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


 

 

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


World War I 'Sammies' (US Soldiers) in the Gironde: Bordeaux - Friday, 13 October at 14:00


You may be aware that 2017 marks the centennial of the arrival of US soldiers, or Sammies, in France during World War I.  The Gironde and Bordeaux in particular was the primary logistics station for the US military during this period.

In memory of this historic time, the Bordeaux Women’s Club will be organizing two events this season.  In a show of friendship between our English-speaking associations, the BWC would like to invite BBC members to attend these two events.


First event – ‘Sammies in Gironde’ – Friday, 13 October at 14:00

A talk by Yves Castex in French with a translator translating into into English

There will be no cost.

Venue:

Athenée Municiaple
Place St Christoly
Bordeaux

BBC members planning to attend MUST register via this link https://goo.gl/forms/ gd2oT2YrafHP0VD92

There are 40 places available and priority will be given to Bordeaux Women’s Club members, but the BWC think there will be room for everyone.


Second event – Boat trip to key points on the Gironde Estuary

Mr Yves Castex will lead us along the Gironde on a hired boar and we will stop at the various key points along the estuary where the Sammies were stationed.

There will be a fee for this event.  More information will follow.


Exhibition

There is a parallel exhibition at the Centre Jean Moulin entitled ‘1917 : voilà les Américains! ‘ running until Sunday 7th January 2018. Full details are: here


 

PICNIC AND VISIT TO CHATEAU DE CAZENEUVE AND EGLISE D’UZESTE ON THURSDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2017


THE BBC TOGETHER WITH KINGS AND POPES IN THE GIRONDE !

A tour led by Alain Mounolou and one not to missed.

Among the major figures that left a mark in Girondin history are Bertrand de Got, a local aristocrat aka Pope Clement V (1264, 1305/1314) and Henri III king of Navarre (see Shakespeare’s Love’s Labours Lost or “lou nouste Henric” for Gascons) who ultimately became King Henri IV of France from 1589 to 1610.

This is the first of a series of possible visits of interesting sites and monuments connected with these major figures in the South of the Gironde department.


The Day’s Programme

We meet at 10:15 at the church in Uzeste, 8 km west of Bazas, for a guided tour.

Notre-Dame d’Uzeste is a large church in a small village, originally 12 th century but rebuilt in the early 14 th century thanks to generous subsidies from Clement V, with an elegant choir and apse.

The Pope’s vault is there (which accounts for the lush financing), modern stained glass and other very noteworthy features.

Following the visit to the church we drive down to Chateau Cazeneuve, eat our picnic in the splendid grounds.

Château de Cazeneuve a mediaeval fortress overlooking two rivulets, originally a hill top keep in the 11 th century. Later surrounded by a large walled area in the 14 th century, then revamped in the less insecure times of the 17th century. It is lived in by the Sabran-Pontevès family, who are descendants of the original owners, the Sires (lords) d’Albret from whom Henri III/IV was also descended.

The house is extensively furnished with kitchen, cellars, chapel, dungeon. The successive stages of the chateau’s development are well documented. The chateau is surrounded by extensive grounds which provide fine views of the surrounding area.

The guided visit of the house takes approximately 60 to 75 minutes and is followed by a degustation of fine wine. The grounds are open to the public for those who itch for a walk. The cost of the visit is 12 Euros per person.


Lunch

Please bring your picnic.


Where and how to get there

Uzeste is situated 10 km south to south-west of Langon, 8 km west of Bazas, 5 km south-east of Villandraut. The church can’t possibly be missed. Cazeneuve stands 10 km south via Préchac. For
map-lovers and GPS haters, directions are below:

From Bordeaux:

  • Our advice is to get to the rocade, then aim for A 62 (the Toulouse motorway)
  • Veer south 6 km after Langon towards Pau along A 65, leave at junction 1 Bazas and turn left along D3 (sign for Villandraut),
  • After 5.5 km then left again down D 222
  • After 3 km and you are there!!

From the Entre-Deux-Mers:

  • Aim for Langon and either find your way to Roaillan/Château de Roquetaillade down D 222 (15 km) OR drive 13 km towards Bazas down N 524, turn right to Villandraut at the big roundabout, 6 km then left to Uzeste (D 222).

From the Arès-Arcachon Area:

  • Aim for Biganos-Facture, then D3 (Bazas), Mios, Salles, Belin-Beliet, Hostens, St-Symphorien, Villandraut 1 km right down D 110.

Booking

If you would like to join us please either book online or contact Norma B or Alain M whose contact details are in the Membership Directory 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
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Blaye Market and Citadelle Tour - Saturday 10th June


We are organising a visit to the delightful historic riverside town of Blaye, including its lively Saturday Market and famous Citadelle, commanding great views of the river.

For those members coming from the west, we would leave cars in the parking opposite the ferry embarkation at Lamarque/Médoc, taking the ferry (departure at 11am) as foot passengers. Please meet me there at 10.45 if you would like to put your picnic goods in our car (to avoid carrying it around on the other side).

Members coming from the East can park in Blaye and rendezvous with us at the big market in Blaye (3 minute walk from the ferry and the Citadelle).

We could take the ferry back to Lamarque in the afternoon, 15h00 or 16h30.


Picnic Lunch

in order to benefit from the background history we need to have a picnic !

Bring whatever you need ……. chairs, bottles and of course your picnic or buy groceries from the market, fresh bread, fruits etc…

I propose to load my car with your goods, chairs, tables, bottles, food… (I have a big car !) remember we can buy groceries from the market.


Guided Tour

We can have a guided tour of the Citadelle, in English, at 14h00 for 6€ per person


Booking

Please reserve direct with Cathy or 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 Cathy within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact the Cathy direct for your booking confirmation


 

Concours des Vins, Visit & Picnic : Moulin du Grand Puy : Lansac : Wednesday 17th May


In the morning the ‘Concours des Vins’ have offered a visit to their offices in nearby Bourg-sur -Gironde. If you go to their website www.concoursdesvins.net you will find a full explanation via a video of their work and the difference of the two concours namely ‘Challenge du Vin’ and the ‘Citadelles du Vin’.

Following the visit to the Concours des Vins we visit le Moulin de Lansac which is situated in the heart of the Cote de Bourg, it stands on top of a hill and has beautiful 360 degree views across the surrounding countryside. In recent years the windmill has been fully restored thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers.

Members of the Bordeaux British Community, Anne and John List have kindly offered a guided tour of the mill. There is also an exhibition room and an opportunity to purchase flour which has been produced on site.

Full information on the mill is here: http://invisiblebordeaux.blogspot.fr/2013/01/moulin-de-lansac-making-millstones-turn.html#more

In the grounds are a number of picnic tables. For your comfort bring a cushion and table cloth together with your picnic lunch and drinks. We then also plan to test your knowledge of world wines with a blind tasting of wines from around the world. Sounds fun !

We do hope that you will join us for what promises to be a great day out. A donation of 3,50€ per person will be collected for the day and donated to the mill which is funded by voluntary contributions.


Agenda

Meet 11 am at the Concours des Vin Offices for a guided tour

At mid-day, drive 4 km to the Lansac Windmill for a picnic lunch and blind wine tasting followed by a guided tour of the windmill in groups of 10 and an opportunity to purchase flour and visit the current exhibition.

‘Bring your own’ picnic and lunch followed by a blind wine tasting


Booking

If you wish to join us please book direct with Norma B (contact details are in the Membership Directory here ) 0r book online below.

Please respond by Friday 12th May as we need some idea of numbers for the visit.

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


Directions

To Concours des Vins, Chasis de Portier, 33710 Bourg sur Gironde.

From the Bordeaux Rocade take the A10 north direction Paris. Exit junction 40A sign posted Royan, Saintes, Blaye. Follow directions to Blaye on the D/N137, at crossroads by Pugnac village turn left onto D23 towards Bourg sur Gironde.

As you start to enter Bourg, after the 2nd sleeping policeman on the right you will see a car park and the Chais de Portier building. Take it slowly as you turn right as the entrance to the car park is immediately on the right. Walk round to the entrance to the Concours des Vins which is on the other side of the building. (45 02’36”N 0 33’08”W).

Directions from Concours des Vins to Lansac Windmill located at the lieu-dit “le Grand Puy”.

Exit the car park turn left towards Pugnac you will see signpost to Lansac, take SECOND turn on the left before La Poste signed Lansac and Moulin du Grand Puy.

At the wine co-op go straight across a staggered crossroads and downhill to the Lansac Mairie. Over hig sleeping policeman and turn immediately right, uphill and again right up a steep hill to the car park on the right hand side.

All is signposted in beige signs to ‘Moulin du Grand Puy’ (45 03’53”N, 0 32’21”W)


 

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




 

Gite Holiday: Near Perpignan 25th - 29th September 2017 (4 nights)


FULLY BOOKED


Update

Fully booked


Description

The Gite is located in the heart of a historic vineyard near Perpignan and the Mediterranean comprising:

  • 5 double rooms with unique decorations and private bathroom
  • 2 suites on the ground floor overlooking the garden
  • Large living and dining room overlooking a terrace and a flowery garden.
  • One fully equipped kitchen gives you the opportunity to cook but also to receive a ready meal. (on request)
  • Relaxation area with whirlpool, sauna and exercise bike.

Full details of the gite are on their website here


Nearby

Less than a 20 minute drive to Perpignan, former capital of the Kings of Majorca and the Counts of Roussillon. Perpignan changed hands repeatedly during the medieval period until it finally became French territory with the Treaty of the Pyrenees of 1659. Too far from the coast to become a port, the town developed into a cloth-making centre by the early middle ages. Perpignan’s Top 5 are:

  • Palais des Rois de Majorque. The number one sight in Perpignan has been the focus of the town’s success and growth over the centuries. Originally used as a king’s residence during the twelfth to fourteenth centuries, today it’s really only the gardens and the courtyard of this imposing citadel that are worth a visit.
  • Saint-Jean quarter. For an idea of Perpignan’s prosperous past take a wander through the network of narrow lanes in this district and take in the splendour of the fourteen and fifteenth century mansions and stately homes which make up this atmospheric part of the town.
  • Cathédrale Saint-Jean. Functioning as Perpignan’s cathedral since 1602, the exterior walls of this  imposing structure are particularly noteworthy: layers of stones from the local river bed have been squeezed in-between the brick.
  • Jardin de Sant-Vicens. These gardens on Rue Sant Vicens are not only full of exotic orange trees and Oleanders, but they’re also the place to look for ceramic pots and textiles which are on sale here.

Agenda
  • Arrive Monday 25th September and depart Friday 29th September (ie Four nights)
  • Seven rooms with private bathrooms are available (five double rooms and two suites)

 


Model Railway Exhibition: Andernos


If you are interested in trains of yesterday and today, you must not miss this magnificent exhibition of steam, electric and digital trains which are fully functional and running through stations, towns and beautiful landscapes on an M size gauge, all wonderfully made by technicians and artists.

The members of the Model Railway Club are the keepers of memories and national heritage which have often disappeared. The decor is constructed by the members who use old cardboard calendars and is often a copy of existing buildings.

This exhibition would appeal to adults and children alike and the entrance is free so come along and appreciate the craftsmanship of these dedicated volunteers.


Venue

Salle du Broustic (opposite the tourist office), Esplanade du Broustic (behind the Place du Marche and the Post Office), 33510 Andernos les Bains

We will meet at the Salle du Broustic at 10.30 on Saturday 25th February.


Lunch

Lunch is at the restaurant Boulevard 136 located at 136,Boulevard de la Republique, 5 minutes drive from the exhibition centre on the main street going towards Audenge on the left hand side.

The menu is 16€ including starter, main course and dessert.


Booking

If you would like to attend the exhibition and/or the lunch, then please contact Colette direct as soon as possible or 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