The Freebird Times - Issue 3

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TRAVEL

This is a must, especially if you are there in the July/

August holiday period because if you are, you are in

for a medieval treat. It was at Castillon-la-Bataille that

the French defeated the British and ended the 100-year

war and 300 years of English possession of Aquitaine.

I first discovered this town and its exciting historical

pageant in 2003 when I was with friends who were

house hunting. (Theirs is a fairytale. They found their

dream house and are still living happily ever after in the

Dordogne). Every year, more than 600 local citizens reenact

the Battle of Castillon with an infectious joy and

enthusiasm and keep their audiences enthralled as the

spectacle unfolds over the 7 hectares surrounding the

Castegens Castle within cannon range of the original

battlefield. This intense 90-minute outdoor spectacle

with amazing pyrotechnic effects plunges the audience

into the middle ages with gusto.

Plan to arrive early and enjoy the medieval

exhibitions and excellent local fare at the modestly

priced restaurant. There are 18 performances over

summer and it’s best to book in advance.

Our hosts

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Fabienne’s place

BORDEAUX

Loves: Cooking, walking,

swimming, biking, relaxing

in a deckchair in the garden.

Philosophy of life: If you

can not do what you love,

try to love what you do.

Caroline’s place

LIMOGES,

HAUTE VIENNE

Loves: Pilates, reading,

knitting, sewing.

Philosophy of life: Enjoy

and make the most of

every moment.

Bordeaux describes itself as “the world wine

capital,” and the Gironde region produces

more wine than any other area in France.

Many of the estates are now involved in wine

tourism and it has become very easy to visit

their vineyards and wine cellars and sample

their production. They’ve been growing

wine in Bordeaux for over 2,000 years so

they’re pretty good at it…..

If wine isn’t your thing, there is no shortage

of other things to do. Bordeaux is a port city

so there are seaside walks and boat tours to

enjoy and it is also a World Heritage Site

with impressive examples of neo-classic and

French civil architecture.

Planning a trip to France? To see our full list of

hosts, visit our website www.freebirdclub.com

THE FREEBIRD TIMES – ISSUE NO. 3, AUGUST 2018

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