An Insider’s Guide to Gascony
Twenty years ago Gascony wasn’t on many people’s must-visit lists, but it’s now being lauded as France’s new Bordeaux and foodie paradise by Condé Nast Traveler and CNN. Bordered on the west by the Atlantic ocean, the south by the Pyrénées mountains, the east by Toulouse and the north by the vineyards of Bordeaux, the region is dappled with ancient Roman ruins and humble bastides and remains as historically rich as it was in medieval times. Unchanged since the 1950s by industry, tourism or major highways, its landscape has remained agricultural for centuries. With white clouds that languish in deep blue skies above fields of bright yellow sunflowers, sun-kissed vineyards that stretch to the horizon, and velvet green pastures dotted with gaggles of geese and cream-coloured cows, Gascony’s appeal is seductively earthy, full-bodied and lusty, like its wines. It’s a culinary heartland of garlic, foie gras, duck confit, and France’s oldest brandy, Armagnac, and is as authentically farm-to-table as it gets.
Hidden France: Memories of the Resistance in the Gers
More often than not I’ve found that detours can enrich our journeys, altering us in unexpected ways. I often take the roads less traveled, choosing the unpredictable instead of being tethered to a map. Such was the result recently after deciding to return home from a friend’s house in the southeastern corner of the Gers, along the green-carpeted hills of the Lannemezan plateau, which borders the foothills of the Pyrénées.
Revisioning Lourdes, the World-Famous Site of Christian Pilgrimage
For 159 years, millions of the faithful from all over the world have flocked to Lourdes, where, it is said, the sick can be healed miraculously. But as 21st-century medicine refuses to declare any disease incurable, the bar on what can be deemed a miracle has lowered. The Church has adopted a weaker definition of ‘miracle’, which, as I discovered, is the biggest miracle of all.
Learn how to take better photographs on a course in Gascony
Blessed with extraordinary natural beauty, peppered with picturesque villages, Gascony is an outstanding place to join a photography course.
Gascony is a region full of stone bridges, half-forgotten abbeys, hilltop villages and ancient traditions. The heart of this terrain lies in the Gers départment, where white clouds languish in blue skies above rows of vines that stretch to the horizon. This is the land of plenty, the least industrialized, most rural area in France; an agricultural Eden of wheat, corn, grains, grapes and sunflowers that produce an earthy gastronomy. And, because this landscape is relatively unknown except to insiders, it’s not an area overrun by tourists.
Join a brilliant summer weekend wine tour of Gers
The gorgeous Gers is famous for its stunning landscape but did you know that it’s also one of the best wine making areas of France?
It’s not just awesome Armagnac that’s made in this largely unexplored region of France, but also sublime wines. The vines grow alongside fields of bright sunflowers on steep hills, in natural valleys, in rolling, lush countryside in soil that’s rich. From the grapes comes lavish red wine and crisp whites that are unpretentious, great quality and easy to drink.
The Ultimate Antiquing Tour of France
If you think that the treasures that can be found at a fabulous French flea market are an irresistible temptation – you’ll love the famous summer flea markets of Gascony…
Every year crowds of devotees and onlookers gather to search for a bargain, a rare item, a decorating idea or a souvenir. In the unspoiled area known as Gascony – there can only be one contender for best of the best – the Barcelone-du-Gers vide-grenier.
12 best France bloggers 2017
Taking a look at the best France bloggers counts as one of the most entertaining ways to get real insight into the country. Our blog readers obviously think so too because our top 10 blogs about France 2016 published last year is one of our most popular posts. So popular in fact that we’ve decided to revisit the listing for 2017.