Marciac is not the end of the world!
In Marciac are jazz lovers and their website has lots of information about what happens round the year in the Marciac musical world; there are even music courses (telephone: 05 62 09 39 55) for children in this 1200 inhabitants village. . .
The municipality website] offers lots of information about local life, lodging and activities in the area.
If you are in Marciac for the summer festival, the tourist office on the central square of the village has very helpful people who even speak English!
Marciac, in the Gers department of France is located 30 km from Tarbes, 65 km from Pau, about one hour drive from the wonderful Pyrenees mountains and one and a half hours from the beaches of the Atlantic. It is located in a typical French countryside where food is considered as an art! Ah! The Madiran vineyards are not far also!
Marciac can only be reached with an individual car, from everywhere or from the Pau airport where it is possible to rent a car.
Countryside and village
The green countryside of Gers is really pleasant, with its little fields, small woods, small villages, skies, well, rural life in general; small hills, lakes, villages appearing at the turn of the road, it is like all had been done for the pleasure of the eyes.
In Marciac itself, there are the old houses around the central place, the church, shops, small museums (visit free!), exhibitions in small houses. . . Ah! Just enjoy!
Main picture is an evening on the corn fields and second picture shows a royal kite on a straw bundle; a side entrance of the church of Marciac captured my attention, small museum dedicated to jazz history installed in a stable, shops with art exhibitions or street vendors under the arcades on the last picture. . .
Jazz in Marciac
"Never heard about the Jazz festival of Marciac?"
This festival takes place every year in the small village of Marciac in the Gers depertment in France, not far from Pau or Toulouse; this festival is less known than Montreux (Switzerland) or Vienne or Antibes, but it is a wonderful one and the great artists who play in Marciac appreciate a lot:
The local food, hotels and homestays
Dee Dee Bridgewater, a few years ago was supposed to perform from 10 pm to 11:30, and she kept on stage, with the whole public “performing” with her till 3 am; I did not believe when I first heard it, but other confirmed; so in Marciac, the artists communicate with the public, more than in other “chic” places, and that makes the secret of the success of “Jazz in Marciac”, which gets more and more known and is now broadcasted live on Radio France. Other great jazz men (and women) tell lots of memories about their experience in Marciac, because it is one, specially for those coming from over the Atlantic.
In Marciac is the official festival, which takes place in the arena or a big tent mounted on the rugby field, and there is the off festival, the one which takes place in the streets, in bars, or on a stage on the main place of the village; many bands play there, and in the afternoon or evening it is a pleasure to listen to these musicians, while having a drink or even a dinner before going to the official show.
"Marciac has not only a Jazz festival"
Marciac is a nice little village in the Gers (The place where the famous movie: “Le bonheur est dans le pré” takes place), an archetypal countryside area, with wonderful food, nice villages and places around; sorry, one of the local specialties is goose or duck liver (the stuffed geese. . ). So called nature lovers, ecologists, animal rights defenders and who knows what else stubborn narrow minded integrist militants and ayatollahs, scream so much (they even do not realize they are manipulated by politicians and lobbies, who want to tax European food going to US or elsewhere, but of course want to feed European with US, or from elsewhere plastic food) in order to try to forbid this duck or geese stuffing.
Ah, it was about music here. . . Ah, the country side is beautiful. .