During 2 days (Friday 31 mai and saturday 1st of June 2019), The Bergerac & Duras Winemakers welcome you at the Bergerac Wine Fest VINETA, ready to share their passion and meet the wine lovers in the quest to find a really great wine!
Since the Bergerac Old Town part is getting a facelift (House of Wines, Harbour…) the Wine Fest will take place on the other side of the river, in the Madeleine area, Place Barbacane.
During 3 days, (from 31/5 to 2/6/2019), you’ll get the chance to meet face to face 50 talented local artists ready to show the best of their unique collections and to attend free workshops in the medieval village of Monpazier, 15-20 mins from our rental, L’Ancienne Ecole, in the heart of Beaumont du Périgord.
Created by le Pays du Grand Bergeracois in partnership with Monbazillac Wine Coop, in 2009, this event has been the must see for any craft addict!
Last year, the show was in the majestic Castle of Monbazillac.
Grab our special offer and enjoy a stay at l’Ancienne Ecole, our children friendly self catering holiday accommodation, right in the middle of the historic village of Beaumont du Périgord, Dordogne, SW of France (my article: 3 reasons why you should holiday in Beaumont)
No car needed, all amenities at walking distances (bakers, pubs restaurants, bank, post office, sustainable corner shop, ice cream place, markets, brocante…) 20mins from Bergerac airport Children friendly : List of things you don’t need to worry about: https://goo.gl/ZELzGy availabilities: https://goo.gl/uLtWxJ Private salt water pool Concierge Service & Gourmet Tours
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But, very few people know that in night of the 30th/31st of august 1968, the village of Hautefort woke up in panic watching the castle going up in flames.
The recent event of the Notre Dame fire brought back these memories.
It’s impossible to talk about the Hautefort tragedy without admiring the tenacity, determination and courage of it owner, the Baroness Henry De Bastard!
In 1929, the Baron and the Baroness de Bastard purchased the inhabitable and in bad need of restoration castle of Hautefort. The baroness spent 35 years and her fortune to bring it back to its former glory.
In 1967, she was able to move in and decided to open the property to the public.
It took only a cigarette butt thrown in a pile of sawdust in the attic by two teenage girls to cause the partial destruction of the property.
Only 2 days after the fire, the Baroness, devastated, declared that once again she will save Hautefort!
She gave the castle to the collectivity to set up the Hautefort foundation.
The whole country was moved by the tragedy following a huge campaign. Prime time radio shows, stamps, christmas cards were released to encourage generosity.
The ORTF ( Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française, national agency charged with providing public radio and television in France announced on the 30th of november 1968 on the news the launch of the Hautefort Christmas cards (1 franc each with 0,80 centime going to the Hautefort Foundation) sold to rebuild Hautefort (listen from 12’20 to 18′)
Hautefort Stamp released in 1969 to rebuild the castle
In 1976, most of the work was completed.
The total cost was approx 10 million of francs ie 1,5 million euros (back then in 1969) for its reconstruction (52% from the Baroness own money, the rest: 35% from the Historic Monuments of France, 4% from the Dordogne Departement, 4% form the Aquitaine Region and 5% from the public (sale of postcards, stamps, 626 private and public donations)
Today, the magnificent Hautefort castle is standing proud and more than ever acknowledged as one of the must-see in the Dordogne Valley!
Last week (Tues 9th of april 2019), we decided to check on the Green Lane progress between Prigonrieux and Bergerac ie Le Chemin de la Batellerie (walk connected to the Pierre Loti footpath from the Bergerac port: my article here).
Work is still in progress with some parts already done (tarmac) and some not.
After many years in the pipeline, this 32 million of euros project got the green light in early 2018 and work started shortly after.
But in december 2018, the State Council put it on hold ruling in favor of the wildlife and heritage organizations. More infos: read my article: here).
Yesterday 09/04/19, the Administrative Court of Bordeaux cancelled the authorisation to build the bypass. So from “suspended” the project got “cancelled” and demolition order was given (total cost: 15 million).
Despite losing, the Chairman of the Departmental Council of Dordogne, Germinal Peiro, does not seem to be defeated by this decision. He confirmed that he is going to appeal!
Our village is getting ready for monday Easter Brocante (22sd of April from 8am to 6pm).
Art deco frames and painting, vintage glassware, local crockery, old mirrors & clocks, jars and pottery, cutlery, candle holders, jewelry, vintage chairs, old dolls and vintage toys… you name it: this flea market is always a fun time for bargain hunters, tourists or just passersby!
So, don’t miss it!
More infos: Location: on the square and the surrounding streets (from 8am to 6pm).
Ever wondered what this big yellow train doing on the tracks near Bergerac?
As you might know, (my articles here and here), the SNCF has decided to improve and modernise the railway infrastructure between Bergerac and Libourne which is used by 900 000 passengers per year.
So, since the 2sd of january and for 9 months, work has been carried out on the 62 km of railway.
At the moment, you can spot one of the three SNCF “Train Usine” also called “Suite Rapide” or “Train de Substitution” which is a track renewal train.
This giant of 750m requires 70 workers to operate the whole train to renovate every day between 1000 and 1400m of tracks. Old ones are been removed and new ones put in their places.
Once it’s done, the Ballast Train will come along to suck up and remove the old ballast (stones used to form the bed of a railway track), sorted it out : the good stones will reused again on the very same tracks, the bad stones will be sent off to be processed and used later on. To complete, new ballast will be injected on the tracks.
Additional Information can be found at Bergerac.fr (updated on the 08/04/19 with which railroad crossing is closed)