The gently-rolling Gascony countryside is mainly agricultural – predominantly maize, sunflowers, and of course vineyards, and the way of life much slower. It can be difficult to adjust at first, coming from a 24-hour society, to shops shutting for 2 hours at lunchtime! The area is steeped in history, and is renowned for its production of Armagnac. There are ancient bastide towns, the birthplace of d’Artagnan, and breathtaking views of the Pyrénées. The area comes alive in summer, with fêtes almost every weekend from May to September, the sounds of the bandas, “vide greniers” (car boot sales) where you can pick up some interesting old French knickknacks, and major events such as the Latin-American festival at Vic Fezensac, the Country and Western festival in Mirande (both in July) and the 2-week world-renowned Jazz festival in Marciac during the first two weeks of August. The closeness to Spain is evident, both in the names of some of the locals, and in the popularity of the ‘course landaise’ – the competitors jump over the animal. It is not the blood sport of Spanish bullfighting. A day trip to Spain is a popular outing for many. For motor racing enthusiasts (cars/ bikes/lorries) the race track “Circuit Paul Armagnac” in Nogaro holds regular competitions during the year, and if you own a small plane or glider, or want lessons, there are small airports in Nogaro or Aire sur l’Adour. The Atlantic coast and the Pyrénées are only about a 90 minute drive. The airport links are Pau (1 hour), Bordeaux, Toulouse and Biarritz (2 hours), and Lourdes/Tarbes. Nearest station – Mont de Marsan. Railways and motorways circle the Gers, they do not cross it.
My husband and I moved to the Gers, close to the border with the Landes, in 2007 for a better way of life. The fresh clean air, the warm sunshine even in January, the lack of traffic, a slower pace of life, good friends – we have found our dream. I was a former bilingual PA/Secretary before moving to France so the language wasn’t a problem – although understanding the local accent is sometimes a challenge! I also speak German, though it is a little rusty now. I love meeting new people and I look forward to helping you find your own dream here.View Midi-Pyrenees Information Homepage
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Region: Midi Pyrenees
Near: ST AUNIX LENGROS
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