Unique Places in Aquitaine

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    church Saint Léon, St Leon sur Vézere

    by gwened Written Oct 15, 2014

    This is a nice old architectural nice romanesque church of the 12C. The building is simple with one nave and a transept that has an abside where the altar is surrounded by two chapels . It has a belltower in two levels and four corners rooftop. The walls are surrounded by 5 arches with colonnades and sculpture chapters. It has frescos of several periods and all restore in 1965.
    During the summer, the Church holds the wonderful music festival of the Périgord Noir area.

    Nice passing by and beautiful Aquitaine region. The town is also one of the most beautiful villages of France.
    http://www.france-beautiful-villages.org/en/saint-leon-sur-vezere

    church of Saint Leon
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    Church Saint André, Monflanquin

    by gwened Written Sep 23, 2014

    Very nice old church in wonderful country of the Lot-et-Garonn in Aquitaine.

    As in many bastides you will find the northeast angle of the central square surrounded by corniéres or the cover roofs of the Guyenne.

    The remaining of the church built in 1250 -1290 are the wall base and the porch of Agenais gothic style. The church was renovated in 1715. The nave vault is rebuilt in 1824.The belltower takes its aspect as square tower with crowns from fortifications in 1923.

    It felled down and needed to be rebuilt, the back chevet was added to place the stained glass higher up.

    Church of Saint Andr�� coming close to the tympan left side looking at the church place des arcades the church behind
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    Chateau d'Andurain, Mauléon-Licharre

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    a nice castle passing by with the road warrior; here is the take from the city site translated.

    Large rectangular residence confined of pavilions, the castle was built at the very end of the 16C by Pierre de Maytie, Member of an old mauleonaise family which, among other things, three bishops of Oloron. The architecture is still marked by the Renaissance (shingle roof, window mullions and Gables, ornate dormers, mascarons, fireplaces carved).

    The triple keel of ship frame supports a huge roof shingles and slate. This work was done by carpenters specialize in the Navy. The building is completed by dependencies and a dovecote. The castle is still inhabited by descendants of the family of Maytie. We particularly note the richness of the interior decoration, the Baroque carved fireplaces; particularly well preserved furniture dates from the 17C.

    Tours and guided visits take place from 1 July to 15 September, every day at 11 h, 15 h, 16 h 15, 17 h 30, except on Thursdays, on Sunday morning, the holidays.

    Contact: Mr & Mrs Azémar at tel +33 (0) 5 59 28 04 18

    a nice way to drive and more from the area tourist office in French
    http://www.soule-xiberoa.fr/fr/territoire-tourisme/les-incontournables/patrimoine-bati/chateau-dandurain.html

    Chateau d'Andurain closeup plaque at Chateau arriving Chateau d'Andurain
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    église Saint Jean Baptiste, Mauléon-Licharre

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    driving and passing by nice towns on the way of the road warrior, stopped at this town to marvel at its Church.

    The city page tell us, that it was decided to be built in 1877 and the first stone was put in 1879 the church finally done in 1885.

    It has a néo gothic style and was done with the old stones from the previous Church at Licharre. The plan is of a latin cross with one nave and four transepts and a choir decorated in 1892.

    Nice square around it with hotel de ville and castle Andurain

    church of Saint John the Baptist the organ the nave at St John the Baptist side of church ceiling of church St John the Baptist
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    église Saint Barthélémy, Gan

    by gwened Written Aug 23, 2014

    while wandering around the town of Gan after the jurançon wine tastings, we came upon this Church in city center.
    The Church is located at 3 rue J-d'Albret, GAN, 64290 and this is their religious site
    http://diocese64.org/annuaire/eglise/457-saint-barthelemy

    not much is written on it on a quick look so have an article about things to see in Gan, the Church apparently is not one. However, it is a nice Church and good for stop over in city center when driving by this area like I do now with a photo ::)
    and I think as you can see it is a nice small Church indeed.

    Church Saint Barth��l��my chapel auteuil of the church right of altar nave of church from altar to back of church the side of the church and belltower
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    église Sainte Marie, Jurançon

    by gwened Written Aug 23, 2014

    this is a town famous for its wine that is just attached to the South of Pau on your way to the mountains of the pyrénées and Spain.

    Passing by we stop by this Church, very nice and surrounded by a huge cementary in city center at 1, Rue de Borja and ave du Gén Leclerc.

    for info on the city of Jurançon itself this is the mayor's office have it in history in French
    http://www.jurancon.fr/articles/un-peu-dhistoire

    and transports
    http://www.jurancon.fr/articles/les-transports-0

    and more history on the Church in French with photos.
    http://www.doyenne-pau-peripherie.fr/article-eglise-ste-marie-juran-on-111603066.html

    it tells the current Church goes back to 1860 replacing an older one on the site.The last work of rénovations goes back to 1995.

    a Landmark on the vast Pyrénées Atlantiques...this is the city a sharp contrast to what we know of the vinyards of Jurançon!

    church Sainte Marie or Saint Mary arriving at Church Sainte Marie the back of the church the road bridge going past it on the N134 road
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    église Sainte Marie Madeleine, Saint Palais

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2014

    A very nice Church of many épisodes of survival.

    The first church of the town was that of Saint Paul in the middle ages, it was replaced by another church in 1524. At this time it held the Chancellery that gave justice to all in the region sort of like a tribunal. This was in turn replaced by the Sénéchal of Navarre a temple of reformist religion Under Jeanne d'Albret and Henri IV. OF all this today only survives the bells and the services done in the new Church of Sainte-Marie Madeleine where the tomb of Saint Paul was transfered.

    The new Church of Sainte-Marie Madeleine was built between 1857 and 1859 in a neo-gothic style. THe organ was donated in 1888.

    the Church of Sainte Marie Madeleine is at 14 place Charles de Gaulle

    There is a big cementary on the side and back. THe bell porch in front and portrait were offered by Napoléon III,it has two lateral chapels. It is in the parcours or runs of the route of Santiago de Compostela.

    Church Sainte Marie Madeleine ceilings of Sainte Marie Madeleine the nave of Ste Marie Madeleine organ of 1888 portrait of the second coming of Jesus in chapel
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    église Saint Pierre des Vallées, Théze

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2014

    Church of St Peter at Théze just coming to or from Pau on the road D834. The Church dates from the 13C. It is best known for its huge belltower and its renaissance porch.

    A town passing by where we stop to load up on groceries.
    the city page in French
    http://www.theze64.fr/?page_id=488

    the religious site in French with more is here
    http://diocese64.org/annuaire/paroisses/151-saint-pierre-des-vallees-theze

    church Saint Pierre des Vall��es side from the road of church with belltower nave of church st pierre des vall��es
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    église de Saint Michel, Montaner

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2014

    This is an old Church on our way to the château de montaner. It is a historical monument of France.
    The Church of Saint Michel is locally known as the painted Church having painted walls and ceilings from the 16C

    The Church itself was built in 1370. The hours to see it are April,May, June,September and October ,every day at 17h30 except Tuesdays unless reserve at the castle nearby. July and August everyday from 14h-19h. Admission of the Church now is 2€ there is combination to see other painted churches in the area.

    The painted churches mean that these polychrome wall paintings with the presence of ochre yellow and red, Brown, green, blue, white, grey, black and yellow and red. The technique used is that of painting in tempera on mortar dry. This is a very old painting technique is to mix the color in water before mixing it with glue to liquid skin or the egg. The prepared colours are then applied on a plaster dry. One must distinguish the painting in tempera of the fresco which is carried out in the reverse on a wet mortar.

    enjoy it when in the area;see it but pictures are not allowed Inside.

    Church of Saint Michel going away the side of the Church
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    Palais épiscopal et Porte de l’Esquirette

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2014

    This is in ruins but impressive to imagine the size of it overlooking the city below, we came by the parking saint louis and climb a stair up a Stream passing undernearth very quaint and once on top this the ruins of what it was the Palais Episcopal with its gate or porte de l'esquirette still quite visible,a medieval gate built around the 13C.

    It was built in the 14C and you see too the Tower or tour d'Oubliettes. The terrasses overlook the the chain of the Pyrenees mountains whilst on the opposite side, the path of the Arles Way (itinerary on the Ways of Compostela) links the Saint-James' Refuge with the last remnants of the episcopal palace.

    nice place for a rest and stop and comtemplate the mountains ahead.

    the remnants of the Episcopal Palace of Lescar the tour d'Oubliettes view from high town at palais ��piscopal the stairs from saint louis to palais ��piscopal
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    Musée Art et Culture de Lescar

    by gwened Written Aug 22, 2014

    This is the art and culture museum of Lescar with many antiquities items found right in the area. It is housed in the old cellars of the episcopal palace very nice.

    the admission is free!
    The tourist site in contact is in English with all needed current information. We stop by on our way back from seeing the Cathedral of the Kings of Navarre nearby. We park our car for free at the bottom of the hilly street by pont saint louis.

    Museum of Art and Culture of Lescar inside entrance of museum
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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.

    horse/poney ride station in the ferme a pig nice one is loose!!!get it the entrance to the ferme exotique
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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.

    Morlanne
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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

    St-Sulpices Megalith
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