September 2015 Newsletter

August 30th, 2015

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"La rantrée, la rantrée", wherever you go these days you hear only "la rantrée" which means of course the start of the new school year on September 1st.
But before "la rentrée" there was/is August - that feels here like the second month, after July, of a general, national summer holiday, with many shops closed, busses and trains on summer timetable, bumper to bumper highways and, I even heard, a shortage of baguettes in Paris due to bakers taking longer holidays!

Moncrabeau Liar Academy
In the south west August started as every year with the "Liars Festival" of Moncrabeau - held always on the first Sunday of the month.
The newly crowned "Liar King" for the year is a Nérac inhabitant, Pierre Gallio, who won the traditional lies competition.
After a 15th of August, the feast of the Assumption of Sainte Mary and a holiday (only this year it was a "boss holiday" meaning it fell on a weekend day!), marked with the usual nighttime street concerts, the events of August went, again this year not an exception, into a crescendo in number and frequency before the - approximate! - curtain fall of "la rentrée".
As usual at the end of August, there were, among other events:
Cassoulet Brotherhood
- the "Cassoulet Festival" of Castelnaudary - cassoulet being the traditional beans and meat dish of south west France - typically opened by the "Cassoulet Brotherhood":
" OYEZ, OYEZ ! We, Grand Officer, declare open the 16th Chapter our Great Brotherhood of Cassoulet Castelnaudary, under the chairmanship of our Grand Master, and in the presence of friends brotherhoods we have the pleasure of welcoming ..."
Agen Grand Pruneau Show
- the "Grand Pruneau Show" of Agen - Lot-et-Garonne department - a three days festival , which has for its pretext the ripening of the prune, the region's most famous fruit.
- and all the events that accompany the starting of the "vendanges", the grape picking season, that is in itself a national event, this year well advanced due to the hot and dry summer!

Hermione
An interesting happening was also the return of L'Hermione - the replica of the historic 18th century ship - from her American 4 month voyage and her visit of Breast at Bordeaux ports before the winter retreat to the port of Rochefort.


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

City: Albi

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

City: Auch

check mark Cazaubon Medieval
check mark Lectoure Fireworks Festival

City: Beziers

check mark Saint Adrien Garden
check mark Beer Festival of Sète
check mark Canal du Midi Cruise - Agde
check mark Sète Canal Cruises

City: Biarritz

check mark Espadrille Museum

City: Bordeaux

check mark The Grand Wineries Tour Road Train of Saint Emilion
check mark Saint Emilion "Ban des Vendanges"
check mark Medieval Festival of Bourg-sur-Gironde
check mark In Cadillac at Cadillac
check mark "Cathedra" Association Pipe Organ Concerts
check mark Discovery of Great Bordeaux Wineries
check mark Fête du mascaret
check mark Medoc Marathon
check mark Finger Food Lunch at Patiras
check mark Pauillac Gironde Estuary Cruises
check mark "Your Guest Is Our Guest"

City: Cahors

check mark Hot Air Balloons Meeting
check mark "Saint Cirque Lapopie" Lot river cruise

City: Carcassonne

check mark Scented Garden
check mark Canal du Midi Short Cruises

City: Dax

check mark Basque Music Concerts
check mark "Echassiers" Shows
check mark Festival Entre-Voix
check mark Sarrat Park
check mark Landes Folklore Shows

City: Foix

check mark "Festival des Saveurs" - Ax-Les-Thermes

City: La Rochelle

check mark Oyster City
check mark Visit the Ile de Ré sea urchin hatchery
check mark "Your Guest Is Our Guest"

City: Lourdes

check mark The "Dog of Pyrénées" Festival of Argelès-Gazost
check mark Mutton Festival of Luz-Saint-Sauveur

City: Narbonne

check mark Canal Cruise

City: Nerac

check mark Baise River Cruise

City: Pau

check mark Little Train of Artouste
check mark Choral Music Feast - "Festin Choral"
check mark Salt Festival of Salies-de-Bearn
check mark September in Béarn

City: Perigueux

check mark Brantome - Boat Circuit
check mark La Truffière des Mérigots

City: Perpignan

check mark Cathar Country Train Jouneys

City: Saint-Jean-de-Luz

check mark Open Classical Music Courses

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 Gastronomy Days in Sarlat
check mark Scenic Train of Haut-Quercy
check mark "La Belle Sarladaise" - Theatrical Costume Visit of Sarlat
check mark Black Perigord Festival
check mark The Dordogne River by Barge

City: Toulouse

check mark Piano aux Jacobins
check mark Toulouse à table
check mark Saint-Felix-Lauragais Pottery Market
check mark "Your Guest Is Our Guest"
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