November 2014 Newsletter

October 30th, 2014

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening (depending on what side of the globe you are)...
and Happy Halloween and Happy All Saints Day!!!

beaujolais nouveau

"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows."

In France as in many other Catholic countries the 1st of November - a National Holiday - is the celebration of "All Saints" that honors all saints known and unknown.
The 11th of November is the commemoration of the armistice that ended the First World War and another "jour férié" or National Holiday.
What is not a "jour férié" but nonetheless a national fête is the 3rd Thursday of November - this year November 20th - when French celebrate the arrival of the new wine - Beaujolais Nouveau - the first wine of the year's vintage, drunk after only few weeks of fermentation.

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

City: Albi

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
more info

City: Auch

check mark "Flamme de l'armagnac"
From the end of October to the around the end of January is the period of distillation of the Armagnac.
During this time many Armaganc producers hold open houses, and the towns of the Armagnac producing region of Gers deparment organize events that include Armagnac tasting, medieval festivals, cooking with Armagnac démonstrations, etc.
Many events are free.
more info
check mark Madiran Wineries Open House
During two days, thirty winegrowers of Gers' "Madiran" appellation area open their doors to share their passion for wine making.
Animations include not only free wine tasting but also tours, concerts, lectures.
The event takes place in the town of Maumusson-Laguian in the South west part of Gers department.
Dates: November 15th, 16th 2014
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 "(
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

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 Vintage Cars Gathering
Takes place October 5, November 2 and December 7 2014 on the Hémicycle des Quinconces in the center of Bordeaux from 9am to 6 pm.
more info
check mark Le Bateau Mouche de Bordeaux
Commented estuary cruises along the "Port de la Lune" of Bordeaux.
Departing from the quay in front of Cailhau Gateway each Saturday and Sunday of October and November 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 2014.
eyecandyPhone: 05 56 49 36 88
more info
check mark Foie Gras and Wine Days at Loupiac
Each year, for a whole weekend the town of Loupic, some 45km south east of Bordeaux, becomes an open wine and foie gras market, where each wine producer of Loupiac region associates with a foie gras producer from Landes department. Free tasting. Gala Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch.
Dates: November 29, 30 2014
eyecandyAddress: 33410 LOUPIAC, Gironde
more info
check mark Margaux Saveurs (The Tastes of Margaux)
Each year since 2009 the famous wine region of Margaux organizes on the third weekend of November the "Margaux Saveurs" event.
Dedicated to the discovery and tasting of its wines and regional products, this event unique in France features wine workshops, oenological tour of tastings, cooking classes, games and concerts. The workshops offered by the winemakers, culinary chefs and retailers are divided into 4 categories "explorers", "classic", "Epicureans" and finally "experts".
Prestigious wine chateaux like Giscours, Cantenac-Brown, Lascombes, Prieuré-Lichine, Rauzan-Gassies, Rauzan-Ségla open their doors and offer the visitor an insight of their wine making art.
Many activities are entrance free.
eyecandyAddress: Margaux, Gironde
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
more info
check mark "Bordeaux So Good" - Gastronomy Festival of Bordeaux
"Festival de la Gastronomie et de l'art de vivire" first edition will take place in Bordeaux November 28, 29, 30 2014.
Lots of events centered on and wine!
more info

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.
eyecandyAddress: Dax
more info
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
more info

City: Foix

check mark Eycheil Chesnut Festival
The festival takes place in Eycheil some 42km (26mi) west of Foix. Animations include farmers and artisans market, folkloric music, tasting of products made from chestnuts etc.
Dates: November 8, 9 2014.
eyecandyAddress: 09200 Eycheil, Ariège
eyecandyPhone: 06 89 97 03 15
more info

City: La Rochelle

check mark "Salon du Chocolat"
This is the 5th edition of the "Salon du Chocolat" , Tea, Coffee and Flavors of the World in La Rochelle. Dates: November 28 to 30 2014
eyecandyAddress: Parc des Expositions
1 rue Henri Barbusse
17000 La Rochelle
eyecandyPhone: 05 46 30 08 50
more info

City: Toulouse

check mark Baziège Medieval Fest
Baziège is a little town situated some 20km - 12mi - south east of Toulouse.
Each year since 1994 it celebrates the "Battle of Baziège" that took place in 1219 and was one of the many clashes that formed the Albigensian Crusade - the military campaign against the Cathars of the South west France.
The Baziège Medieval Fest takes place each year for 3 days during the second week of November.
eyecandyAddress: La Coopé, Baziège, Haute-Garonne
more info
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