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Architecture visit: Citée Frugès – Pessac : Wednesday 4th March at 12:30

Le Corbusier, the international giant of modern architecture and town planning, came to fame following his first major project in 1926  – in Bordeaux !  This was commissioned by a sugar industrialist, Henry Frugès, who was interested in contemporary and innovative architecture and wanted his workers to live in “a wide meadow surrounded by pine trees, creating a garden town “.

We shall be visiting this pioneering development of 50 dwellings, with an English speaking guide, and going round one of them at 3 rue des Arcades.  This is listed as a historical building, and is owned by the Pessac Mairie.

For those who have not been before, the visit is highly recommended – just like entering a different world! The picture on the left shows just one of the 50 houses.

Before this we shall meet for lunch at 12.30 at ‘Les  Associés’ Brasserie, 184 avenue Pasteur, 33600 Pessac. We have sampled their excellent 4 choice, 3 course, Menu du jour and have negotiated a Kir, Wine and Coffee included for 18€. There should be no problem street parking nearby. An option is to take the no.4 bus to le Monteil, there is no tram stop nearby. Following lunch we can take a ten minute walk, or a quicker drive to 4, rue le Corbusier where we shall assemble for our tour at 3pm.

If you would like to join us for lunch and/or the visit, please book before February 28th direct with Phil.

 

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St. Patrick’s Night: Martignas : Saturday 14th March at 7:30pm

Following on from January’s Burns’ Night, Eileen and John have kindly offered to host our other very popular annual Celtic celebration in their house in Martignas sur Jalle.

This will commence at 7.30. Wear something green if you wish and bring a plate of finger food to share – and a well tuned singing voice!  An aperitif, wine and water will be provided but a charge of 5€ per head will be needed to cover costs.

Numbers are limited to 32, – earliest booking is recommended!  If you can contribute ’Irish’ ideas or even perform anything Irish please contact John.

Please also book asap, direct with John

Smurfit Kappa Paper Factory : Biganos : Tuesday 24th March

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This Irish owned Factory, quite a prominent landmark for those travelling between Bordeaux and Arcachon, converts pine trees (there are a lot in the area) into cellulose and onwards into recyclable kraft paper. This is used for brochures and packaging. The Factory is considered ‘state of the art’ and also is one of the largest in Europe, and produces nearly 1500 tons a day. They take PR very seriously and provide conducted tours around the complex (our tour will be in fluent English).

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Golf at Margaux : Wednesday 8th April

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We are commencing our golfing season at this well known riverside course. I have booked for a minimum of 10 players. Starting at 9am and another 9 holes, starting 2.30 after lunch. This will be at the Savoie Restaurant at the top of the hill about 1 km away (parking opposite) – you will pass it as you turn into the Margaux golf course road.  We have visited this excellent restaurant for several years

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Jazz Evening : Bistrot Boheme : Friday 10th April

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We have booked a table at the Bistrot Boheme for a jazz evening on Friday 10th April from 8pm.  The Group is a quintet with bass, drums, piano, sax and singer. Menu prices, reasonable for meal and jazz, are available on website www.bistrotboheme.com

You are also welcome to join in any time during the evening just for at chat and glass of wine with other members.

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Bowling at Gujan Mestras : Saturday 18th April

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We are arranging a bowling outing at Bowlingstar, 8 avenue des Loisirs, Gujan-Mestras.

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St George’s Day Celebration : Biscarrosse : Thursday 23rd April

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Come and join us for a St George’s day celebration, chez Norma and Gary. Lunch will be that most traditional of English foods – Curry!!

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 Activities week in the Gers : 30th May until 6th June.

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We will be staying at the same place as last year which is Les Tournesols, 6 minutes away from the lovely market town of Eauze.  The accommodation is in small independent chalets with double bedroom, simple kitchen and shower room.  On site there is a heated swimming pool.  Each day we go on walks or visit the interesting villages and sites around. There is also a golf course minutes away.

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