Golf: Ardilouse Golf Course at Lacanau - Monday 18th February


Golf: Lacanau – Monday 18th February

URGENT ! URGENT !  Calling all golfers.

We aim to start our 2019 BBC golf season on Monday 18th February at the delightful Ardilouse course in Lacanau,

We need to have a minimum of 8 players to obtain a reduced fee of 36 euros (18 holes) and 24 euros (9 holes).

Tee off times at:

9.30 for 9 holes starting from the 10th hole

1.15pm for 18 holes starting from 1st hole.

This arrangement will allow us to have a group lunch about 12 noon,

Remember that non-players or friends of members are invited to walk the course or hire a « buggie »

Please note the terrain is basically flat and offers splendid views over the surrounding forest.


Booking

Please confirm your participation ASAP by contacting Patrick Sanderson by email or phone. Patrick’s contact details are in the Members area here (Please use your BBC password if a password is requested)


22019 Piet de Bie Memorial Walk: Vendays - Saturday, 9 February


2019 Piet de Bie Memorial Walk: Vendays — Saturday, 9th February

Ready for another brisk, bracing winter walk?

This year we will be meeting at the park bench in Vendays at around 10h45. Note, this is a change from what was originally announced.

There is off-road parking (Google Earth GPS coordinates : 45°21’24.00”N  1°05’23.00″ W) at the bench.  Please click here for a map.


Format for the day

The day will kick off with a “tailgate party” to keep first arrivals cheery and warm while waiting for everyone to gather, so come prepared with a thermos flask of hot coffee (or, whatever…). We will then offer a toast to Piet before we strike out on our walk (approximately 4-5 km)

Once back at our cars, we will motor to lunch at the “Marin” restaurant in Montalivet (18, avenue de l’Océan, 33930 Vendays-Montalivet, Telephone : 05 56 41 46 33).

Those going straight to the restaurant can plan to meet us at 13h00. If it is pelting down rain, we’ll skip the walking part and go straight to the restaurant after our bench-side gathering and toast.


Menu Options

Menu complet à 20€ avec un verre de vin et un café

(Complete menu at 20€ includes : entrée+plat+dessert, 1 glass of wine and coffee)

Entrée

“Velouté de potimarron et crème de châtaignes”

(Creamy Pumpkin Soup with chestnut cream)

Plats

“Filet de poisson du marché”

(Fish of the day)

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“Rôti de canard farci”

(Stuffed Roast Duck)

Dessert

“Tarte aux pommes”

(Apple Tart)

* * *

Other menu formulae are :

Entrée + Plat

or

Plat + Dessert

* * *

Or you may order from their regular menu on arrival


Booking

 When booking, please specify which main course (fish or duck) you would like if you are choosing one of the formulae (entrée+plat+dessert, entrée+plat, or plat+dessert),

or

If you prefer please specify in advance that you would like to order from the regular menu at the restaurant.

Please book direct, including your menu preferences, with Elizabeth whose contact details are here (Please use your BBC password if prompted for a password)


Driving directions to the walk

At the round-about in front of the church St. Seurin in Vendays,  take the first exit, the Route de Montalivet (D102), as if going to Piet’s house.

At the traffic light, continue on for 1.36 km and just after the “Hôtel Les Acacias” turn left onto Route de Pey Mayan.

Follow this for 800 m then turn right at the intersection with Route de Pointon.

Continue on the Route de Pointon for 400 m to the park bench where we will be leaving our cars (it’s at the junction with Route de Mérin).

If you run into any difficulties, you can try calling Elizabeth on 06 99 80 69 30 and if that fails, try Chris (06 98 49 24 14) or Deirdre (06 35 91 20 53). See you there!


Châteaux and Vineyards Walk-and-lunch at Mérignac

Tuesday, January 15th 2019 BBC Châteaux and Vineyards Walk-and-lunch at Mérignac with Alain


Mérignac hosts a number of pleasant 18th and 19th century houses, some of which were or still are surrounded by vineyards producing fine Pessac-Léognan.  The day is organised in a flexible way, you are free to come to one, two or all activities.


Meeting Point

Meeting point and time: between 10 and 10.30 at the “Mérignac-centre” tram stop on the A tram line. There is a brasserie and café across rhe road.


Morning Walk

The morning walk will take us to the Mairie de Mérignac and its grounds, on to Parc Féau. If there is time, we’ll amble on to the Meltin’potes Caffé by the “Peychotte” A tram stop. If not we’ll hop onto tram A for 3 stops.


Lunch

Meltin’potes Caffé, 8 Allée des Conviviales, 33700 MERIGNAC

Aperitif, 3-course, wine and coffee 26€. This restaurant serves fresh cuisine du marché.

  • Punch maison.
  • Entrée:
    • Oeuf parfait, émulsion de parmesan et pétales de jambon fume
      OU Velouté de butternut et copeaux de foie gras
  • Plat:
    • Magret de canard cuisson basse température, pommes grenaille et jus au thym
    • OU Pavé de saumon, purée de petits pois et frites de patates douces, crème de basilic
  •  Dessert:
    • Entremet au chocolat lacté et croustillant de noix de pécan
    • OU Tartelette au citron meringuée
  • Vin:  Bordeaux rouge ou rosé
  • Café.

Afternoon Walk

The afternoon walk will take us to Châteaux Pique-Caillou, Chêne Vert, Fantaisie, Tour de Veyrines, chartreuse de Marbotin, back to a stop on the A tram line.


Booking – Online

We use the Helloasso online payments system.

The Helloasso system adds a voluntary ‘tip’ called a ‘Pourboire’, at the page which summarises your payment.  If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier‘ and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

Please have your bank card, menu selections and mobile phone available. The number of the phone must be the one registered against your bank account and will be used by your bank to verify your payment.

To pay online, please click here


Booking – Via post

Alternatively post details of your menu selections with a cheque payable to BBC for 26€ per person to Alain whose contact details are here


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2019 New Year’s Walk or Cycle Ride with Lunch

New Year’s Walk or Cycle Ride and Lunch: Mios – Thursday 3rd January

Time for a little exercise following the holiday?  A walk or cycle ride followed by lunch has been organised in the beautiful woods around and by the river Eyre in Mios.   The foot paths are
well defined and level, it is not too strenuous and will take approx. 1hour 40 mins.

For those feeling more energetic, or keen to make up for the Christmas excesses, there will be a cycle ride


Meeting

Following a 10am meet at the hotel/restaurant LO’Berge, 27 Avenue du Val de l’Eyre, 33380 MIOS, ( Map )

10.30 coffee and 1pm lunch have been booked

Mios lies about 30 minutes SW of Bordeaux (Rocade), take A63 then A660 towards Arcachon and leave at first exit, signed to Mios. The hotel is in the town on D216, on left hand side just before the bridge over the river.  From the south (Sanguinet) it is on the right just after the bridge.


Cyclists

The cyclists will  join Phil cycling along the ‘green’ Mios to Bazas cycle track AF3V, (an old railway track – now tarmac!).

We would aim to reach Belin Beliet , 16km towards Bazas, and then 16km back, in time to meet the walkers for lunch. We might turn back earlier, depending on our cycling speed.  This route is close to the canoeing route the BBC have taken (Salles to Biganos) in warmer times !


Walkers

Norma B will lead the walkers and meet up with the cyclists for lunch


Lunch

13:00 at LO’Berge, 27 Avenue du Val de l’Eyre, 33380 MIOS ( Map )

Mios lies about 30 minutes SW of Bordeaux (Rocade), take A63 then A660 towards Arcachon and leave at first exit, signed to Mios. The hotel is in the town on D216, on left hand side just before the bridge over the river.  From the south (Sanguinet) it is on the right just after the bridge.


Afternoon

After lunch we could optionally make a shorter cycle excursion along the walkers’ morning route, perhaps to the Bassin- or perhaps relax and recover from the morning’s excursion!


Booking

Book direct with the organiser whose contact details are here.


BORDEAUX FOUNTAINS with Alain MOUNOLOU - Tuesday, 11th September


A tour of various fountains, some well-known, others off the beaten tracks and a history of the
supply of water to the Bordelais over the centuries, une histoire qui n’a pas toujours coulé de source.

CONTACT FOR THE DAY: Alain MOUNOLOU, 06.44.80.43.22

Meeting place and time: between 10.30 and 11 a.m. at Café Brasserie Le Terminus
opposite Gare St Jean, access via Tram C, buses 1, 9, 10, 11… arrêt Gare St Jean.

We start at 11:00 at fontaine des Beaux-Arts, de la Grave, de la Bourse, du Parlement, St Projet.

Lunch at Le Chaudron, 41-43 rue St Rémi close to Place de la Bourse.
See menu choices below, 21€ with wine and coffee.

In the afternoon: Fontaine Amédée Larrieu, Font d’Audeige (the hidden one and the visible one),fontaines du Monument aux Girondins place des Quinconces,
close to trams B and C and buses 2, 3, 6, 26, 29, 47

The BBC will supply you with a day-pass (5€) as we will be hopping on and off trams and buses. I’ll forward them to you so you can use them on your journeys in and out that day.

Menu Choices.

Entrées : 1) Rillettes de saumon or 2) Salade de gésiers or 3) Mesclun de Serrano.
Plat : 1) Cuisse de poulet sauce diable or 2) Merlu or 3) Bavette sauce poivre.
Dessert : 1) Tarte aux pommes or 2) Ile flottante or 3) Brownie au chocolat. 1⁄4 de vin, café


Booking and Payment

Please book before Monday 3rd September

Payment for 27€ (day pass + postage stamp + 21€ for lunch) per person

Book Online

We use the free Helloasso booking system and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the page which summarises your payment.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, please click ‘Modifier and then click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

  • Please have your bank or credit card available
  • Book and pay online via the Helloasso system here

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community

Book online by clicking here

Online booking will automatically close on Monday 3rd September

Or by post with a cheque payable to BBC together with your menu options and postal address sent to Alain Mounolou whose contact details are here


 


 

Family Picnic and Fun: Hourtin Port - Sunday 29th July


beach-picnicCome and enjoy a lovely afternoon next to the lake in Hourtin Port.

Bring your picnic and round up your friends and family.

There’s fun stuff for kids to do, a great wooden fort and playground, perfect for hide and seek, and we can organise cricket, badminton and other games or, for the less energetic, just relax in the sunshine.

Don’t forget to bring your own picnic and deck chairs!

Last year we all had a great time, so if you’re looking for something fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, and you’ve got family visiting for the holidays, come along and enjoy yourselves!


Meeting time and Place

The plan is to meet around 14h on the île aux enfants at Hourtin Port, parking is easy and there are some nice places for a gentle stroll if the fancy takes you.


Booking

Please reserve online below or direct with Sarah P.

We use the free Helloasso event booking system and and they add a suggested ‘tip’ called a Pouboire, at the final stage of your booking.

If you do not wish to leave a tip, click ‘Modifier and click the feint box to the left of ‘Je ne souhaite pas laisser de pourboire‘. There is no obligation for you to add a tip.

  • Book online via the Helloasso system here

Please note that the person making the booking must be recorded as a 2018 member of the Association Bordeaux British Community.


Isle of Flowers and Churchill’s retreat: Mimizan - Tuesday 22nd May

What a surprise, an island in the beautiful Lac d’Aureilhan near Mimizan with an astonishing display of nearly 400 varieties of trees, bushes and especially varieties of flowers, mainly labelled and all lovingly tended, and also free to visit.

Even more surprising, a stone’s throw away is the lakeside Tudor hunting lodge frequently visited by Winston Churchill in the inter-war years, to which 20 of his paintings attest.  Other visitors included the elite of the British Government, famous artists and designers as well as Royalty of this period.

After exploring the gardens and lakeside, and having lunch nearby, we shall also optionally drive 5km and explore Mimizan beach and harbour.


Agenda for the day

10:45 – We should embark promptly on our tour of the island to allow time for the ‘Oohing and Aahing’ en route !

Our meeting point is in the car park at end of Avenue du Lac, 40200 MIMIZAN. The car park is next to the short bridge onto the island. Please click for a map showing meeting point

There are also loos in the car park

Early arrivals may take a coffee in the adjacent ‘Hotel du Lac’.

When we reach the end of the island on our walk, we can see Chateau Woolsack (Churchill’s Retreat).

Optionally we can cross another bridge and take a lovely 40 minute return walk along the lakeside footpath to the Chateau.

OR keen gardeners/less keen walkers may prefer to stay on the island. Their return walk turns right at the ‘bug hotel’ and then you can take in the aquatic plants, whilst completing the island circuit.

13:00 – Lunch in the Hotel du Lac, next to our parking, beautifully situated, and Janet, the English owner will be catering specially for us.

A delicious 3-course lunch with choice of starter, main course and desert for 18.50€  (please select your choices on the booking form below) For more information please see www.hoteldulacmimizan.com

14:30 – For those who would like to venture further after lunch, we shall drive a further 5km to walk at Mimizan Plage, which boasts one of the few harbours on this coast.


Further Information

Garden and Walk:

For more information on the beautiful garden island and walk please click here

Chateau Woolsack:

The chateau was built for Hugh Grosvenor, 2nd Duke of Westminster, in 1911. It was based on the Capetown ‘Tudor’ lodge where Rudyard Kipling lived. The Duke was among Britain’s richest people, and gave lavish hunting parties at Woolsack, his many guests included Charlie Chaplin, Coco Chanel, King Alfonso of Spain, Lloyd George, Anthony Eden, Salvador Dali, and frequently Winston Churchill.

The Chateau is currently privately owned, there is a prominent classic red English postbox on the approach road!

For more information please click here


Booking

To register, please contact Phil direct or book online before the 17th May.  Phil’s contact details are here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Click ‘Submit’ only once and then wait for your booking details to be re-displayed on your screen.
    • This may take a little time while your details are being noted and registered.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.


Directions

For those not using GPS:

  • Take A63 from Bordeaux, take exit west at Labouheyre on D626 through Lue, Pontenx les Forges, and St Paul en Born to Aureilhan.
  • Skirt the town going west on Route des Lacs, branching right at traffic lights, on Avenue de Vignon, signed to le Lac.
  • Continue north on Avenue de Woolsack, following signs for Promenade Fleurie.
  • Shortly after crossing the river bridge, turn right at the mini roundabout into Avenue du Lac and park in the car park at the end of the road which is next to the short bridge onto the island. Please click for a map showing meeting point

Map of Car Park Meeting Point



Andernos Market and Lunch : Friday 11th May


000_Par7626239-lollllAndernos is a bustling resort town on the Arcachon Bassin which has a very picturesque water-front onto the bassin. Come and join us for a stroll around Andernos’ market.

The general market has many different and interesting stalls to browse. Also there is a large indoor food market with many vendors selling a wide range of goods including meat, cheese, fruit, veg and tapas. In the centre of the indoor market is a friendly café/bar where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or, if the mood takes you, a beer!


Meeting Time

Due to the nature of visiting a market we will not be having a set meeting time, though you will find Colette strolling around the market trying to bag a bargain from 10.30 am.  Along side of Ave General de Gaulle, which is the pedestrian only street, many coffee shops can be found and also at the waterside.


Lunch

A reservation for lunch has been made at restaurant  L’ Eden, 15 Avenue Pasteur, 33510 Andernos-les-Bains.  For a map, please click here

Avenue Pasteur is parallel to the main pedestrian only street and L’Eden is about half way down on a corner opposite the large Maison Louis David exhibition house.

The restaurant L’Eden is very good value with large servings!.   Each person will be responsible for noting what they order.

  • Lunch:
    • 2 courses – 12€
    • 3 courses – 14€
  • Wine:
    • Bordeaux rouge:
      • 25cl – 4€
      • 50cl – 7.50€
    • Rose or blanc:
      • 25cl – 3€
      • 50cl – 5.80€
  • Coffee – 1.50€

Market Location and Parking

The market is situated just off the D3, Boulevard de la Republique, on the right hand side as you enter Andernos from the Lanton direction. A pharmacy is on the corner. Avenue General de Gaulle is opposite the pharmacy on the left hand side.

As ever parking on market days is not always easy. The main parking is first turn on the right after the pharmacy.

Alternative parking is available at Place Louis David on the left hand side of Boulevard de la Republique, also parking is allowed along most of the side roads close to the town centre.

I advise you look at a map beforehand and become familiar with the town centre.


Booking

We have to confirm the number for lunch, so please book before Saturday 5th May

If you would like to join us please book on-line below. Colette’s contact details are here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact Colette or Norma direct for your booking confirmation.


 

Walk, Talk and Lunch down by the Riverside with Alain - Bordeaux Right Bank: Thursday 12th April


A day in three optional parts to discover or re-discover Bordeaux from the right bank.  Our walk takes us over the Garonne and then from the “Eiffel” railway bridge to Pont Chaban-Delmas.

Bordeaux is at It’s best seen from the right bank, with a panoramic vista covering 1,000 years of development from Romanesque Abbaye de Sainte Croix, the still developing Parc aux Angéliques, modern Bordeaux Bastide, the Jardin Botanique and much more.

The first part starts with a walk from our meeting point near the Conservatoire, crossing over the river to have a look at the railway bridges. The walk progresses along the right bank through the delightful riverside gardens of the Parc aux Angéliques to Place Stalingrad. Along the way Alain will point out places of interest to us.

The walk is about 2.5 kms to our lunch at La Maison Brasserie in Place Stalingrad.

Comfortable walking shoes or boots are advised.


Lunch

The second part is a lunch of three courses with coffee for 17€ (wine is extra) at the restaurant:

Le Maison Brasserie. 15 Place de Stalingrad, 33100 BORDEAUX.

For a map, please click here


After Lunch Walk

After lunch we walk towards Pont Chaban-Delmas with great views over the grand river front, Place de la Bourse, the various steeples and towers that grace the skyline of old Bordeaux and also with a look at contemporary Bordeaux-Bastide, the Espace Darwin (site of an old military barracks) and the new precinct of the Sud-Ouest.

The walk ends at Pont Chaban-Delmas with convenient cafes and Tram B. (Walk approx. 5 kms)

Comfortable walking shoes or boots are advised.


Meeting Place and Time

Meeting place: Tram C stop Sainte-Croix on the left bank. Map here  Recommend arriving by tram.

Tram C line has relay car parks at both ends of the line, at Blanquefort and at Bègles lycée Vaclav Havel.

Tram C connects with tram A line at Porte de Bourgogne (the 2 stops are alongside)

Tram C connects with tram B line at Quinconces where the 2 stops are 100m away from each other.

Meeting Time: 10.45


Booking

Join us for the whole day or just morning or afternoon as you prefer. ( or just lunch! )

To register, please contact Norma B direct or book online.  Norma”s contact details are here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Click ‘Submit’ only once and then wait for your booking details to be re-displayed on your screen.
    • This will take a little time while your details are being noted and registered.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.


 


 

Piet de Bie Memorial Walk: Vendays -Thursday 8th February

Please note the start time is 11:00 and also the updated lunch arrangements.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?

I think not! So do plan on joining us for the 2nd Annual Piet De Bie Walk which, like last year, will take place on Piet’s birthday.

The date for the walk is Thursday February 8, 2018. We will meet at the church in Vendays-Montalivet (there is parking on both sides of the church).

Our meeting time has been moved up to 11:00 am to give people time to say hello and to change into their walking regalia.

This walk should be about 5-6 km long. Our route will take us by the park bench where last year we scattered some of Piet’s ashes. The walk is mostly on paved road, grassy track, and a short sandy wooded stretch.

Afterwards, we will drive over to Montalivet for lunch at « LeMarin » restaurant. When I have numbers, I’ll send around the menu choices for our fixed menu lunch. The price will be 18€ with coffee. All walkers are welcome, even those who didn’t have the pleasure of knowing Piet.

What is important is the legacy he left us, of getting us together, of getting some fresh air, of enjoying the outdoors in every season.

In the meantime, book online and save the date on your calendars so that together we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.


Booking

To register, please contact Elizabeth M direct or book online.

For more information etc Elizabeth’s contact details are here

When using the on-line booking form, please note the following:

  • Do not forget to press ‘Submit’
  • If you do not receive a confirmation from the organiser within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the organiser direct for your booking confirmation.