British Legion Remembrance Service – Sunday 11th November at 9:15 (revised time)


Bx_remembrance_3Remembrance Service at the Allied Forces Cemetery in Talence.

Assemble at 9:15 (please note the REVISED TIME) for the procession into the cemetery

Address: Allied Forces Cemetery, rue Bahus, 33400 TALENCE  –  GPS: N 44.814745, W 0.584240

There is ample on street parking nearby. The cemetery is a 5 minute walk from tram stop Roustaing on Ligne B

This moving and sombre annual ceremony is different this year, as it commemorates exactly 100 years since the cessation of WW1 hostilities.

The event will commence at 9.15am with the impressive and colourful procession.

The service will start at 9.30. Wreaths will be laid, including our BBC wreath which will be laid by Norma, our President. The service will last approximately 30 minutes, concluding with shots from a 1918 rifle as a salute to those who gave their lives in this and the following dreadful conflict.

We shall then walk to the adjacent French Cemetery, for a service starting at 10.30, before moving for a ‘Vin d’honneur’ at:

Chateâu de Peixotto, allée de Peixotto, 33400 TALENCE.

The chateau is situated in a large historic public parc which is maintained to respect the ecosystem and biodiversity. The chateau and parc are approximately 5 minutes by car or a 15 minute walk from the cemetery. Please click here for information about the chateau and parc

As is customary, our members will mingle with members of the British Legion and join them for lunch.


Visit to the Moon Harbour Distillery Bordeaux - 2018


Visit to the Moon Harbour Distillery Bordeaux Wednesday 7th November 2018

Did you know that there is a whisky distillery in Bordeaux? Yes there is! The Moon Harbour Distillery owes it’s name to the famous crescent moon outlined by the Garonne River in the heart of Bordeaux. The distillery is the innovation of two entrepreneurs and whisky enthusiasts Phillippe Balanger and Yves Medina. They joined forces with experienced whisky blender, Scotsman, John McDougall.

Situated in the Bacalan district of Bordeaux, the distillery currently produces several different whiskys and also gin. The site is impressive as the cellars are in a large WWII bunker next to the modern distillery

Moon Harbour has 250 hectares of barley planted in the region for it’s production of a single malt.

The tour will last between 1 hour and 1 hour 30 minutes and includes a presentation of Moon Harbour, visit to the raw material storage (explanations of malting and whisky production), visit to the cuverie, visit to the still room, visit to the cellar for ageing (a second world war bunker), tasting of 3 whiskys and 1 gin.

The guided tour is in English has been organised for Wednesday 7th November in two groups of 12, the first at 11am and the second at 3 pm. The cost of the tour including the four tasting is 10 euros per person.


Lunch

If would like lunch before or after the distillery visit we are proposing the Grill Courtpaille, 2 Rue du Professor Darget, 33300 Bordeaux. The grill is no more than 10 minutes walk from the distillery.

As it is an informal lunch each person will pay for themselves. Please let Norma B know before 1st November if you wish her to make a reservation on your behalf.


Booking

The last date to register for this tour is by 12 noon on Saturday 3rd November.

We use the Helloasso online booking and payments 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 and also your mobile phone for payment verification.

Book and pay via the Helloasso system for the afternoon tour at 15:00 here

The morning tour is fully booked.

Alternatively please book by:

Post your cheque for 10€ per person payable to ‘BBC’, direct to Norma B

Please indicate that you are booking for the afternoon tour at 15:00

Please indicate if you would like to go to the informal lunch. Norma’s contact details are here

Please note that all attendees must be recorded as members of the Association Bordeaux British Community.



Summer Tea Party and Wine Tasting: Avensan - Wednesday 11th July


What would the summer be without a traditional English high tea with cake and les petit sandwiches preceded by an optional wine tasting !


Programme

At 14:30 there is an optional visit to a local Medoc Chateaux for wine tasting and optional purchase (of wine not the chateau!!). Our hosts have frequently sampled it and rate it highly.

Afterwards, Brian and Cathy M have offered to throw open their garden for the afternoon in Avensan in the Medoc for a delicious English high tea or coffee with cake et les petit sandwiches to be enjoyed under the shade of our BBC marquee.


Booking

The tea party will be 7€ per person

The optional chateau visit and wine tasting will be 5€ per person.

Either book and pay online below or directly with Cathy M. ( cathy.sobritish@gmail.com )

We use the free Helloasso payment system and 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, 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.

  • 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.


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



International Seaplane Rally and Picnic - 12:00 noon Sunday 10th June: Biscarrosse


Background

In the inter-war years Biscarrosse was the centre of the thriving French seaplane industry, with more than 100 flying boats providing flights to Africa. New York and South America. There is now an excellent museum there, with a regular international event to trace the history of aviation.

The 2018 edition also marks the centenary of the first flight of what was to become Latécoère Air Lines which started delivering freight and post for Laposte to the french colonies in Africa.

During the first world war the founder, Pierre Latécoère, invested in factories in Toulouse producing shells and aircraft and delivered about 800 planes to the french army. The company then specialized in design and manufacture of seaplanes which reached a zenith with the six engined Latécoère 631 which was billed as ‘The Ship of the Skies‘ and designed for transatlantic flights. The 631 first flew in 1939 and 10 examples were produced. It was the largest production seaplane ever built and to put this into context had a wingspan about one third larger than the famous Short Sunderland of WWII fame. Groupe Latécoère still exists today as a successful group of companies supplying assemblies and components to Airbus and Boeing.

The 2018 flying displays will involve historic seaplanes and legendary aircraft of French and international aviation including the Breguet 14, PBY Catalina, Douglas DC3, De Havilland Beaver etc

More recent aircraft will fly including a Rafale, competitor to Eurofighter Typhoon, from the 17F Flotille of the French Naval Air Force, a fire fighting Canadair seaplane of the Civil Security and also the presence of the Patrouille de France which is the Air Force aerobatic team.

There will be helicopter rides, exhibitions and the usual event amenities.

The BBC enjoyed an excellent day in 2016, and we look forward to visiting again this year, seeing around 30 classic seaplanes in action, contrasted with a display by the mighty supersonic Dassault Rafale which is built at Merignac.


Our Rendezvous and Picnic

We must expect it to be busy, and to avoid the crowds we propose meeting at 12.00 sharp for a ‘tranquil’ picnic at the Petit Lac.

We will then walk less than 1 Km along the canal to reach the event at the southern lake at Latecoere, which has the usual festival facilities (aviation and other stalls, refreshments etc).

Entry is free.

Please bring all you need for a picnic ! Phil aims to ‘reserve’ the picnic tables by the lake !


Picnic and Meeting Location

TIME: 12:00 noon on Sunday 10th June

GPS: 44.396591, -1.182885  ( N 44°23’47.7″ W 1°10’58.4″ )

Alternatively, set your GPS to Avenue de Montbron

Map: Please click here for a map

Directions from Bordeaux:

  • Take A63 from Bordeaux and after 28Km turn off onto A660 signed to Arcachon
  • Turn off after 5 km, onto D216 signed to Biscarrosse
  • In Mios turn sharp right at the first roundabout then straight over the next one
  • After 25km go through Sanguinet (over 4 roundabouts including a large one surrounding the town hall)
  • After a further 12 Km you reach Biscarrosse
  • Go straight over the first and second roundabouts, and continue straight into the centre (over an absurd number of speed bumps !) past the Marie and the church
  • Take the second turn right after the church, signed to Dechetterie and Cimetiere ! This road is Avenue de Montbron
  • You will cross a bridge over the canal (joining Biscarrosse’s three lakes) and then look out for the lakeside car park on your right opposite the cemetery
    • Note the car park has an intimidating 2.1m width restriction. If your car is wider, or you don’t trust your judgement, you can park opposite in the Cemetery car park !
    • Note ignore any signs for ‘Hydravion’ (which direct to special parking, buses and crowds)

Booking

To register, please contact Phil C direct or book online below.  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.
    • There maybe a little delay 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.


    

 


‘Kings and Popes’ Series – Chateau Roquetaillade & Chateau Villandraut: Mazeres – Friday 4th May


Chateau Roquetaillade & Chateau Villandraut: Mazeres – Friday 4th May

As part of the ‘Kings and Popes’ series of visits, we have been organised a morning visit to Chateau Roquetaillade which is one of the most visited historical sites in south west France. After a picnic lunch, onwards to Chateau Villandraut, which is a castle built by Pope Clement V.  These two chateaux are massive constructions built as defensive castles but also as residencies. Very different from our normal chateau visits and very much essential to further experience the history of our region.


Program for the day

11:00 – Guided tour in english at Chateau Roquetaillade. One of the most visited historical sites in south west France

Chateau Roquetaillade, Roquetaillade, 33210 Mazères.  Map here Website here

12:45 – Your picnic lunch

15:00 – Guided tour in english at Chateau Villandraut. A castle built by Pope Clement V in 1307 and designed as both a residence and a defensive fortification.

Chateau Villandraut, Rue Lafon Isoré, 33730 Villandraut. Map here Website here


Morning

Chateau Roquetaillade is one of the most visited sites in south-west France and a classified historical monument. It is privately owned and has has been lived in by the same family for over 700 years since 1306.  It was first opened to the public in 1956.

Our guided tour, in english, will start at 11 am and takes approximately 1.5 hours.

The chateau is close to the village Mazeres (33210) and situated on a natural defensive site, with its roots going back to prehistory. The name Roquetaillade means ‘carved out of rock‘.  The grottoes beneath the site were home to troglodyte man. In case of attack they took refuge on the moat.

The first earth and timber fortifications were certainly constructed by Charlemagne as he advanced towards the Pyrenees, and then over the years they were replaced by stone fortifications and the old castle came into existence in the 11th century. It continued to be extended up until early 14th century.

In 1306 Cardinal de la Motte received permission from King Edward 1st of England to build a new castle. For this, we must thank his uncle Pope Clement V, the first French pope in
Avignon. Clement V’s political power was vast and extended as a far as Oxford in the UK.

What we see today is a unique example of feudal architecture, that is to say two fortresses within the same castle walls. The first major restoration was carried out in the 17th century. Many Renaissance features were added on the first floor,.  Windows were opened and monumental chimney pieces were created. The second restoration is 19th century and is the work of the famous French architect Viollet le Duc.

Other activities at the castle include a famous production of white Graves wines ‘Chateaufort de Roquetaillade‘, and Bazadais cattle breeding. (Ed. If you ever see bazas beef on a restaurant menu, it is delicious! )


Lunch

After the morning tour relax with your picnic in the Chateau grounds.


Afternoon

Following lunch, a short drive to the village of Villandraut for our second guided tour of the day at Chateau Villandraut. Our tour in english starts at 3 pm

The castle of Villandraut is known as ‘the castle of Pope Clement’ because Villandraut is the native land of Bertrand de Goth, who in 1305 became the first pope in Avignon under the name of Clement V.

From the beginning of his pontificate, Clement V decided to erect a new castle in Villandraut, as a symbol of the increased power of the Goth family.

The work, begun in 1307, was completed in 1314. The castle was built in just 7 years, a short period for the Middle Ages, when normally it would take 20 years for such a work. This shows the wealth and power of the sponsor, Pope Clement V. The castle was intended to be comfortable without neglecting the defensive aspect indispensable during those troubled times. The moat is 6.5 metres high and 15 metres wide with a drawbridge and together with six defensive towers each at 22 metres high.

The interior of the castle consists of a central courtyard, surrounded by three main buildings. The ground floor was devoted to stables, communal areas and kitchens and was mainly for guards and servants. The upper floors were for the nobles. The chapel is located on the first floor, as well as a large reception rooms. Comfort is ensured by no less than 21 chimneys and 19 latrines.

Subsequent history of the castle:

After the death of Clement V in 1314, the castle remained in the Goth family for only ten years. After this, due to marriages and legacies, the castle changed ownership many times.

The religious wars mark a turning point in the history of the castle. It is looted twice, in 1572 and in 1577, and in 1592 it is occupied by the Leaguers who take refuge there. The army, in order to make them surrender, attacked the castle and shelled the building with nearly 1860 guns and the southeast tower collaped. The Bordeaux parliament even ordered the total destruction of the building, but this decision was opposed by the King of France.

In 1600 the castle was bought by the lord of Lalanne who over 25 years carried out repair works leaving the architecture unchanged. In 1739, the castle is bought by the Marquis de Pons who stripped of woodwork and left it abandoned. The castle gradually deteriorated until in 1886 it is classified as an historical monument. Until 2007, it was the same family, of Sabran-Pontevès, the castle is now owned by Norbert Fradin, a Bordeaux promoter, great lover of medieval castles.

Since 1985, volunteer camps have been organized to clear the moats and restore the most sensitive parts of the castle. Archaeological excavations, stone cutting and masonry are on the program every summer at the castle.


Booking

The cost for the two guided tours is 13€ per person assuming a group of 25 people.  Please book online below as soon as possible but no later than Friday 20th April. Norma B’s contact details for the cheque etc are here

When using the online booking form, please note the following:

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


Visit to l'Atelier de Vitreux - Villenave D'Ornon: Wednesday 28th March

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We will visit this fascinating workshop where Bertrand Fournier, the owner, will take us through the process of the fabrication of stained glass windows.

He will follow up with painting and renovation. The visit will take approximately 2 hours and will be preceded by a lunch in a nearby restaurant.

The cost for our BBC group visit is 6€ per person.

This is our second visit due to popular demand.


Background

Bertrand is one of the most skilled stained glass workers in our region today working in the creation of new designs and restoration work. His achievements include:

1995 : Grand prix départemental et régional des métiers d’art (métier de tradition)

1995/2010 : Secrétaire général de la Chambre syndicale nationale du vitrail

1998 : Médaille d’argent Arts-Sciences-Lettres

2000 : Médaille de la ville de Bordeaux

2000 : Grand prix national de la dynamique artisanale

2000 : Diplôme de la société archéologique de Bordeaux

2003 : Membre du jury du prix départemental des métiers d’art

2004 : Grand prix départemental et régional des métiers d’art (métier de conservation et de restauration)

2005 : Titre de maitre artisan


Lunch

Lunch will be at 12:00 PROMPT (as there is a ‘second lunch sitting’ after we have finished) and has been arranged at:

L’Echoppe, 1 Rue Yvon Mansencal, 33140 Villenave-d’Ornon

For a map, please click here: Map

The menu price is 23€ and the choices are as follows:

Entrees
Salade de chèvre chaud au miel
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Salade landaise

Plats
Bavette aux échalotes confites
ou
Confit de canard
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Pavé de saumon

Desserts
Crème brûlée
ou
Mousse au chocolat

Café & wine included

Please choose you selected courses in advance when booking this event.


Location and Meeting Time for the guided tour

L’ATELIER de VITRAUX Bernard Fornier, 18 Rue Pablo Neruda, 33140 Villenave D’Ornon

For a map, please click: Map

We will meet in the atelier car park, which has ample parking space, at 14:15 for our tour starting at 14:30


Booking

Please either register direct with Brian whose contact details are 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 Brian direct (contact details here)for your booking confirmation


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


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.


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Sammies meet Pope in Bordeaux: Bordeaux - Tuesday 28th November


1096/1917/2017

The program for the day covers 900 years of history !

A day out in central Bordeaux with a visit to the cathedral St Andre and then lunch followed a free guided tour of the “Voilà les Américains” exhibition at Centre Jean Moulin. The three locations are easily accessible in central Bordeaux and are within 500 metres of each other.


Meeting place and time

Meet at 11:00 at the Club des Retraités MGEN, 35 cours Pasteur, Bordeaux which is where we had the Brexit meeting with the British Embassy official from Paris in September 2016).

The Club is opposite the Musée d’Aquitaine, next to Tram B (Pessac/Bacalan) Musée d’Aquitaine stop, one stop away from Tram A (Mérignac-Lormont) Hôtel de Ville stop at the cathedral St Andre. and 500m away from the Place de la Victoire bus/tram hub.

The Club is a convenient meeting place with seating and facilities.


Tour

After meeting up at the Club, Alain will take us around the cathedral St Andre for a guided visit. We will see some of the spectacular results from the major restoration works and get a more complete view of the inside than we had for the Compostella tour that we did 3 years ago.

The imposing and well restored royal entrance in the north wall of the nave epitomises 13th century French Gothic architecture.

Eleanor of Aquitaine and Louis VII, the future king of France, were married there 1137, as were Anne of Austria and Louis XIII. The cathedral was used to store fodder during the French Revolution and suffered a devastating fire in the 19th century. A very varied history !!


Lunch

Around 12.30 we lunch at Le Dragon Doré, 9 rue Paul Louis Landes (50m away from the Club).

It’s a small place run by a friendly Cambodian couple who cook fresh food daily as customers come in, so the food doesn’t stand for hours in warming-up containers.

There is a buffet-lunch for 14€ excluding drinks/coffee/tea. Please pay for your lunch at the restaurant.


Voilà les Américains !

After lunch at 14:30, we have a free guided visit around the 1917 – Voilà les Américains exhibition at the Centre National Jean Moulin which is opposite the cathedral spires on the corner of rue Vital Carles.

In April 1917, the USA sent an a large army to France comprising about two million soldiers at its peak. On 21st June 1917, Bordeaux became the headquarters of Base 2 for the Service of Supply responsible for the procurement, reception and organisation of the immense amount of supplies to support a large fighting army in Europe. American troops also arrived in large numbers at Brest and Saint Nazaire for onward transit to the front line.

The exhibition reveals the realities of the arrival and the installation of the Americans in Bordeaux and their associated logistics.

1917 was marked by the Russian Revolution, mutinies, the new military presence of the Americans in the conflict and the start of a hard fight to eventual victory by the Allies which was achieved in 1918. The exhibition shows the daily life of American troops as evoked through relationships with people (weddings, births, deaths), as well as problems of hygiene and health. The inherent diseases and accidents caused the establishment of proper health services.

The American soldiers were nicknamed Sammies after the iconic Uncle Sam and the presence of the Americans in the Gironde brought many influences including Jazz and also the YMCA (Young Man’s Christian Association) !

The exhibition is designed as part of the commemorations of the Centenary of the First World War, in partnership with the cities of Bassens, Lormont, Merignac, Carbon Blanc, the Metropolitan Archives and the Departmental Archives of the Gironde.


Booking

Please book online or book direct to Alain M ( contact details here ).

When using the online booking form, please note the following:

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


Map
  • DIRECTIONS: Click the ‘Directions’ symbol and enter your home address or start point to get a detailed set of directions which can then be printed out and/or downloaded to your smartphone.
    • Specify public transport and where you want to start on the tram/bus and you will then see the route options for your journey together with arrival/departure times so that you can arrive on time.
  • ZOOM: Use the + and – symbols in the bottom left hand corner of the map to zoom in and out