Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Week 17 2017


This coming weekend, St Emilion opens its doors for 3 days of visits, tastings and activities.  Over 80 chateaux are opening their doors and inviting you in.  For a full list of these places follow this link

As part of the celebration of wine, the Barrel Rouleurs will be out in the villages with daily displays.  There are running races through the vines and many of the chateau are offering lunch menus and art and craft exhibitions.  A detailed programme is here.

A Rouleur with a barrel

Monday 1 May is a Jour Ferie (bank holiday) so the St Emilion Portes Overtes rolls over to the Monday and there are loads of shopping and browsing options out and about for the Monday.
Whatever you do over the coming week, have a great time in the Gironde and Dordogne regions.

Best wishes,

Week 17 2017

22 April - 8 May : Brocante des Quinconces in Bordeaux

Monday 24 April

Tuesday 25 April

25 April 18h : Le English Choral Experience in the church at Gensac

Wednesday 26 April

Thursday 27 April
27 April 5h : The Eden Cinema in Monsegur is showing an Avant Premiere of Molly Monster

Friday 28 April

Saturday 29 April 

29 April : Vide grenier and fête du printemps at Saint-Germain-du-Puch 

29 April : Flower and Honey Fair in Libourne centre 

 29 April 14h30 : La Mediateque in Branne is holding a seminar on prehistoric art as an intro to the 
Samedis de Cabara.. All welcome

29 April 17h30 : Samedis de Cabara, this week the theme is 'Pourquoi l'art des Cavernes?' - Why do we have cave art? Free entrance and all welcome.

29 April Cabaret Tapas and dancing in Lamothe (though they're not keen to tell you that on the poster!)

29 April 21h : Jazz Chamber Orchestra Concert in the Salle du Foiral in Duras

29 - 30 April : Trail de St Emilion... get those running shoes on!

29 - 30 April : Sainte Terre celebrates the Lampoie, with a dinner on Saturday, and a lunch and a vide grenier on Sunday.

29 - 30 April : Musique et Gastronomie at Chateau Le Fleur Picon, St Emilion.

29 - 30 April : Art Exhibition in Saint Antoine sur L'Isle

29 - 30 April - 1 May : Portes Ouvertes in St Emilion, free entry to many of the Chateaux.  Barrel Rolling displays.

29 - 30 April - 1 May : Portes Ouvertes at Chateau Trapard in St Emilion. The barrel makers Nadalie will be there with a demonstration on Saturday

29 - 30 April - 1 May : Green Festival at La Cave des Vignerons de Puissegan Lussac St Emilion. Visits, tastings, exhibitions and local wines and products.

Sunday 30 April

30 April : Foire de Mai in Cadillac

30 April : Vide grenier, marché aux fleurs, marché artisanal in Gornac

30 April : Vide grenier - fete du printemps in La Sauvetat-du-Dropt

30 April : Vide Grenier in Ste Magne de Castillon 

 30 April : Vide grenier in Lamothe-Montravel

30 April : Vide Grenier in Menesplat 

30 April : Vide Grenier and Brocante in Sauveterre de Guyenne

30 April : Vide grenier in Saint Laurent des Hommes

30 April : Vide Grenier at St Terre

30 April : Vide grenier and  "Bouquet aux 1000 fleurs" Village in Levignac de Guyenne 

Monday 1 May

1 May : Vide grenier and floralies in St Meard-de-Gurcon  

1 May : Vide Grenier in Villefranche de Lonchat

1 May : Vide Grenier in Moulon

1 May : Marche des Fleurs and Vide grenier in Pellegrue

1 May : Vide Grenier in Frontenac

1 May : Fete des Fleurs in La Reole

 Coming up...


And finally

1st May also called May Day, La Fête du Muguet, La Fête du Travail in France is a public holiday to campaign for and celebrate workers rights. It is also an occasion to present lily-of-the-valley to loved ones.
King Charles IX of France was presented with lily of the valley flowers on 1st May 1561. He liked the gift and decided to present lily of the valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on 1st May. Around 1900, men started to present a bouquet of lily of the valley flowers to women to express their affection. The flowers are a more general token of appreciation between close friends and family members these days.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Week 16 2016


It was a packed out village in Castillon last weekend.  All the fun of the fair as the Easter funfair came to town.  Monday morning was particularly bust with the weekly market and the Easter fair both running at the same time!  I popped in a little bit early to see the calm before the storm (and pick up oysters).  I was intrigued to see the dodgems all lined up ready to go...


The oysters were delicious too!  Hot or cold - how do you like yours?

Whatever you do this week in the Gironde and Dordogne regions, have a great time.

Best wishes,

Week 16 2016

Monday 17 April
Tuesday 18 April
Wednesday 19 April
Thursday 20 April
Friday 21 April

21 April 21h : Cinema au Castillon. Free screening of Moliere at the Salle Cascante

21 - 22 April : Libourne Rotary are hosting a blood doning drive in Libourne.  See below for rules and regulations.  

Saturday 22 April

22 April 9h - 18h: Free Diabetes testing organized by the Lions club at the Centre Leclerc, Grand Pineuilh. There will be 1 doctor and 2 nurses.

22 April 11h : Vernissage for an Art Exhibition 'Les Rondes de Cathyka' at 44 rue Alsace Lorraine in Ste Foy.

22 April 20h : Fiesta Paella at the Salle des Fetes in Blasimon

22 April : Repas de Printemps in Caumont.  Tickets €16

22 April : Concert in the church at St Quentin de Caplong. All welcome

22 April 20h30 : Concert in Castillon at the Centre Culturel (next to Intermarche) ffeaturing music by Tchaikovsky and Vivaldi. Tickets €20

22 April - 8 May : Brocante des Quinconces in Bordeaux, it's big and you could bag a bargain!

Sunday 23 April

23 April : Vide Grenier at Lac de la Cadie in Mouliets et Villemartin

23 April : Arts and crafts sale in Pomerol

23 April : Les Puces de la Bastide in the centre of Ste Foy la Grande

23 April : Golf de Vigiers hosts the 14th Grande Lions Golf Trophy.

23 April 1940's Tea Dance at the Salle des Fetes in St Colombe de Lauzun

Coming up...

And finally...

As promised - Simnel cake.