Walk, lunch, chateau visit and exhibition of 20th century art: Gradignan – 21 November 2014


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