Theme Week Gascony – Auch

28 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage

Armagnac Tower and Auch Cathedral © Chrwalker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Armagnac Tower and Auch Cathedral © Chrwalker/cc-by-sa-3.0

Auch is a commune in southwestern France. Located in the region of Midi-Pyrénées, it is the capital of the Gers department. Auch is the historical capital of Gascony.   read more…

Theme Week Gascony – Pau

27 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Boulevard des Pyrénées © Flo641/cc-by-sa-3.0

Boulevard des Pyrénées © Flo641/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pau is a commune on the northern edge of the Pyrenees, capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Département in Aquitaine. It was also the capital of the historical Béarn Province. It forms the communauté d’agglomération of Pau-Pyrénées with 13 neighbouring communes to carry out local tasks together. Place Clemenceau, the heart of the downtown area, is the site of many public festivals, great shopping, and a beautiful fountain.   read more…

Theme Week Gascony – Tarbes

26 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Town Hall © Florent Pécassou/cc-by-sa-3.0

Town Hall © Florent Pécassou/cc-by-sa-3.0

Tarbes is a commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées department in south-western France. It was known as Turba or Tarba in Roman times. It is part of the historical region of Gascony. It is the second largest metropolitan area of Midi-Pyrénées, with 110,000 inhabitants.   read more…

Theme Week Gascony – Dax

25 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Bullring entrance © CTHOE/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bullring entrance © CTHOE/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dax is a commune in Aquitaine in south-western France, sub-prefecture of the Landes department. It is also a market town, former bishopric and busy local centre, especially for the Chalosse area.   read more…

Theme Week Gascony – Bagnères-de-Luchon

24 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Casino © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Casino © Père Igor/cc-by-sa-3.0

Bagnères-de-Luchon, also referred to as Luchon, is a French commune and spa town in the Haute-Garonne department in the Midi-Pyrénées region of south-western France. The inhabitants of the commune are known as Luchonnais or Luchonnaises. The commune has been awarded three flowers by the National Council of Towns and Villages in Bloom in the Competition of cities and villages in Bloom.   read more…

Theme Week Gascony

23 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Château de Castelmore in Lupiac, birthplace of Comte d’Artagnan © Jibi44/cc-by-2.5

Château de Castelmore in Lupiac, birthplace of Comte d’Artagnan © Jibi44/cc-by-2.5

Gascony is an area of southwest France that was part of the “Province of Guyenne and Gascony” prior to the French Revolution. The region is vaguely defined and the distinction between Guyenne and Gascony is unclear; sometimes they are considered to overlap, and sometimes Gascony is considered a part of Guyenne. Most definitions put Gascony east and south of Bordeaux.   read more…

Cape Ferret on the Atlantic

14 March 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

Cap Ferret Lighthouse © Larrousiney/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cap Ferret Lighthouse © Larrousiney/cc-by-sa-3.0

Cap Ferret (English: Cape Ferret) is a headland, situated at the south end of the commune of Lège-Cap-Ferret in the French department of Gironde and region of Aquitaine. The headland takes the form of a spit, which separates the Atlantic Ocean from Arcachon Bay. At the same time, the entrance to Arcachon Bay separates Cap Ferret from the resort town of Arcachon. Under Napoleon III. the oyster farming became common in Gascony after 1860. The Wadden was parceled out for this purpose, and the plots were sold.   read more…

Overview Theme Weeks

27 December 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Theme Weeks

Theme Weeks In irregular intervals we publish Theme Weeks about cities, regions, and countries. Here you can find the complete list.   read more…

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