September 2014 Newsletter

September 1st, 2014

Dear Friends,

french cultural season

The summer holiday is now over but the fun is just beginning with the September opening of the cultural season 2014-2015...

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 ( - a 35000 square meters floral park.
eyecandyAddress: Place de la République, 81500 Saint-Lieux-Les-Lavaur
more info
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
more info
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
check mark Grand Prix of Albi
Grand Prix of Albi is an automobile race held each year in Albi since 1942.
Dates: September 5, 6, 7 2014
eyecandyAddress: Albi,Tarn
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 Beer Festival of Sète
Organized for the 28th celebration of the brotherhood between Sète and Neuburg- Germany, this "Oktoberfest" will once again give the participants the opportunity raise their mug and toast in a lighthearted ambiance.
Date: September 5, 6 2014
eyecandyAddress: Avenue Victor Hugo - Place Stalingrad - 34200 Sète
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
more info

City: Biarritz

check mark Dog Surfing Competition
The first dog surfig competition in Europe.
Date: September 7, 2014
eyecandyAddress: Biarritz
more info
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

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 Pipe Organ Concerts at Saint André Cathedral
The concerts are held each Tuesday at 6:00 pm starting from June 24th until September 9th and on Sunday September 21st (at 5pm) 2014.
For program check out their website.
eyecandyAddress: Saint André Cathedral, Bordeaux
more info
check mark Medieval Festival of Bourg-sur-Gironde
Bourg-sur-Gironde is a town located some 40km north of Bordeaux.
The Medieval Festival is held every first weekend of September.
Many activities are proposed in Esconge park at the foot of the ramparts: dancers, musicians, stunt, fire eaters, knights, soldiers, executioner, storytellers, falconry, tournaments , workshops for children and adults, craft demonstrations, etc.
eyecandyPhone: 05 57 68 31 76
more info
check mark 100% Free Wine Tasting Classes at "Planete Bordeaux"
5 Saturdays in July, August and September to learn the art of wine tasting.
Dates: July 26, August 9, 23, September 13, 20 2014.
Registration mandatory.
Classes in French and English.
eyecandyAddress: Planet Bordeaux
more info
check mark Langoiran Medieval Day
Langoiran is situated 23km (14 mi) South east of Bordeaux.
Each year in September the town celebrates the war victories of Amanieu d'Albret its medieval landlord.
Dates: September 27, 28 2014
eyecandyAddress: Langoiran, Gironde
more info
check mark Fête du mascaret
Each year in September the town of Vayres organizes the "Fête du mascaret". Mascaret is the French name of a tidal wave that goes up the Gironde estuary and the Dordonge and Garonne Rivers (this phenomenon exists only in few other parts of the world including: the Amanzon in Brazil and Severn River in England).
Animations include surfing demonstrations, music, water sports animations etc.
Vayres is situated 25km (16mi) east of Bordeaux city center.
eyecandyAddress: Vayres
more info
check mark Medoc Marathon
"World Longest Marathon "(!) goes through the vineyards of the famous appellations of Pauillac, St-Julien, St Estephe and Haut-Médoc. It passes by 52 of the most famous wine chateaux in the region and there are 23 music bands that accompany the runners on their course.
Many of the participants run in fancy costumes and the volunteers at the first aid station hold out wine. On the course there is also a station for oyster tasting as well as beefsteaks tasting. Date: September 9, 2014
eyecandyAddress: Pauillac, Gironde
eyecandyPhone: 33 (0)5 56 59 17 20
more info
check mark Finger Food Lunch at Patiras
Patiras is an 4.5km long 1km wide island in the Gironde Estuary in front of the town of Pauillac. Every Saturday at 12:00pm from May 3rd to October 25th 2014 the Office de Tourisme of Pauillac organises visits of the island with the taxi-boat "The Silnet".
Once arrived a finger food lunch is served in the dégustaton room or tent depending on the season. A welcome drink and coffee are included and one can buy wine on-site. One can also discover the lighthouse and beautiful panorama.

Lighthouse of Patiras, situated on the north-east tip, has guided ships for over 100 years. Today, acquired and restored by the Conservatoire du Littoral, it became a belvedere spot and offers a magnificent panorama of the Gironde estuary. 4 days per year tours are free, only the boat to access has to be paid. These visits are offered Thursday, May 1, Monday, July 14, Friday, August 15 and Sunday, September 14, 2014.
eyecandyAddress: 33250 PAUILLAC, Gironde
eyecandyPhone: +33 5 56 59 03 08
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 Saint Emilion "Ban des Vendanges"
Each year the third weekend of September Saint Emilion witnesses the "Ban of Vendanges" an event that spreads over 2 days and is lead by the "Jurade" - the town's wine council - which declares the grape harvesting season open.
eyecandyAddress: Saint Emilion
more info

City: Cahors

check mark Hot Air Balloons Meeting
The European Hot Air Balloons Meeting at Rocamadour is held the last weekend of September each year.
eyecandyPhone: 06 80 63 32 30
more info
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 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
more info
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.
eyecandyPhone: +33 4 68 71 61 26
more info

City: Dax

check mark Basque Songs Concerts
By the men choir "Lapurtarrak Ustaritz".
May 22nd , September 3rd, 2014
eyecandyAddress: Cathédrale, Place Roger Ducos, 40100 Dax
more info
check mark Crafts and Gastronomy Days
Each year in May the "Crafts and Gastronomy Days" take place in the Théodore Denis park of Dax. It is a meeting of local artisans proposing not only their products but also demonstrations and workshops. Lot of animations, traditional songs and dances etc.
Dates for 2014: 8th, 9th and 10th of May (between 10am and 7pm) and 19th, 20th, 21st of September 2014
eyecandyAddress: Théodore Denis Park, Dax
more info
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 Festival Entre-Voix
Entre-Voix festival is a folkloric choral music festival. It is held each year at the end of September of beginning of October in Dax.
The concerts take place usualy inside the Notre-Dame Cathedral of Dax.
eyecandyPhone: + 33 (0)5 58 56 04 3
more info
check mark Medieval Fest at Mimizan
Dates: September 20, 21 2014
eyecandyAddress: 40200 MIMIZAN Plage
eyecandyPhone: 05 58 09 11 20
more info
check mark Quicksilver Pro France
World men's professional surfing championship.
Held between: September 25th and October 6th 2014 in Hossegor-Seignosse and Capbreton on the Atlantic Coast.
eyecandyAddress: Hossegor-Seignosse and Capbreton
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: 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
more info

City: Lourdes

check mark The "Dog of Pyrénées" Festival of Argelès-Gazost
The festival dedicated to the 4 local dog breeds (patou, labrit, Gos d'Atura Catala and matin) takes place each year since 2001. Animations include dog agility demonstrations, dog parades, races etc.
Dates: September 20, 21 2014.
Argelès-Gazost is located some 13km south of Lourdes.
eyecandyAddress: Argelès-Gazost, Hautes-Pyrénées
eyecandyPhone: 05 62 97 00 25
more info
check mark Mutton Festival of Luz-Saint-Sauveur
The festival dedicated to the local sheep breed celebrates each year the return of the flocks in the valley after spending the whole summer in the high altitude pastures. Animations include traditional (and not so traditional) music, demonstrations of sheep and lambs buying and selling negotiations, lamb roast tastings etc.
Dates: August 5th 2014
Luz-Saint-Sauveur is located some 30km (18.6mi) south of Lourdes.
eyecandyAddress: Luz-Saint-Sauveur, Hautes-Pyrénées
eyecandyPhone: 05 62 92 30 30
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
more info

City: Pau

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
more info
check mark Choral Music Feast - Festin Choral
The feast takes place each year since 2007 in the town of Billère, near Pau.
Dates: September 26, 27, 28 2014
eyecandyAddress: Billère, Pyrénées-Atlantiques
eyecandyPhone: 06 18 99 00 96
more info
check mark September in Béarn
This festival that starts at the end of August and ends in the middle of October includes "The Lamb Festival" of Escot in late August, "The Garbure World Championship" in Oloron-Sainte-Marie on the first weekend of September, "The Salt Festival" of Salies-de-Béarn, "The Festival of Béarn Chants" in Siros at the end of September and "The Festival of Corn" in Laàs in the middle of October.
For dates and more information please check the festival's web site.
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
check mark La Truffière des Mérigots
Visit a truffle producing farm.
The tour begins with a video projection and then continues with a walk through the truffle before ending with a tasting of truffle butter toast with a drink.
Visits ONLY by appointment.
Open in June and September: Wednesdays and Saturdays and in July and August Tuesdays and Fridays.
eyecandyAddress: Les Mérigots, 24210 Gabillou
eyecandyPhone: 06 64 17 71 11
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

City: Saint-Jean-de-Luz

check mark Open Classical Music Courses
Every year at the begining of September The Ravel Music Academy of Saint Jean de Luz hosts open classical music courses given by internationally renowned music teachers.
The entrance is not free but only around €3 from 2 hours of music!
eyecandyAddress: auditorium Maurice Ravel, place Maurice Ravel, 64500 SAINT-JEAN-DE-LUZ
eyecandyPhone: 05 59 26 03 16
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 Black Perigord Festival
The Black Perigord Festival ("Le Festival du Périgord Noir") is a classical music festival that takes place each year in different villages and towns of Perigord Noir.
Many concerts take place in the month of July, August and September and quite a few are entrance free.
For more information check the festival's program.
eyecandyPhone: 05 53 51 95 17
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

City: Toulouse

check mark Piano aux Jacobins
Piano aux Jacobins is a classical music festival held each year in September at the Convent of Jacobins in Toulouse. Needless to say that the music and the decorum of the old convent - a UNESCO World Heritage monument - or the other places where the concerts are held create a magical ambiance.
For artists, schedule and prices check the web site.
more info
check mark Toulouse à table
"Toulouse à table" 2014 is the first edition of the gastronomic festival of Toulouse.
Animations include: gourmet rally allowing the participants to discover the restaurants on the rally's path, giant picnic on the Garonne's banks, food tasting etc.
Date: September 15th to 21st 2014
eyecandyAddress: Toulouse
more info
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