Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Week 30 2017


So many of us managed to catch the Tour de France in either Bergerac or Eymet!  Thank you so much for the great photos from MRR and DB, so close you can touch our heros!

If you are suffering from Cycle race withdrawal symptoms, not to worry, Bardet et Barguil will both be racing in Castillon at the Critérium on 1st August.

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

Best wishes,




Week 30 

The Vibrations d'ete en Pays Foyen.  Concerts and music in Pays Foyen.  No webpage but find out more on facebook 'Vibrations d'été en Pays Foyen'  Please be aware that some of the timings from the last week newsletter have changed.  See below for the new times.

Monday 24 July

Tuesday 25 July

25 July : Night markets in Castillon and Eymet

Wednesday 26 July

26 July : Night markets in Lamonzie St Martin and Blasimon with Kevin Rouzier

Thursday 27 July

27 July 10h30 : Pestacle pour les Enfants at the Chateau de Rauzan €4.

27 July : L'Apero Fronsac, music, food and wines are presented by the Vignerons de Fronsac

27 July : Les Garcons d'a Cote in concert at La Plage in Castillon

27 July : Night markets in St Antoine de Breuilh, Ste Foy la Grande at the Terrasse Francoise Mitterand and Les Jeudis Gourmands in Eymet.

Friday 28 July 

28 July 12h30 : SWAT (South West Animal Team) are holding a fundraising lnch at the Auberge de l'Esclade in Montpon Menesterol. For information contact Diana French Millet Tel. +33 5 53824255

28 July : Night markets in Villefranche de Lonchat, Bonneville and the Jardin Public in Ste Foy la Grande

28 July : Chateau de Rauzan has a Marche nocturne supersized!  with Mexican and Serbian folk dancing, and fireworks.

28 July : Les nocturnes de la Bastide in Libourne

28 July : L'Etape Gasconne hosts a soiree concert with the Trio Jazz Manouche Djangophil

28 July : Marche Gourmand at the Recyclerie in Pessac.

28 - 29 July : Battle of Castillon.  It's not too late to book your tickets here

28 July :

The Chamber Orchestra of Gironde celebrates 30th Anniversary

The Gensac Music Festival is celebrating 30 years of world class music presented each summer, right here in our own backyard.  To mark the occasion artistic director Scott Sandmeier proposes an exceptional program with musicians of international renown:  Les "Concerts Découvertes" and a special "Weekend Anniversary. "

The "Weekend Anniversary" begins with the Vivaldi Concert, Friday 28 July,  Gensac church, 21 h.     Saturday 29 July a convivial pique-nique musicale - "Humor at the Harpsichord" - by Christopher Hainsworth will take place in the Romanesque church of Coubeyrac at 12h30.  The public is invited to bring their picnic to enjoy the surrounding gardens and meet the musicians.  The after-concert aperitif is offered by the village.   The Sunday 30 July “Grand Concert” Gensac church, 18h, features the Orchestra with soloist Clara Pouvreau; cello (Schumann) and soloist Denis Pascal; piano (Mozart).  Finale is Haydn Symphony no. 104 in D major.  A cocktail reception in the gardens follows the concert.

For the Concerts Découvertes, (Boccherini, Haydn, Dvorak, Karlowicz) several villages of Gironde open the doors of their splendid churches: Lapouyade 4 aout, Rauzan 5 aout, Gensac 6 aout, Pellegrue (Halle) 8 aout.  

For details:  Chamber Orchestra of the Gironde / email:  Tel: 05 57 47 46 67 Office of Tourism   or  06 83 30 14 35  OCG

The Gensac Concerts tend to sell out, so buy your ticket in advance, or plan to arrive at the church a little early. 

28 - 30 July : Naujan et Postiac en Fete, petanque on Friday, Fireworks on Saturday, Vide grenier on Sunday and lots lots more!

Saturday 29 July

29 July : Vignonet en Fete de la Cale and fireworks at 23h! 

29 July Nova Swing in Concert at the Taverne du Belvedere.

29 July : Vivaldi Conceto at the church in Bossugan.  Free entry.

29 July : Live music with Gelem Gelem at the Gensake in Gensac

29 July : Belgian Beers and live music at La Fleur Picon, St Emilion

29 July 19h30 : Summer night market at Chateau Font Vidal, live music, local wines and food.
Reservations recommended. 05 57 40 55 58

Sunday 30 July

30 July : Fete de la Riviere in Lamothe Montravel. Try your hand at kayaking or Paddle board from 15h.

30 July : Vide Grenier at Monfacon

30 July : Vide grenier in Pujols

30 July : Marche gourmande at midday in Soumensac and in the evening at Lamothe Montravel

Coming up...

Tuesday 8th August. 7pm PORT ST FOY Secret Curry Club are hosting a curry night. Please see the menu below with contact details to make a booking. Once booked I'll send the exact address (that's the secret!!) So, if anyone fancies a curry we'll be there.
If you need any more info, please let me know.

And finally...

We went to watch the Battle of Castillon and it doesn't disappoint.  There are changes from the show last year and it's more dynamic, with more crowd scenes, I'm always happy to see that the dentist is still at work. 

The lights, the sound and the action are all wonderfulMy favourite part where the horses run free is still there What more can I say, if you haven't been, it's a great show and there's still 4 weekends to run.


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Week 29 2017


Wow!  Castillon fireworks were amazing, Flaujagues fireworks could bee seen along the valley and Pessac fireworks were sabotaged 😕

My favourite were at Castillon, this time they had a waterfall of sparkles from the bridge and fireworks that floated down stream on the water like little magical boats.

Thank you to LS for this fabulously atmospheric photo. 

Plenty more to do in the Gironde and Dordogne regions as the summer season really gets going. 

Whatever you do, have a great week.
Best wishes,

Week 29 2017

Monday 17 July

17 - 21 July  and 31 July - 4 August : Vacances Buissonniers, nature and archeology for 7 - 12 year olds

17 - 19 July and 19 - 21 July : Theater courses for 6 - 14 year olds

Tuesday 18 July

18 July : Castillon night market - the first of the season

18 July : Eymet night market

Wednesday 19 July

19 July : All Wednesdays through July and August Chateau de Vayres are holding a mediaval here
afternoon for children and families.  Reservations and more information
19 July 17h30:  La Ferme à Roulettes et A Terre A Cheval have an evening "Apéro Horse & Wine"  This includes a 1h30 rides through the vines (horseback or in the carriage) with an apero stop to taste the wines and enjoy a seasonal plate.  €55/person
Marie-Camille TROGAN - 06 50 07 41 75 -
Charlotte - 06 65 51 88 46 -


19 July : Soiree gourmande et festive at Porte Ste Foy et Ponchapt

19 July : Blasimon night market with la Band'a l'envers

19 July : Night market at Lamonzie St Martin

Thursday 20 July

20 July : Night market at Terrasse François Mitterand, Sainte-Foy-La-Grande

20 July : Les Jeudis Gourmands, Eymet

Friday 21 July

21 July : Night market in Flaujagues

21 July :Les vendredis d'ete en Pays Foyen at the Jardin Public on Ste Foy with Mata Gabin

21 July : Battle of Castillon.  It's not too late to book your tickets here

21 July : Night market in Pellegrue

21 July : Night market at Villefranche de Lonchat

21 - 22 - 23 July : Saint Emilion Jazz festival.  Free concerts in l'Espace guadet.  Find out more here

21 - 22 July : DAD'Accordeur CAMP for children 8 - 12 , a Summer camp for Rock and Videa at St Denis de Pile

Saturday 22 July

22 July :  Battle of Castillon.  It's not too late to book your tickets here

22 July : Tablee Nocturne in Gensac

22 July : Concert at the Gensake with Geoffrey Lucky Pepper

22 July : Big Ed and the Red Balls perform at L'imprevu in Issac

22 - 23 July : Put your nose to work in St Emilion at the Cloitre de la Collegiale

22 - 23 July  : La Fete a Terre following a week on water Les Chantieres Tramasseet offer a musical extravaganza at Le Tourne and Langoran 

Sunday 23 July

23 July : 13eme Fete Cantonal in Villefranche de Longchat

23 July : Vide Grenier in Menesplet

23 July : Vide grenier at Les Leves et Thoumeyragues

23 July : Les Puces de la Bastides in Ste Foy centre

23 July 17h : L'Oiseau-Luth in Concert at the church in Pujols

23 July - 6 August : Vibrations d'ete en Pays Foyen.  Concerts and music in Pays Foyen.  No webpage but find out more on facebook 'Vibrations d'été en Pays Foyen'

23 July - 6 August : Les arts au chateau in Saussignac

Coming up...

And finally...

This looks fun, dining out in the vines!

I am food blogger and this summer am running a series of pop-up dining events called Dine in the Vines. We offer an intimate dinner for up to 6 people. Home cooked, locally sourced 4 course dinner in the vines of Saint Emilion. Every Sunday & Monday evening during June, July & August. Bring your own wine and we'll sort the rest out. 
For the current list of menus, please visit our website or call me, Celine at 0679281365