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TAKE your pick of private gardens to explore when the Open Gardens scheme welcomes visitors to a selection of places in the west of the Lot. Established in France in 2013 on the model of the successful UK National Garden Scheme, the open days allow people to explore and learn... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at This French Life
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THE summer sounds of reggae will be drifting through the Café Associatif in Loubéjac on June 3, when Sadaka will be providing an evening of music. Starting at 21h, and with free entry, the band will be playing a collection of their own original reggae music, with a heavy influence... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at This French Life
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WALKERS took to the paths, farm engines rattled and whirled, plates were loaded with food and cups topped off with wine, while the sun shone down on the journée champêtre in Loubéjac. An early morning start saw walkers head out from beneath the church on pathways dotted with orchids, tall... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at This French Life
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A NEW service between Manchester and Bergerac airport will start in the summer of 2018, operated by Jet2.com. A regular Saturday service will available for travellers between 26 May and 22 September, 2018. Flight times are set to be, departing Manchester at 7h25 to land in Bergerac at 10h25, while... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at This French Life
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PETER Quill and his fellow Guardians are hired by a powerful alien race, the Sovereign, to protect their precious batteries from invaders. When it is discovered that Rocket has stolen the items they were sent to guard, the Sovereign dispatch their armada to search for vengeance. As the Guardians try... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at This French Life
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ONE of the growing appeals of chestnut flour is that it is gluten free and many people are choosing to buy breads, biscuits and other delicacies to help their diet. You can learn more about chestnuts and how it is milled during an open day at Domaine de Rapatel, on... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at This French Life
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THE annual Nuit des Musées takes place on Saturday 20 May with the promise of light shows, theatrical performances and public readings bringing a whole new life to exhibits. Public buildings, museums and other institutions will be open to the public free of charge for an occasion that has gained... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at This French Life
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A WEEKEND of music, fireworks and mobylettes is on offer at the Prats-du-Périgord fête on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 June. The distinctive village will provide a stunning backdrop to the annual fête that opens with a Basque themed meal, then musette music, fireworks and a disco long into the... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at This French Life
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ONE or two pyramidal orchids have popped up in Loubejac, hopefully the roadside verges won't be cut for a wee while yet (click the image above to enlarge). Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at This French Life
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IF you are a little worried about moles or lumps on your skin then you may be able to take advantage of an awareness campaign from the union representing dermatologists, SNDV. More than 2,500 skin specialists are offering up free consultations between 15 and 19 May, to help answer questions... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at This French Life
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ALTHOUGH the spring sunshine is welcomed by many, it is not greeted as warmly by those people who suffer from hay fever. Le Réseau National de Surveillance Aérobiologique (RNSA) website is a useful stop for hay fever sufferers as there are guides and regular updates available. There are historical records... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at This French Life
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A REGULAR attendant at many of the festivities in Villefranche-du-Périgord is the village choir, and next month they celebrate their 25th anniversary. A special concert taking in everything from Mozart to Barry Manilow, Handel to Georges Brassens will be performed at the Eglise Notre-Dame in the main square of Villefranche... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at This French Life
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CENTRIST Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidency, but now faces the challenge of convincing around a third of the population he is up for the job. He took 65.68% of the vote (20.2 million) to far-right National Front Le Pen’s 34.32%. But with a voting population of 47.5 million,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at This French Life
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THE cold snap towards the end of April that damaged the vines of the Bordeaux region looks set to cost wine growers in the region around a billion euros. Sud Ouest reports that growers have been able to assess the damage and they say around 30% of this year's coming... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at This French Life
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FRANCE is in the final straight of the race to be the next president of the Cinquième République, as the second round vote takes place on Sunday. And it is quite a race as this morning France is still wiping itself down after a fierce TV debate between centrist Emmanuel... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at This French Life
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THERE was an air of confidence from Italian chestnut producers who have beaten a cynip insect infestation of their crop, as they explained how during a conference on the future of the industry in the Dordogne. Renzo Panzacchi had come from Bologna to speak at the Printemps de la Châtaigne... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at This French Life
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MAMMATUS cloud formed over Loubéjac after a period of storms and heavy rain rattled across the countryside this weekend. And here is some background from Wikipedia. Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at This French Life
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AFTER the horrors of the First World War, Georges escaped to Africa now in 1923 he returns to the family home. Here he finds his mother caring for his brother, Marcel, living in a world of silence after being injured in the war as well. Georges struggles to find his... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at This French Life
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THE authorities in the Dordogne have launched a campaign of awareness and protection against the spread of the tiger mosquito, or moustique tigre. The mosquito can carry diseases such as chikungunya, dengue and Zika and was first spotted in the Dordogne in 2015. It is now a problem across many... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at This French Life
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FROM today, 1 May, it will cost an extra €2 to visit your doctor in France as the price for a standard consultation is now €25. The price increase has come after a long period of discussions between medical associations and government, although there has been no increase for the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at This French Life
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THIS year's journée champêtre, or country fair, here in Loubejac takes place on Sunday 21 May. The day starts at 9h with an eight or 13 km walk for the active with a registration fee of 3€, close on 100 people took part last year, with walkers setting off from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at This French Life
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ACT up to your heart's content or listen to some Blues at the Café Associatif L'Ecole, in the salles des fêtes in Loubéjac, when it opens its doors on the first weekend of the month. On Saturday 6 May from 14h there is a chance to take part in a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at This French Life
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SARLAT is set to be a key point on the route of this year's Tour de France as it winds its way through the Dordogne on 11 July. Sud Ouest reports that the popular tourist town will host three 'villages' for cycling fans to enjoy, including special features on the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at This French Life
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THE frost is still to loosen its grip on this corner of the Dordogne, as Loubejac woke up after a chilly night. The fields and low bushes were covered in a coat of frost this morning and in the woods the drip, drip, drip of the ice melting off the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at This French Life
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IT is a few months off, but one to consider if you have friends visiting this year, as Villefranche-du-Périgord and other bastides in the region celebrate their long history. La Depeche reports that from 29 September to 1 October, Villefranche will join Monpazier, Monflanquin and Villeréal in marking the history... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at This French Life