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


Horse Racing at Le Bouscat Hippodrome : Tuesday 14th November

And the’re off! No, not a Brian Rix farce but a day at the races! Come and join us at Le Bouscat Hippodrome for lunch and a flutter.

The racecourse of Bordeaux le Bouscat hosts 31 meetings a year (over 230 races) including 20 nationals


Meet for Lunch

Meet for lunch at 12:00 in the highly acclaimed panoramic restaurant, La Table de l’Hippodrome, and enjoy a three course menus (either 25€ or 30€ excluding wine) whilst also enjoying an exceptional view of the course and the racing.


The Racing

After lunch we can go onto the terrace to continue following the racing and behind the stand is the paddock where you can check out the form of the horses before having a flutter. This particular event is a trot where the jockeys sit on a chariot behind the horse and the horses race at a fast trot. This is very peculiar to France, rarely seen at British meetings, so should be interesting for the uninitiated.

 


Access and Directions

Access to the Hippodrome is just of the Rocade junction 7. There is ample free parking and entry into the stadium is free. There are open and covered terraces as well as bookie facilities for those wishing to bet.


Booking

Please book online or book direct to Charles W ( 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 Charles within 48 hours then your booking has not been recorded and we ask you to contact Charles direct for your booking confirmation


Map and Directions


 

Tauzia Fete les Jardins


20, 21 & 22 OCTOBRE – EDITION AUTOMNE 2017

After the success of the first two editions of the festival Tauzia Gardens in Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017, the Association of Friends of Tauzia have organised the third edition on Friday 20th, until Sunday 22nd October.

Come and meet over 80 exhibitors specialists of the plant world: nurserymen, gardeners, craftsmen, artists and exceptional artists.

You will have the opportunity to buy plants, flowers and shrubs in the privileged setting of an english park at Le Château de Tauzia

You can also get tips to keep your garden and follow short nature classes and informative on specific themes.


Address

Château de Tauzia
216 Cours du Général de Gaulle
33170 Gradignan

Tel: 05 09 08 08 08

www.tauzia.fr



 

Tour of Stade Matmut Atlantique: Bordeaux - Tuesday 3rd October


The magnificent Stade Matmut Atlantique was inaugurated on 18th May 2015 and is situated in the Bordeaux Lac area. The cost of construction was 183,000,000 Euros and took 3 years to complete. The unusual design of this imposing stadium was by the innovation of Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron.

The stade is home to Bordeaux’s football team, Les Girondins de Bordeaux, and also host to other sporting events and concerts. The UBB rugby club, which has the largest spectator attendance of all the top 14 rugby clubs, will play several of their ‘gala’ games at the stadium in the 2017-18 season.

The stade has 42,115 seats in the soccer and rugby configurations. The arena is multi-functional and has in addition to the sports configurations, three concert configurations. One configuration with the stage at the north, a second with the stage facing west and a third configuration with a central stage. There is a maximum capacity of 44,683 seats for concerts and was recently the venue for a concert by Celine Dion.

The stadium has a comprehensive app available for both Android and iOS called Stade Matmut ATLANTIQUE


Guided Tour at 14:00

The guided tour will be in English, the stadium is fully accessible for people with mobility problems. The tour will take us to all levels and to the private function areas. It is a very interesting and informative tour and one not to be missed.

The charge for the tour is 11€ per person payable to the BBC in advance..


Lunch at 12:00

Before the tour you may wish to join us for lunch. Mid-day at St Once Brasserie, the Stade’s restaurant.

The three course lunch (24€ payable at the restaurant):

Entrée, Plat chaud (choice of meat or fish), dessert, glass of wine or soda and coffee is 24 Euros.


Booking

If you would like to join us then please contact Norma B or Colette. Contact details for Norma and Colette are in the Membership Directory here or alternatively book online.

When booking, please indicate if you want to have lunch followed by the or if you only want to book the tour without lunch.

Payment for the tour is required in advance, so please send your cheque direct to Norma. Cheques should be made payable to the BBC for 11€ per person.

The closing date for bookings is Friday 29th September.

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

By car:

Depending on the direction you are travelling take either exit 4A or 4C and the stade is clearly signed. There are ample places to park around the stadium. If you are coming for lunch you can turn alongside the stadium and park next to the St Once restaurant.

By tram:

Take line C the stop is ‘Stade Matmut Atlantique/Parc Expositions. The journey takes approximately 30 minutes from Place Quinconces.



Visit to Kanaha Micro Brewery and Lunch: Biscarrosse - Friday 1st September


PLEASE NOTE CORRECTED DATE AND REVISED NAME OF RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH


Beer ‘Made In Landes’

We have organised a visit to hear about how the beer is made and afterwards sample twelve of the different brews !

The explanation of the process is very interesting and will be conducted in english.

The Kanaha is a micro brewery brews beers exclusively using organic cereal malts.

With Kanaha Beer ‘you will be sure to enjoy craft beer quality, natural flavors and prepared with passion’.

The owners had their business idea after several stays in the USA when enjoying beers from the many ‘craft brewers’.  Why the name Kanaha? In Hawaiian it means 40 and 40 is the department number of the Landes. Another connection for the owners was between the surf in Hawaii and the Atlantic surf on the beaches of Les Landes.

The beers are not filtered or pasteurized. Fermentation takes place in the bottle; a very natural process which generates a yeast sediment at the bottom of the bottle. As well as using organic malts, much attention is also paid to the selection of hops and organic spices. The process and procedures will be described in english.

About twelve different beers are brewed on a regular basis ranging from white to brown, slightly bitter beers and IPA. Other beers are produced regularly and also “limited editions”.


When and Where?

The tour of the brewery is at 10:00 so please arrive a little before:

BRASSERIE KANAHA,  212 Rue des Compagnons, 40600 BISCARROSSE

For a map, please click here: https://goo.gl/maps/EcjYTHTUCPR2


Lunch

If we have time after the brewery, we will visit the weekly Biscarrosse Market before walking to our lunch at:

L’Art Home (previously le Pub), Place Marsan, 40600 BISCARROSSE

For a map, please click here: https://goo.gl/maps/FiHmWuK5hNP2

Lunch will be three courses including wine and coffee for 19.50€ per person.  The menu choices are:

  • Entree choice from:
    • Salade Chèvre Chaude
    • Salade de Gesiers
  • Plat choice from:
    • Lasagne Maison
    • Piece du Boucher Grillee
    • Moules Mariniers
  • Desert choice from:
    • Cafe Gourmande
    • Nougat Glacé
    • Profiteroles
  • Includes 1/4 du Vin par personne et café

Buy some !


Booking

Please either book either direct with Norma B or Avril or online below. Contact details, if required, 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


 

Blaye Market & 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


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)


 

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)

 


Tour of Cité du Vin: Bordeaux - Monday 6th March

This dramatic, prestigious addition to Bordeaux’s riverside, adjacent to the new Chaban–Delmas bridge is the new Wine Experience, a ‘must’ for all. The interior compliments the exotic exterior !

We have organized a tour at a cost of 18€ per person. La Cite du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages and across all cultures and civilisations. The exhibition space covers 3,000 square metres and there are some twenty different themed areas which take you on a voyage exploring the many facets of wine across time and space.

A pre-programmed ‘guide companion’, available in different languages, will guide you around finishing at the Cite du Vin’s Belvedere, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Bordeaux while sipping a glass of wine from anywhere in the world.

For more information please see www.laciteduvin.com

Our visit will commence at 10.30 am, with a break for lunch and can be continued in the afternoon.


Lunch

A reservation has been made at LES TONTONS, a restaurant just 5 minutes’ walk from the Cité du Vin.

The price is 12 €uros for a starter and dessert from the buffet, or 15 €uros including a main course. Wine and coffee are extra.

Payment for lunch will be done individually on the day.

Otherwise, if you would prefer to eat in the Cite du Vin itself – there is a gastronomic restaurant and a snack bar – you will need to make your own arrangements.


Booking

To make a reservation please access via our website or contact Pamela Prior at

Please send a cheque in advance to Pamela for 18 € made payable to the BORDEAUX BRITISH COMMUNITY and also let Pamela know if you wish to be included in the group lunch 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

 

Please make your booking asap as we need to give an indication of numbers by FEBRUARY 15TH.


Directions

How about via a short river cruise ? The Bat3 ferry operates using regular Bordeaux Métropole public transport tickets (tickarte) like buses and trams. It leaves its pier at Quinconces (in front of La Belle Epoque) at 9.52-arriving at Cité du Vin (2nd stop) at 10.13 convenient for the 10.30 appointment.

For the return trip: it leaves Cité du Vin at 13.13; 14.13; 14.58; 15.43; 16.28 (last shuttle).

Alternatively there’s always Tram B from Pessac to the “Cité du Vin” stop, or free parking on quayside building sites a ten minute walk along Rue Lucien Faure away from the bridge!