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
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Confit de canard
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Pavé de saumon

Desserts
Crème brûlée
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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


Come join us for lunch in Bordeaux, Friday 10th February 2017


Come and join us for lunch, conversation and the company of friends in Bordeaux at the restaurant La Belle L’Epoque on the corner of Place des Quinconces on the Quai.

The dining room of a former hotel graced by a picturesque décor of coloured Bordeaux tiles by Vieillard, the famed local potters.

The menu of the day is 25€ for 3 courses (with choices) including wine and coffee.

Following lunch, if the weather is good you may wish to take a walk along Quai and burn off some of the calories!

We will meet 12 noon in the restaurant. The nearest tram stop line at Place Quinconces from either ligne B or ligne C.  Parking available close by at Place La Bourse or at Quinconces.


Booking

If you would like to attend, then please contact Colette or Norma B or complete the online booking form below as soon as possible.

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


   


Arts and Photography Exhibition with visit to the Submarine Base - Thursday, 15th December


The Exhibition

base2aThe Base Sous-Marin now serves as a regular exhibition centre and is currently hosting a new exhibition ‘La Probabilité du Miracle’ by Gérard Rancinan and Caroline Gaudriault who take you on a unique journey combining art and culture, where reality merges with the unreal, where the words are mixed with the memory of the photograph and where the thought of Man is infinite.

The exhibition that mixes photographs, words, sounds, art-videos, an art movie, and art installations ‘that will not leave you unscathed‘.

Gérard Rancinan and Caroline Gaudriault offer a journey into an artistic universe where real and unreal confront each other.

1044271_1_1Their proposition asserts itself as the mirror of the memory of our society and its time. The dialogue established between Gérard Rancinan’s photography and the texts of Caroline Gaudriault is punctuated throughout the journey by some forty works transposing an epoch marked by fantasies, illusion, contradictions to the denial of reality and books.

They pose questions about our world and even more about the perception that we have.

Phil visited several years ago to see an impressive photographic exhibition, and was amazed how clever use of coloured lighting transformed the ‘satanic’ interior, reflecting off the surface of the flooded submarine pens. It is still eerie and a bizarre venue for an exhibition, but it works!


The Base Sous-Marin

From the outside the base is a massive, ugly, dirty concrete structure built by the Germans during the war. This gigantic bunker is organized in eleven pens or docks for submarines and protected by a massive bomb proof concrete roof. The complex covers an area of 43,000 m2 with 12,000 m2 open to the public and converted into an a cultural space managed by the city of Bordeaux.

Throughout the year, the Submarine Base hosts a multidisciplinary program: temporary exhibitions, concerts, opera, jazz, theatre performances and dance.

If you would like to know more about the construction and war-time history of the base, please click here


Lunch

peniche-bordeauxBistro Regent la Peniche, at Quai Armand Lalande, Bassins a Flot No1 offers a five choice menu at 12.90€. It is unusual that it is on a ship, which affords great views of the Bassin and Submarine Pens.

Free parking on the adjacent Quai amidst many white vans, the area is undergoing major redevelopment !

The ship/restaurant is about a 5 minute walk north west along Rue Lucien Faure from the Bassins á Flot Tram stop (line B). (second traffic lights). I propose meeting at 1pm.

Please note there are 2 ship restaurants, plus other adjacent vessels. After lunch it will be best to drive the 1.3km circuit of the Bassin to reach the Submarine Base, I think we will have enough cars to carry any coming by foot.


Meeting Place and Car Parking for the Exhibition

We shall assemble at ‘La Base Sous-Marine’ at 2.45. The entrance to the base is off Boulevard Alfred Daney, 33300 BORDEAUX

There is ample free parking, public transport is not so easy !


Booking

If you would like to attend, then please contact Phil or complete the online booking form below as soon as possible.

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


Walk, lunch, chateau visit and exhibition of 20th century art: Gradignan

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Well, the day promised a lot in the November newsletter, and even the hardiest members might have been put off with a late November outdoors event, which was perhaps why only 17 people attended, but it just went on getting better and better.

Apart from the reconnaissance by Norma B and Colette that preceded the event, no one had been to Gradignan before which was hardly surprising as the town is really an outer suberb of Bordeaux, just off the Rocarde, and not somewhere one would normally think of visiting, but it is genuinely somewhere not to be missed. Couple that to wall-to-wall sunshine with 20 on the thermometer, lovely parkland in all the glorious colours of autumn, a great restaurant and a public free-to-view art gallery together with great company, what could be more enjoyable?

The walk of which there are evidently five others in the area, links a number of beautiful parks, all owned and managed by the local authority. We started by the Prieure de Cayac, which has been serving pilgrims as a hostel ever since the 13th century, illustrated by the beautiful bronze statue of the weary traveller rubbing his blistered feet. The paths were clean and wheel chair and bike friendly, with “parkies” much in evidence. The autumn colours were as good as they get, especially as many of the trees were unusual specimen varieties. With foot paths running either side of the river, the many bridges allow any number of variations to the length of a walk, on our route from little over 1km up to more than 12 km. The route is popular with walkers and cyclists alike and has good parking.

The Restaurant K2 was a great choice. Arriving a little earlier than our booking, we enjoyed an apero in the sunshine, prior to being shown to a very nice private dining room for our party. Service was friendly and efficient and the midday menu offered good choice and value. The town council is an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and the interesting art gallery in the priory, free to enter, is again just one of many in the area. There were three themed rooms, with artworks by local adult artists as well as contributions from school children, all to a very

Our heartfelt thanks to Colette and Norma B for a

Report by John C, Photos by John, Hugh and Phil