People from the French Southwest

Three words respectively in French, Spanish and Basque to define what is a very competitive sport in the Basque country: boat races manned by 14 men. Like all Basque sports, the origin of this sport is traditional and refers to a way of living. In this case sailors would challenge each others to shore or […]

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I recommend to time your visit of Bordeaux with the Bordeaux fête le vin festival taking place every other year. You purchase an inexpensive passport to sample wines from the various wine regions  from a huge selection of wineries as you stroll down from tent to tent, set along the Garonne river. Of course Bordeaux […]

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Good video capturing various festivals and festivities on St Jean de Luz cultural agenda: Fêtes andalouses in May, Fêtes de la St Jean in June, Fête du thon in July, Musique en Côte Basque in September, Young director film festival. A few glimpses of some local sports such as jai-alai , a form of Basque […]

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Check out that video with the very popular song HAPPY. All dancing shots are captured in the Basque country: a pretty glimpse on activities and settings many folks enjoy in the Basque country. I like it!

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At Christmas, I went to a performance in San Sebastian that brought together 4 different forms of Basque artistic expressions of high caliber. The  show is called Herritmo and the video above gives a good synopsis of all participants: – Oreka: known for their talent on txalaparta  ( Basque percussions) that was discovered on a […]

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The Vaya Con Dios male choir from Southwest France normally sings Basque and Spanish repertoire. Recently you can listen to their song ( or rather their alarming plead!) to motivate people to react as traditional milk production is disappearing fast.  Consequences are drastic for consumers, traditional farming, active farmers, a way of life in rural […]

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Not much to add to this Globe and Mail article describing the yearly Basque tradition of meals at a cider house.  Well, I wish I could casually drop in at one of them  in prime season, January until April, from … my Toronto home and still enjoy Canadian winters! Many of the houses remain open […]

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The video speaks on its own: adventure activities in costume in a race format early April!      

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This slide show from the local newspaper captures the scope of the challenges people in Southwest France face at the moment with large scale flooding into villages and towns located closed to rivers and by the coast. A combination of very mild weather has created the premature melting of the snow in the mountains compounded […]

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Just organized a few shots from my last stay in my birth region over the Christmas holiday. I grew up in the Southern part of les Landes in South West France, right where they intersect with the Béarn and the Basque country. During the 3 week stay, I hopped back and forth between France and […]

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