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    Casino at lacanau océan

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013

    nice size casino but loaded, not far from the beach; Voie du Baganais, 33680 Lacanau Ocean

    it is open every day from 12h. You will find machines games, roulettes, black jack, and a cocktail bar as well as restaurant and a pool !!!. Entertainement is held on Fridays.

    http://www.guide-casino.com/casino-de-lacanau.htm#
    www.casinolacanau.com/
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    muséé du vins de Bordeaux

    by gwened Written Nov 24, 2013

    Cellier des Chartrons, 41 Rue Borie, 33000 Bordeaux just across from the quai des chartrons you will have a wonderful museum in the city with all the great bottles and tastings before even going to the real wine area of the médoc

    Its a smallist place for a museum but very compact, plenty to see the whole process with good documentation and great tastings.

    you have audioguides for 3€ to rent. It is open in the summer every day from 10h to 18h. the winter open everyday from 14h -18h except weekends opens 10h to 18h. The admission is 7€ with tastings or 5€ without for adults and so on.

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    big clocktower(porte St Eloi) of Bordeaux

    by gwened Written Nov 15, 2013

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    a unique building tower housing a big clock. A Landmark in Bordeaux and nice to stop by, on a picturesque street. Grosse cloche de Bordeaux.

    It is inscribe on the clocktower the following
    J'appelle aux armes (I call to arms)
    J'annonce les jours ( I announce the days)
    Je donne les heures (I give the hours)
    Je chasse l'orage ( I chase the storms)
    Je sonne les fêtes ( I announce the feasts)
    Je crie à l'incendie ( I call when fire).

    A bit of history
    It is one of the few civil (with the Cailhau gate) that the city retains from the middle ages. It has just been restored in 2011.

    It was built in the 15th century on the remains of the ancient Porte Saint-Eloy (also known as door Saint James) from the 13th century (backed by the Church of Saint - Eloi from the 12th century), opened on the rampart of the 13th century and under which passed the pilgrims of St James (Santiago de Compostela). Where the name of the Saint-James Street nearby.

    It is composed of two circular 40 meters high towers linked by a central building and dominated by the Golden leopard. Originally it was a set of four round and crenellated towers to which were attached to the 12th century, two other towers and amounted to a floor. These last two were at the location of the middle of the present course Victor Hugo who at the time was a ditch along the rampart. All successive changes made between the 15th and the 17th century will transform the primitive appearance of this door become belfry.

    The magistrates of the city sounded the Bell to give the signal of the harvest and alert the population in the event of start of fire. This is the reason why it has always been the symbol for the city and still appears on the coat of arms of the city.

    Bordeaux were very attached to this Bell. Moreover, when the King wanted to punish them for their insubordination, it was sufficient to remove it from Bordeaux by King Henri II and broken to punish them for their revolt of 1548 (the jacquerie of the pitauds); clock tower Bell returned in 1561 to the delight of the good people. After the fire of 1755, campanile was done with a crown towers covered pepper-shaped.

    At the centre of the grille wrought iron (18th century) which closes the tower bay in which is located the Bell, a coat of arms represents the arms of the city while north face, grimacing gargoyles of the 15th century remain with, below, inscriptions carved on black marble and dated 1592.

    The current Bell was cast in June 1775 by refiner Turmel. It weighs 7,800 kg for two meters high. She rang the commemoration of the victory of May 8 1945, since due to its weight and the risk of cracks that cause the vibrations of the Bell, it did ring that on a few occasions, its refitting in the campanile, following its restoration and during the visit of General de Gaulle in the city April 10, 1961.

    It sounds annually five times per year. 1 January (new year), may 8 (May 8, 1945 victory), on 14 July (national holiday), August 28 (liberation of Bordeaux in 1944) and on 11 November (Armistice of 1918) in the presence of many spectators at 11h.

    Represented on the vane, English leopard recalls the arms of the province of English Guyenne which Bordeaux was the capital. The clock built in 1759 by the plans of the mathematician and astronomer Paul Larroque has replaced that of 1567 performed by Raymond Sudre. Above it is a dial to solar equation.

    The tower can be visited from 14h to 17H and cost 5€ admission.

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    hotel de ville palais de rohan

    by gwened Written Nov 15, 2013

    This is a monument in Bordeaux, near the cathedral and tour beyland, wonderful architecture and history all in one.

    The area is great to see and be seen in the city and a great crossroads of people there.
    A bit of history to make you see it ::)

    The Rohan Palace was built for the Archbishop of Bordeaux Ferdinand Maximilien Mériadec of Rohan in 1771. (also the great shopping center is name after him Mériadec)

    Hotel of the Archdiocese until the Revolution, Hôtel du Département then seat of the Revolutionary Court in 1791, hotel of the prefecture in 1802, imperial palace of Napoleon I in 1808 and royal castle in 1815 under Louis XVIII, the palais Rohan became City Hall in 1835.
    This set is done in a style Louis XVI monumental, sober, balanced.

    The Palace has a portico of Ionic order preceding the cour d'honneur at the end of which is the harmonious façade in the pediment sculpted by Barthélemy Cabirol. It consists of a vast body of logis flanked by two low wings back square that connect it to a colonnade. The quadrangle thus bounded is closed by a portico with arcades open side street, in the center of which opens a monumental portal. Chanted by columns, the wall offers at first a scenery of arches. . In the background, a lively flat façade of a central stem is needed by its rigour and its drought.

    the rear façade is extended by two low pavilions with balusters which bays are surmounted by garlands. This drought in the lines and composition resulted from the presence of Victor Louis to Bordeaux, which at the same time developing the Grand Theatre. Inside, exhibits the paneling of Louis XVI style in lime tree wood are decorated with plant motifs made by the sculptor Barthélemy Cabirol.

    The Archbishop dite dining offers a trompe l'oeil decor in the Pompeian style. It was decorated in 1783-84 by the painter Giovanni Antonio Berinzago. It is said that it is in this room that the young Eugène Delacroix, then son of the prefect discovered his vocation.

    Other decor in the taste of the Renaissance selected reflects the refinement of Bordeaux interiors from this period. The staircase monumental located on the ground floor of the corps de logis is considered to be one of the masterpieces of French stereotomy. The municipal Council Chamber was built in 1889. It is characteristic of the official architecture of the third Republic.

    Finally, the building is surrounded by beautiful gardens in English style since 1882. On each side of the back garden lie two wings that were built in 1880 to house the Museum of fine arts. Two fires in 1862 and 1870 were of little damage to the exteriors, but changed the distribution of the interiors.

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    la ferme exotique de Cadaujac

    by gwened Updated Nov 6, 2013

    This is a wonderful family petting ,ride ,actual working farm just south of Bordeaux in the town of Cadaujac. We go here by car and often, since my kids are now young men we go less; but for children say under 16 is wonderful.

    A62 sortie 1 from Bordeaux by car. Domaine de la Roussie, 1932 Chemin du Port de l'Esquillot, 33140 Cadaujac

    open 363 days of the year! closed Dec 25 and Jan 1.
    January, November, and December from 13h-18h for the park, and 14h-17h for the animations.
    February and March 10h-19h for the park, 14h-17h30 for the animations.
    April, May, June, September, and October, 10h-20h for the park, 14h-18h30 for the animations.
    July and August, 10h-20h for the park, 14h-19h for the animations.
    the animations work on wednesdays, weekends and holidays and every day on vacation periods in France zone C.In low season and due for weather reasons or security some animations could be altered or closed.

    admission is Adults10,00€ and children (2 - 12 yrs old) 8,00€

    The park is centered around four themes, such as Eldorado City , Adventure Orientale, Expedition tropicale, and ferme d'antan (old world farm)

    There is,also, a museum of old carraiges items such as Roman wagons, carriages , berlines, small chariots, business vehicules of old, hippo cars, there are about 150 of them of which 100 are still in use.

    You can even take country dancing courses here yes . there is even a map of the park in pdf here
    http://www.fermeexotique.com/wp-content/uploads/PLAN-SANS-PARCOURS1.pdf

    And a presentation of their farm with music here
    http://lesecuriesdelafermeexotique.com/main.html
    to rent and see wagon drawn by horses.

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    lake lacanau Moutchie

    by gwened Written Nov 6, 2013

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    This is a huge lake about 2000 hectares with many nice places to relax, play and just family fun. You see it as you are arriving from Bordeaux into the town of Lacanau. Once the canal of lakes is passed you arrive at the lake in the village of Moutchic.
    You have a long beach covered with grass ,very nicely done. the swimming is with life guards, and you have boats, sailes, canoes, and pedal boats for rent.

    The families have picnic area under the shaded trees, water fountains and toilets are available. On the other side of the road, you have places to serve fries , crêpes,ice creams, and two restaurant with views on the lake.

    I need to dig more photos but just moved, just now beginning to get stuffs out.

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    Cathedral of Saint Caprais- Agen

    by gwened Written Jul 11, 2013

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    This is a wonderful church cathedral in city center walking distance from train station, and on a nice square. Pleasant and nice all around is activity.

    a bit of history
    Built in the 12th century on the site of an Episcopal Basilica built in the 6th century, sacked by the Normans in 853 and then restored, it was originally a collegiate church. She was raised to the rank of Cathedral in 1802.Sacked in December 1561, it became in 1791 a store to forage before be reopened in 1796 and become the official Cathedral of Agen, in place of the old cathedral Saint-etienne , in ruins.The main organ was donated by the Empress Eugénie in 1858. The Cathedral Saint-Caprais presents several architectural features: its Romanesque apse is extended by a Gothic ship with a single nave. Replacing a former wooden campanile, the current tower was built in 1835 at the initiative of the Bishop Mgr de Vezins Lévézou and presents the particularity of being composed of three Gothic stylistic elements (Gothic to lancets, radiant, Gothic Gothic flamboyant) curiously present in their reverse chronological order.

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    bridge of Stones Bordeaux

    by gwened Written Jun 7, 2013

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    pont de pierre over the river garonne in Bordeaux,,
    The bridge of stone, built on the orders of Napoleon I between 1810-1822, was designed by engineers Claude Deschamps and Jean-Baptiste Basilides Billaudel. 4,000 workers there worked. With a length of 487 meters, the bridge presents 17 arches built on 16 pylons. The width of the bridge, originally of 14.6 metres, has been extended to 19 metres in 1954. The bridge is built of stone and brick, with the particularity of contain empty spaces.

    The bridge of stone is linkj to city center Bordeaux by the cours Victor Hugo ,and the place Bir-Hakeim with the porte de Bourgogne at the neighborhood of Bastide by the place Stalingrad and avenue Thiers.

    work is expected by 2014 to 2015 so circulation will be closed. However, its one of the nice landmarks of the city. I love to drive on it, and go over the tracks now done for the tramway!

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    Morlanne - fighting off the English

    by aaaarrgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    12km north of the RN117, between Pau and Orthez, is the très jolie village of Morlanne. It is here, in the 14th century, that Gaston Fébus built a large castle to defend Béarn from the English.

    The castle fell into disrepair until it was bought by Raymond and Hélène Ritter in the 1940's. They lovingly restored the edifice to its original splendour. Hélène lived in her château until she died two years ago, at an advanced age.

    Morlanne has an extremely picturesque main street which links the Church (on the main road) with the Château (on its hill). There is a tea-shop, an information office and a very interesting sculpture studio here.

    The church is very unusual, looking more like another castle. It is in a poor state, very slowly being repaired. The carved front doors are wonderful.

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    Chateau de Lescours

    by Mique Updated May 19, 2009

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    I had read something about this castle but hadn't given it much thought until i drove past it on my way to the menhir. On the road between St-Sulpice-de-Faleyrens and the menhir at Pierrefitte, you 'll find this place. I made a quick stop on my way back. The place isn't open for visits i guess or maybe when you go for wine tasting. Though i didn't see a sign indicating that it was possible. Then again, i didn't go up to the front door and ask, which maybe i should have done.

    The castle was the refuge for Henry de Navarre in the 16th century. And it is rumoured that Louis XIV also came here for refuge for a while.

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    The menhir of Saint-Sulpice-de Faleyrens

    by Mique Updated Dec 14, 2007

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    This megalith is the biggest in south-west France and is about 5 meters high.

    It is the biggest attraction of this small village that is just a few kilometers away from St-Emilion. But still it isn't very easy to find. When i drove to St-Sulpice i just took the rule of thumb that in case it wasn't indicated otherwise i would need to go straight on. This worked very well until i got in St-Sulpice itself and i had to choose between a left turn and a right one. And of course no sign in sight. I decided to turn right in the direction of the church. I went out, looked at the church, found i couldn't go inside and headed back to my car. That is when i saw a sigh 'Megalith de Pierrefitte'. Assuming that the area wasn't littered with menhirs i followed this sign. So i drove out of St-Sulpice and suddenly saw from a side glance that i just passed the damned menhir. It is on the left side of the street when you come out of St-Sulpice and stands in a field, just of the road. So did a u-turn as soon as i could and drove back.

    It is a strange sight, this huge stone standing there already for thousands of years. For no apparent reason. And it felt even more strange with the traffic roaring by at such a close distance. Very unreal

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    Mussels hard as rock

    by Mique Updated Dec 14, 2007

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    Ste -Croix-du-Mont is famous for the 'rock' it is build on. 25 million years this was the seabed and home to a vast colony of mussels. They stayed behind when the sea drew back.

    There is also a castle though you can't see much of the interior because it is in use. You can find the 'tourist office' there. And from the terrace in front of the castle you have a very wide view over the area. Very nice. According to the sign here one should be able to see the Pyrenees and Bordeaux. Though they might just as well have been indications of the direction because i stared and stared but i couldn't distinguish either of them..

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    Castelmoron d'Albret

    by Mique Updated Dec 14, 2007

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    Castelmoron d'Albret is the smallest administrative community in France. And it is very picturesque as well. There live around 60 people (give or take a birth or death) so it doesn't take long to visit. Although if you head to the Marie they might be willing to show you the defense cellars and the old jails they have downstairs. And i did love to walk around the place. So nice to take photographs here. It definitely is worth a stop if you are in the neighbourhood.

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    Arthez-de-Béarn – a view to French living

    by aaaarrgh Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    I guess you could say Athez-de-Béarn is on the 'beaten track' because it lies on one of the pilgrimage routes to Santiago-de-Compostella. Arthez is a 5km detour north from the RN117, between Pau and Orthez. It is très agréeable and stretched 2km along a high ridge, overlooking the Pyrenees Mountains (when they are visible).

    The village has an attractive main street. You can sit in front of the church and watch the sun set over the Pyrenees. There is also a tableau pointing out what you can see from here.

    Arthez has a complete set of busy shops and businesses - a baker, post office, cafe and bar, supermarket, clothes shops, a butcher... an estate agents, driving school, hairdressers, barbers, dentist, doctor etc. etc.

    The centre of the village's activity is the Cafe des Sports on the main Sqaure, where you can get a good cup of coffee, beers and croissants. Good cheap meals can be obtained in the pleasant cafe/bar opposite. There is a cheap and cheerful 'Gite Communale' on Rue la Carrere.

    At the far east end of the village is the ancient Chappelle de Caubin, built by the Knights of Malta.

    Visit my new Arthez-de-Béarn Page.

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    Le Petit Train d'Artouste

    by aaaarrgh Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    It may be the little train but, 2000 metres up in the Pyrenees mountains, it is the highest train in Europe. The train was built in the 1920's to take men to build the reservoir, which is at the 2000m point.

    Two small brightly coloured trains shuttle visitors backwards and forwards from one end of the 10km track to the other. The whole journey takes about an hour. There is a large ticket centre, shop etc at the start of the journey and a small, basic (but very friendly) cafe at the reservoir.

    To reach the railway from the lake and ski resort, you must take an exciting trip in a small cable car. This swings you high above the trees and deposits you near the top of the pistes (no snow - they are dry and grassy in Summer). Views of the mountainside are amazing. If you are lucky you will see several wild marmots, like black rabbits without the ears.

    Be warned, it can get cold and wet at 2000m up a mountain. The sides of the train are open to the air. Make sure to wear something warm, or have a coat handy!!

    Artouste is close to the Spanish border, approximately 35km due south from Pau. The journey by road through the mountains to the Lac d'Artouste is very picturesque.

    The petit train has struggled with funding but so far it has managed to open every summer. See their new website for latest info

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