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Summer in Southwest France

Summer is here, les grandes vacances have begun and the foreign number plates in the area have multiplied. And to go with them, a little present from the French government: a drop in the speed limit on secondary roads from … Continue reading

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Fête Time at Teysseroles

  It’s that time of year again. La fête de Teysseroles, the chapel we are helping to restore, looms on the horizon. This is our big annual fundraiser, which attracts more than 200 revellers and swells our coffers by several … Continue reading

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Partying French Style

As in previous years, the group involved in restoring the chapel at Teysseroles held their own party as a pat on the back for another successful fête. Last night, 20 of us turned up chez Simone and Jean-Claude, who have … Continue reading

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Saving a sacred site: la Chapelle de Teysseroles

The fête season has started with a vengeance. Posters advertising local events are attached to every signpost and telegraph pole. You have only to park somewhere for five minutes to find a sheaf of flyers under the windscreen wiper when you … Continue reading

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A moo-ving experience: la fête de la transhumance

The small town of Aubrac in the eastern Aveyron is subject to an invasion every year during the penultimate weekend in May. Hundreds of cows and thousands of people descend (or, perhaps more accurately, ascend) on this granite-built bourg set in … Continue reading

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A small village with a big heart in southwest France

  There’s a tiny village in this corner of southwest France called Espinas. Perched on a hilltop amid glorious rolling countryside, it appears to be the typical sleepy French hamlet as you drive through. The dog lying in the road … Continue reading

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