‘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


Walk, Talk and Lunch down by the Riverside with Alain - Bordeaux Right Bank: Thursday 12th April


A day in three optional parts to discover or re-discover Bordeaux from the right bank.  Our walk takes us over the Garonne and then from the “Eiffel” railway bridge to Pont Chaban-Delmas.

Bordeaux is at It’s best seen from the right bank, with a panoramic vista covering 1,000 years of development from Romanesque Abbaye de Sainte Croix, the still developing Parc aux Angéliques, modern Bordeaux Bastide, the Jardin Botanique and much more.

The first part starts with a walk from our meeting point near the Conservatoire, crossing over the river to have a look at the railway bridges. The walk progresses along the right bank through the delightful riverside gardens of the Parc aux Angéliques to Place Stalingrad. Along the way Alain will point out places of interest to us.

The walk is about 2.5 kms to our lunch at La Maison Brasserie in Place Stalingrad.

Comfortable walking shoes or boots are advised.


Lunch

The second part is a lunch of three courses with coffee for 17€ (wine is extra) at the restaurant:

Le Maison Brasserie. 15 Place de Stalingrad, 33100 BORDEAUX.

For a map, please click here


After Lunch Walk

After lunch we walk towards Pont Chaban-Delmas with great views over the grand river front, Place de la Bourse, the various steeples and towers that grace the skyline of old Bordeaux and also with a look at contemporary Bordeaux-Bastide, the Espace Darwin (site of an old military barracks) and the new precinct of the Sud-Ouest.

The walk ends at Pont Chaban-Delmas with convenient cafes and Tram B. (Walk approx. 5 kms)

Comfortable walking shoes or boots are advised.


Meeting Place and Time

Meeting place: Tram C stop Sainte-Croix on the left bank. Map here  Recommend arriving by tram.

Tram C line has relay car parks at both ends of the line, at Blanquefort and at Bègles lycée Vaclav Havel.

Tram C connects with tram A line at Porte de Bourgogne (the 2 stops are alongside)

Tram C connects with tram B line at Quinconces where the 2 stops are 100m away from each other.

Meeting Time: 10.45


Booking

Join us for the whole day or just morning or afternoon as you prefer. ( or just lunch! )

To register, please contact Norma B direct or book online.  Norma”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 will 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.


 


 

Sunday 22nd April - St George's Day Celebration and Party: Cussac Fort Medoc


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FULLY BOOKED

Yes, we know that we are one day early but come and join us for our annual St George’s celebrations to enjoy yourself and remember or forget dragons and Brexiteers in a far away land !

This year we will be celebrating Saint George chez Michele and David at their home in Cussac Fort Medoc. with a British style lunch, together with live music courtesy of David Roberts with the Lafayette Club Band. Sorry no Morris Dancers but lunch, music and great company all for a king’s ransom of just 15€ per person !

Last year we were over booked. This year numbers are restricted to a maximum of 40 so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment particularly as this event is on Sunday.

The day starts at 12 noon to enjoy an aperitif together before settling down to a fish and chip lunch freshly prepared on site.

All will be undercover in case of rain.

The cost is 15€ per person. See the menu below and we ask you to ‘bring your own wine, glasses, plates and cutlery. We are also extending an invitation to a group from the ‘Lafayette Association’ who kindly entertained us at their 14th July celebrations last year.


Nearby

If you have not visited before make a morning visit to the historic site of Fort Medoc which was built to keep that pesky St George and the British fleet at bay !

Map here and historical information here


Menu

Aperitif

Salad and Charcuterie

Freshly cooked Fish and Chips

Selection of Desserts


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
ou
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


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)