Aquitaine Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd
  • Local Customs
    by machomikemd

Aquitaine Local Customs

  • Caves de Jurançon at Gan

    This could be a things to do too, but since it relates to a historical cellar cooperative of wines very special to this region I am posting it here.the caves de Jurançon is awesome, unique product ,local and very French, well basque/béarnaise could be more ::)We knew there was an open house on August 14th at Gan with the Caves des Jurançon a wine...

  • Watch a corrida

    “Death in the afternoon” is a book by Ernest Hemingway, not a novel but impressions and descriptions of the corrida world in Spain in the twenties. This book is an excellent introduction to corrida and all the people who live their aficion with passion. The world has changed, the look of the western world at this custom also; but this custom is...

  • Small graveyards

    In not too distant times protestants weren´t allowed to be buried in the village graveyards. Therefore you can see everywhere really small graveyards. Often on private property. The one that is on the property of my parents contains 4 graves. An old man comes a few times per year to attend them. He himself is around 70 and his grandparents and...

  • After and around

    The sixth bull is dead, near the entrance, the toreros share their “emotions” of the afternoon, they meet their fans and prepare to go back to Spain for a new corrida.I am not sure they are really happy, looking at their faces when they come out from the arena; There is a chapel in the arena (picture 3) and they make a short stop there before the...

  • It is all over.

    The sword is deep in his neck, the peones make him turn, he will soon fall. The “undertakers team comes then with the mules to tug the bull away ; looking at the face of the mule driver, he seems not exactly happy of what he does, but who knows what he thinks? The matador made a “good job” and salutes the public who makes a standing...

  • La faena (continued)

    The toro is exhausted, the “natural” passes are slower, and the bull, after, does almost not anymore “want” to fight and the matador, turns his back to the bull, demonstrating his domination on the animal; Then comes the sword; it is a pathetic time, as all will be finished very soon; it is also, by the way the most dangerous moment for the...

  • Tercio Tres, la faena

    During the faena, the matador guides the bull with the muleta, a red cloth, hanging on a stick and the sword. During the first part of this phase the matador shows his “skills” to guide the bull, make him fight in rhythm, make him build a sort of a death choregraphy; if it is good, the music plays. At the beginning, the bull is still strong and...

  • Tercio Dos

    Now comes the cavalry, with the picadores. The bull is “guided at the right moment to the horse which it charges; the picador pushes his lance in the neck of the animal who does not leave pressure if he is “brave”. This cruel operation is mainly (in tauromachic technical vision) intended the test the bravery of the bull and the weaken him,...

  • Tercio Uno

    Six bulls will be fought in the afternoon; the corrida lasts for 2 hours, so each bull has about 20 minutes to live when he comes in the arena.For each bull the fight is divided into three thirds (tercios): entrance of the bull and testing the bull with the capa, the wide pink and yellow cloth. If the bull is willing, and the skill full torero,...

  • Ahem... the Fête des Ours

    Well, I only hope the Virtual Tourist censors don't read this tip!!!!!Every February the city of Pau stages the Fête des Ours. This is a popular event watched by families from the roadside. The pictures made my jaw drop :-))Men disguise themselves as brown bears. They rampage down the street with ...erm how can I say? Well... large male organs...

  • Those strange but pretty Béarnais roofs

    Roofs on houses and farms in Béarn are very different from anywhere else. They are often very steep, but the bottom near the eaves curves outwards to become shallow! Like a BIG hat.Béarnais houses are often built using the large round stones (galet)from the river beds. Rivers in Béarn are called 'Gave's'. They wash tons of stone and rock down from...

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