier; if you do not find the bargain you are looking for you will still have the opportunity to see many remainders of the life as it was in the more or less olden times in France.
For "vide-grenier" schedules in places near you, you can go to the website

l'hermione"L'Hermione" was the ship that the young general La Fayette boarded on the 21st of March 1780. His mission was to join the American insurgents who were fighting for their country's independence. The Marquess de La Fayette arrived in Boston after 38 days at sea and joined the combat alongside General Washington.
It took the "Hermione-La Fayette" association 17 years to build an exact replica of the famous frigate in the shipyard of Rochefort, on the estuary of the Charente River.
On the 19th of April L'Hermione started the crossing of the Atlantic just like the other L'Hermione has done 235 years ago. She will reach the American East Coast on the 5th of June at Yorktown but her travel apotheosis is expected on July 4th in the New York Bay where hundreds of boats will escort the frigate for the Independence Day Parade.

On another note for those of you who plan to visit the south west of France you might want to check our little south west dictionary of regional expression. It will help you understand the locals better and (why not!) impress them with your knowledge!

And last but not least, recently Bordeaux won the title of "European Top Destination 2015" outplaying cities like London, Amsterdam and Brussels!

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

City: Agen

check mark Bruch Medieval Festival

City: Albi

check mark Tarn Tourist Train
check mark Cruises on the Tarn River
check mark Fashion Museum

City: Beziers

check mark Saint Adrien Garden
check mark Bèziers Medieval Festival
check mark Canal du Midi Cruise
check mark Sète Canal Cruises

City: Biarritz

check mark Chocolate Festival
check mark Espadrille Museum

City: Bordeaux

check mark The Grand Wineries Tour Road Train of Saint Emilion
check mark "Grands Crus" Weekend
check mark Jumping des Sables
check mark Wine Tasting Classes at "Maison du Vin" of Cadillac
check mark Côte de Bourg Appellation Open House
check mark Finger Food Lunch at Patiras
check mark Pauillac Gironde Estuary Cruises
check mark "Planet Cooking" and "Oenology Club" at Planet Bordeaux
check mark Bordeaux River Festival

City: Cahors

check mark "Saint Cirque Lapopie" Lot river cruise

City: Carcassonne

check mark Scented Garden
check mark Canal du Midi Short Cruises
check mark Medieval Festival of Issel

City: Dax

check mark Sarrat Park

City: Foix

check mark Rose' Festival at Camon
check mark Sacred Art Festival

City: La Rochelle

check mark Oyster City
check mark La Rochelle Traditional Jazz Festival
check mark "Red Bull" Cliff Diving
check mark 22th National Meeting of 2CV Clubs of France
check mark "CAVALCADE" Festival
check mark Sailors Songs Concerts
check mark Visit the Ile de Ré sea urchin hatchery

City: Lourdes

check mark Major Pilgrimages

City: Narbonne

check mark Canal Cruise
check mark Fontfroide Abbey Flower Festival

City: Nerac

check mark Baise River Cruise

City: Pau

check mark Grand Prix de Pau
check mark Little Train of Artouste

City: Perigueux

check mark Brantome - Boat Circuit
check mark "Thursdays at the Museum" - Lunch Time Visit of Périgueux Museum

City: Perpignan

check mark Cathar Country Train Jouneys
check mark Cherries Festival of Céret
check mark Sol y Fiesta

City: Sarlat

check mark Boat Trip on Dordogne
check mark Dordogne Cruise from La Roque-Gageac
check mark Guided tours of the medieval town of Sarlat
check mark "World Day of Pipe Organ" Celebration
check mark Scenic Train of Haut-Quercy
check mark "La Belle Sarladaise" - Theatrical Costume Visit of Sarlat
check mark The Dordogne River by Barge

City: Toulouse

check mark Airexpo, the largest airshow the south west of France
check mark "Pré de la Fadaise" Festival - The Oldest Festival of France
check mark Revel's Festival of the Horse
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