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Report 2022: Nine Weeks in Country, France

By phirhon from Queensland, Australia, Spring 2012

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Page 2 of 12: Week 1 Gers, 24 - 31 March

I have a book called "Memories of Gascony" by Pierre Koffman which tells of childhood vacations spent on his grandparents farm in the Gers region. So I was looking forward to our first week in this rural area and we were not disappointed. The weather was glorious - so warm - and the country patchwork of green and plowed fields.

Our gite was in a hamlet near St Clar which had all the facilities we needed. This area has wonderful villages and bastides, some of which are Plus Beaux Villages. Many have lovely arcades and halles that are typical of this area. Over the week we visited Lavardens, Fources, Lerressingle, Auvillar to name but a few. We saw the very fine cloisters at Moissac, the amazing collegiale of La Romieu (two towers to climb) which dominates the village,and the simple austere church at St Chapelle, which hides a flamboyant Baroque interior with galleries that are almost theatrical.

We sampled Armagnac and enjoyed our bottle of the aperitif Floc de Gascogne. This area is also known for its poultry products and these were very evident in the markets we saw in Fleurance and Lectoure. It was a lovely week. We could not believe the weather.

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