Lycée Lunch: Arcachon, Thursday 8th March at 11:50

lyceearcachonThe Lycee Condorcet in Arcachon is a school where young people aspiring to be chefs and restaurateurs, receive tuition in this field alongside their traditional education. The students cook and serve as part of their school curriculum.  The school has two dining options a restaurant and a brasserie. We have eaten here several times over the years and have always enjoyed delicious food, well cooked and well presented.

We have made a provisional reservation for 12:0 on Thursday 8th March at le Restaurant at Lycée Condorcet, 1 avenue Roland  Dorgelès, 33120 Arcachon. This is a school for 15 to 18 year olds who are learning the restaurant trade, and practicing on real life customers! The reservation is for a maximum of 20 guests, and Sarah must confirm numbers to them by Thursday 4th February.


Menu

As a guide, we previously paid 12€ for the menu and from 1€50 per glass of wine, which we feel represents excellent value for money.


After Lunch

After lunch we propose a walk in Arcachon, either along the promenade or around the Ville d’Hiver.


Booking

Please book before Monday 26 February at the latest.  Either book online below or contact Sarah whose 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 Brian direct (contact details here)for your booking confirmation


Directions

Directions, arriving from Bordeaux: follow the signs to Arcachon and you will arrive at a roundabout with a tall, pointed, metal structure.

Carry on towards Arcachon and at the FOLLOWING round about, take the 4th exit – last one before you come back on yourself, after the turn-off into the flats, marked ‘no through road’. (also marked for the Lycées if you look in the right place)!

At the top of this road, you need to go to the left, BUT will be fed round to the right – you have no choice. So, go right, do the loop at the end and come back on yourself, pass where you entered this whole strange place in the first place, go up the hill and park. .

The Lycée will be over on your right – you’ll see the flags, it’s the end building on that side of the road. I don’t recommend you use GPS, it will take you a different, unnecessarily complicated way.

Please arrive at 11h50, we can meet at the front gate of the school, and go into la Brasserie for 12h


A Cycle Ride or a Walk and/or a Lunch in the Entre-Deux-Mers: Friday 19th January 2018


Dust off your Velo and Walking Shoes ! – Friday 19th January
Cyclists and Walkers

Enjoy some leisurely cycling or walking and explore a very different area of our region (not a vineyard in sight!) or come for a walk or just come for lunch !  A gentle cycle ride on tarmac and in two separate 10km stages starting on the rive droite of the Garonne opposite Ile d’Arcins. Before we start, we will fortify ourselves with croisantes, coffee and wine and also take a freshment stop on the way !

We cycle alongside the Garonne and then inland into the Entre deux Mers to Latresne to join the Piste Cyclable Roger Lapébie which was originally a railway line,

The cycle way is smooth and runs through delightful wooded countryside and farm land with many opportunities to stop.

At the same time as the cyclists are enjoying the countryside and refreshment stops there will be a separate walking group.


Lunch

A leisurely lunch at Bistrot de la Pimpine which is an old railway station in Lignan de Bordeaux, now converted to a simple bar/restaurant.

Some cyclists suitably fortified after lunch may wish to have the full experience and cycle the complete path to Lacanau but this is not compulsory !

Walkers suitably fortified can struggle the few steps back to their cars !

Lunch is a good value ‘honest’ menu de jour for 15:00€ including wine

This is a repeat of a previous event where we had some who just came for lunch and contributed to a great atmosphere.

Some cyclists suitably fortified after lunch may wish to have the full experience and cycle the complete cycle path to Lacanau but this is not compulsory !  Walkers suitably fortified can struggle the few steps back to their cars !

No need to dress up, lycra permitted and totally optional!


Booking

To register for cycling and lunch, or just lunch only, please contact Ian or book online (Ian says that he will definitely be cycling and enjoying lunch irrespective of the weather and does not want to feel lonely!)

If you need more information etc please contact Ian whose 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.



India Saga: Lunch with a Talk in Andernos, North Bassin d’Arcachon - Tuesday 20th February


After Lunch Talk

We have invited BBC member Mick Howarth to share his experiences as a young man in 1960’s India in an illustrated talk and discussion after a good lunch at the Etoile restaurant in Andernos.

He will relate something of the joys and frustrations of being thrown in at the deep end as a lecturer at the age of 21 in a remote university where he was one of only two Europeans – also of his wider travels, visiting Indian students in their homes and other British volunteers on their projects.

If asked, he can also outline the process of self-publishing with Kindle and Amazon.

Mick is currently working on the third volume of his memoirs, Sagar Saga.  The first two are available in both full colour Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon and he will bring a few copies along.

For information about Mick and his books please click here


Morning Walk at 10:30

Weather permitting, those who wish to work up an appetite can accompany Mick’s wife Carole, who grew up in the area, on a bracing morning walk along the Bassin coast to the oyster port at Andernos (about 6km round trip).  Walkers meet Carole in front of the restaurant at 10.30.


Lunch at 12:15

The Etoile is a traditional family-run restaurant and hotel founded in 1937, 500 metres from the beach and hosts the local Rotary Club every month.  Carole and Mick have been eating there for over 30 years. There will be no difficulty parking in and around the Place de l’Etoile.

Reception from 12.15 for lunch at 12.30.  Walkers meet Carole in front of the restaurant at 10.30.

Special menu at 20€ including coffee:

Soupe de poissons maison et sa garniture

OR Cassolette campagnarde

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Filet de merlu sauce crémeuse

OR Cuisse de pintade braisée au jus

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Patisserie

Wine can be purchased at the table.  There is a good house red at 7€ or rosé at 7.50€ a bottle, plus full choice from the wine list.

Address: Place de l’Etoile, 33510 Andernos-les-Bains,  Please click here for a map.


Booking

If you would like to join us please contact Mick H direct or book online by 10th February.

Cheques made out to the BBC for 20€ per person should be sent direct to Mick. Mick’s contact details and address to send cheques etc are here

Please give your choice of starter and main course and say if you intend to join the walkers.

Closing date Sunday 10th February.  Places are limited so please register early.

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


 

 

Activities Week: Marans (near La Rochelle) - 2nd to 9th June 2018


Update: 7 apartments are now booked but there is room for one or two more couples. If you want to come, please book direct with Ted and Jenny as soon as possible but by the end of January at the latest !

Park and Suites

This year Ted and Jenny are proposing a week at Marans, a small town about 20 minutes north-east of La Rochelle and near the Marais Poitevin.

We will be staying at Park & Suites:  Parks and Suites at Marans-la- Rochelle

Details of the Marais Poitevin regional nature resereve are here: www.marais-poitevin.com/

Park and Suites is a complex of groups of two storey apartments set in a park.  You reach the top floor apartments by an outside staircase.  Each apartment has a bedroom with large double bed leading to a shower room and on to a kitchen/dining area with large fridge, dishwasher, hob and microwave (no oven) with a sofa bed, table and chairs.  Outside there is a small balcony or patio.  In the case of the downstairs apartments the patios are covered.  The apartment is well equipped and the bed made up.

Outside for your use a large heated pool, sauna, ping pong and a boules court.

There are several blocks of apartments with large spaces in between which makes it feel very spacious.  A few minutes walk brings you into the little town where you will find shops, a small marina, bars restaurants. There is also a Super U easily accessible.


Excursions and relaxation

We are planning excursions to the Marais Poitevin, visits to ruined abbeys, chateaux, walks along the coast and of course La Rochelle and Ile de Re.  There is an opportunity to play golf at Pree la Rochelle.  There is certainly a lot to do in the area, but maybe you would just like to relax around the pool and not join in the activities.  That’s OK too!


Price and Payment

The price of all this is 49€ per couple per night, 343€ for the week.  They will require 50% on booking then the rest before arrival.  There is a reasonable cancellation policy.  Cheques must be made out to Park and Suites and sent to Brian M as soon as possible.  Please note that this type of activity is not covered by the BBC insurance policy. Hence the booking and all payments are made direct between the attendees and Park and Suites .

Anyone interested should email Ted and Jenny. We do need to have time to organise numbers and bookings, so we must operate on first come first served basis.


La Rochelle


 

Golf or 'Walk the Course' : Lacanau - Tuesday 21st November


golfLunch

As usual we will start with lunch at 12:00 for the ‘golfers’ and ‘walkers’.  The restaurant is near the golf course and details are being finalised.


Golf

The first depart is at 14:20 at:

Golf UCPA de La Méjanne, Route du  Baganais, 33680  Lacanau  Océan

Please click here

for a map


Or ……

As always non-players are welcome to join us for lunch and/or a beautiful walk around the course, (as long as they are not too critical of the players’ abilities!).


Booking

Please book online or direct with Brian – first come first served !

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


'Medoc Meanderers' walk in the Medoc: Margaux - Wednesday 8th November


Medoc Meanderers

The Medoc Meanderers are a walking group based in the Medoc and formerly co-ordinated by our good friend Piet who sadly passed away earlier this year.


When and Where

The walk is on Wednesday 8th November starting at 10:30 from the car park at the Salle des Fêtes in Margaux.

About 6/7 km and mainly the route is not muddy.  For part of the walk, should it rain or have rained there’s an alternative way back to Margaux.


Picnic

For those who would like to join a bring-your-own picnic you will be very welcome to come back to the organisers kitchen whose house is very near to the parking area.


Booking

Open to everyone. If you would like to register and receive more details then please complete the online booking form



Reminder - Libourne Bastide Guided Tour and Lunch - Saturday 8th April


REMINDER – We have a block booking for this event and there are some places still available for an informative and very relaxing day in Libourne with lunch. Please either book direct with Susan O or online below.


Libourne is a town with a unique history and stunning beauty. A must to visit in the heart of the Bordeaux wines. The history of the town goes back to the thirteenth century and King Henry III.

Libourne is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Isle and the Dordogne, and is almost 100km from the Atlantic. It had the great advantage of being the first port on the Dordogne river accessible for merchant ships inbound from the Atlantic. Similarly a great advantage for outbound shipping trading overseas.

The unique location considerably helped Libourne to grow its prosperity, particularly in the development of a flourishing trade in wine, making Libourne into a very prosperous town. 


Program for the day

10.30 – Meet at the Office de Tourisme du Libournais, 42 Place Abel Surchamp, 33500 Libourne for our guided tour of the bastide area.

The tour will entail mostly a gentle guided walk round the old town. There are cafes and benches nearby in the Place Abel Surchamp and along the river front if anyone prefers to take a break. There is an underground car park in Place Abel Surchamp.

12.00 approx – Lunch in Restaurant La Tour du Vieux Port, 5 mins walk from Place Abel Surchamp.

After lunch you are free to do as you please.

Visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts or enjoy a spot of shopping in Rue Gambetta off Place Abel Surchamp.


Meeting and Parking

Meet at 10:30 the Office de Tourisme du Libournais, 42 Place Abel Surchamp, 33500 Libourne

There is an underground car park in Place Abel Surchamp


Lunch Menus

There is a choice for your lunch between two menus. It is not possible to ‘mix and match’ meal courses as this event is organised as a total package provided by the Libourne tourist office.

MENU 1

Ballottine de Volaille aux épinards

Pavé de Saumon piperade et jus de viande réduit

Tarte Tatin

Coffee

(Also includes a glass of wine)

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MENU 2

Terrine de Poisson chantilly au citron

Nem de Confit de Canard crémeux de petit pois

Fondant au Chocolat Crème à l’orange

Coffee

(Also includes a glass of wine)


Booking

There is a fixed charge for the guided tour with lunch and we hope there will be a minimum of 20 people interested in this visit. The tour and lunch costs 29€ per person.

If you would like to join us then please either book direct with Susan O or online below. Susan’s contact details are in the March Newsletter and also in Membership Directory here

As soon as you book, please send your cheque for 29€ per person and your menu choices direct to to Susan.

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




 

REMINDER: Guided Tour of the Libourne Bastide and Lunch - Saturday 8th April


REMINDER – We have a block booking for this event and there are some places still available for an informative and very relaxing day in Libourne with lunch. Please either book direct with Susan O or online below.


Libourne is a town with a unique history and stunning beauty. A must to visit in the heart of the Bordeaux wines. The history of the town goes back to the thirteenth century and King Henry III.

Libourne is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Isle and the Dordogne, and is almost 100km from the Atlantic. It had the great advantage of being the first port on the Dordogne river accessible for merchant ships inbound from the Atlantic. Similarly a great advantage for outbound shipping trading overseas.

The unique location considerably helped Libourne to grow its prosperity, particularly in the development of a flourishing trade in wine, making Libourne into a very prosperous town. 


Program for the day

10.30 – Meet at the Office de Tourisme du Libournais, 42 Place Abel Surchamp, 33500 Libourne for our guided tour of the bastide area.

The tour will entail mostly a gentle guided walk round the old town. There are cafes and benches nearby in the Place Abel Surchamp and along the river front if anyone prefers to take a break. There is an underground car park in Place Abel Surchamp.

12.00 approx – Lunch in Restaurant La Tour du Vieux Port, 5 mins walk from Place Abel Surchamp.

After lunch you are free to do as you please.

Visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts or enjoy a spot of shopping in Rue Gambetta off Place Abel Surchamp.


Meeting and Parking

Meet at 10:30 the Office de Tourisme du Libournais, 42 Place Abel Surchamp, 33500 Libourne

There is an underground car park in Place Abel Surchamp


Lunch Menus

There is a choice for your lunch between two menus. It is not possible to ‘mix and match’ meal courses as this event is organised as a total package provided by the Libourne tourist office.

MENU 1

Ballottine de Volaille aux épinards

Pavé de Saumon piperade et jus de viande réduit

Tarte Tatin

Coffee

(Also includes a glass of wine)

——————————

MENU 2

Terrine de Poisson chantilly au citron

Nem de Confit de Canard crémeux de petit pois

Fondant au Chocolat Crème à l’orange

Coffee

(Also includes a glass of wine)


Booking

There is a fixed charge for the guided tour with lunch and we hope there will be a minimum of 20 people interested in this visit. The tour and lunch costs 29€ per person.

If you would like to join us then please either book direct with Susan O or online below. Susan’s contact details are in the March Newsletter and also in Membership Directory here

As soon as you book, please send your cheque for 29€ per person and your menu choices direct to to Susan.

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




 

Golf at Gujan Mestras - Tuesday 14th March


A Golf day has been arranged at Gujan Mestras. This is a very flat course so most are unlikely to need a buggy. However, should you require one, you please let David P know and he will get back to you with the price. Arrangements are to play the 9 hole course, it’s long by most standards.


‘Tee Times’

Three tee times have been booked for 14:18, 14:27 and 14:36.


Cost

Provided we exceed 11 golfers, the cost will be 27,20€  If we number less the cost will rise to 32€


Lunch

Lunch is arranged for 12:15, it will be the menu du jour including wine and coffee at 21€ per person


Non-Golfers

As always non players are most welcome to join us for lunch and/or a beautiful walk around the course, (as long as they are not too critical of the players’ abilities !)


Booking

Please register direct with David P whose contact details are in the Membership Directory here  or alternatively please book online below.

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


Location

Directions : The course is located about 2km south of A660 on D652 (Route de Sanguinet, 33470 Gujan-Mestras.  Tel: 05 57 52 73 73, Web: http://www.bluegreen.com/fr/les-golfs/liste-des-golfs-du-reseau/golf-blue-green-gujan-mestras


 

ALL GOLFERS: Golf at Gujan Mestras - Tuesday 14th March


A Golf day has been arranged at Gujan Mestras. This is a very flat course so most are unlikely to need a buggy. However, should you require one, you please let David P know and he will get back to you with the price. Arrangements are to play the 9 hole course, it’s long by most standards.


‘Tee Times’

Three tee times have been booked for 14:18, 14:27 and 14:36.


Cost

Provided we exceed 11 golfers, the cost will be 27,20€ If we number less the cost will rise to 32€


Lunch

Lunch is arranged for 12:15, it will be the menu du jour including wine and coffee at 21€ per person


Non-Golfers

As always non players are most welcome to join us for lunch and/or a beautiful walk around the course, (as long as they are not too critical of the players’ abilities !)


Booking

Please register direct with David P whose contact details are in the Membership Directory here or alternatively please book online below.

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


Location

Directions : The course is located about 2km south of A660 on D652 (Route de Sanguinet, 33470 Gujan-Mestras. Tel: 05 57 52 73 73, Web: http://www.bluegreen.com/fr/les-golfs/liste-des-golfs-du-reseau/golf-blue-green-gujan-mestras